International Disaster Response

Apr 25, 2017 by Jonathan Self

Nepal: Two Years After the Earthquake

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)

Mar 9, 2017 by Jonathan Self

World Renew Reaches out to South Sudanese Refugees

Over one million South Sudanese families have already escaped the violence and famine and are taking refuge in northern Uganda. While the government of Uganda is welcoming these refugees, the infrastructure needs are great. Bidibidi is a refugee camp that has been created in Uganda since the outbreak of fighting last year. In the span of just 6 months this camp, which now stretches 22 kilometers, has become a home for nearly 300,000 people. One of the greatest needs in Bidibidi is proper sanitation.

Dec 22, 2016 by Jonathan Self

A story of hope for families living in Aceh, Indonesia

Do you remember what you were doing on the morning of December 26, twelve years ago? Many of us in North America may recall waking up to tragic news stories of unimaginable destruction caused by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated the country of Indonesia. For those of us who watched the disaster unfold at a distance, it may be hard to believe so many years have passed. Yet for many families in the region of Aceh, the painful memories of that fateful day will never leave.

Dec 19, 2016 by Jonathan Self

A Busy Season for IRMs Serving Disaster Survivors

”Busy” is a word that often comes to mind when we think about the Christmas season.

Dec 8, 2016 by Jonathan Self

Hurricane Matthew Survivors Receive 3 Months of Food Assistance

Twenty four hours. That’s how long Odeleine, Jacques and their children took shelter in a small concrete shelter while Hurricane Matthew relentlessly battered their town of Duchity.

Dec 7, 2016 by John and Hilda Van Gyssel

The Faces of Hunger

Here, in Malawi, those two problems often do walk hand in hand. The people in this part of Africa have suffered from flooding in 2015 which severely depleted their crops. Furthermore, in 2016, the sun relentlessly baked down on the remaining seeds which were harvested from the previous year. This has totally wiped out any possibility of growing food.

Nov 15, 2016 by Harry and Greta Harsevoort

Progress in Nepal

Harry and I arrived in Kathmandu on October 28th after a very long 36 hour trip. It’s really great being back, catching up with staff, colleagues from other INGOs, and friends we made here previously, as well as seeing the progress that was made in the field since we left early last May. We spent the first few days in orientation with World Renew’s Program Manager, Mukti Suvedi, before he returned to Canada to spend time with his family.

Nov 14, 2016

Ride for Sea to Sea!

Registrants can sign up for the entire 9-week ride or a segment of it at The full tour takes place from June 26 to August 31, 2017, and spans the U.S. and Canada from Vancouver to Halifax.

Oct 21, 2016 by Adele Konyndyk

Ontario Couple Heads to Malawi to Help Hungry Families

John and Hilda Van Gyssel had the song “Here I am, Lord,” on their minds as they set out for Malawi on October 16 to serve as International Relief Managers (IRMs) with World Renew.

Oct 6, 2016 by Beth Degraff

Haitians Need Emergency Assistance after Hurricane Matthew

World Renew is responding to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew, which made a direct hit on the southwest corner Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. World Renew staff on the ground in Leogane and Duchity are assessing the needs of those who were affected and are determining how resources can best be used to provide emergency aid to those who need it most – even as Matthew heads for the U.S. East Coast today.