World Renew is responding to the unparalleled flooding in southern Alberta that forced 100,000 people from their homes on Friday and killed three. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is appealing for volunteers from Christian Reformed congregations in Alberta to help with cleaning up in Calgary, High River, Canmore, and Bragg Creek.
"This is truly an opportunity for the Christian Reformed churches to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our own communities during this unprecedented flood," said Bill Adams, former director of World Renew DRS.
In March and April 2013, weather conditions combined to create devastating disasters in other parts of North America.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Grand River reached 100-year record levels, submerging homes and businesses in flood water. World Renew DRS sent clean-up crews to help homeowners.
In north-central Ontario, more than 136 mm (5 inches) of rain fell on frozen ground in the month of April – the highest April rainfall since recordkeeping began there. A sudden heat wave then melted the winter’s snow and funneled even more water into raging rivers, causing severe, widespread flooding across the area. World Renew DRS not only sent volunteers to help with clean up but also helped rebuild a home for a local family in need. Watch the DRS I Am Home video to see the story.
In Texas, several twisters dropped out of a thunderstorm near Granbury, killing six people and damaging more than 100 homes. World Renew DRS conducted a needs assessment and is sending week-long volunteer groups to help with rebuilding.
World Renew is involved in a long-term response in these areas. Please support this effort with your prayers and financial gifts.
To volunteer to help disaster survivors, visit worldrenew.net/drs to get started.
Donate Online using the link on this page, or send your check marked "Spring Storms 2013" to:
World Renew US
2850 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49560
World Renew Canada
P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD
Burlington, Ontario, L7R 3Y8