Disaster Ministry News
Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $50,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the next phase of response to devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew. The storm hit the island on Oct. 4, 2016, as a powerful category 4 hurricane, causing widespread damage and considerable losses, and up to 1,600 deaths. Read more »
Although we have seen Facebook posts and news releases stating that the Nigerian army has defeated the Boko Haram, violence still continues in northeast Nigeria. Most of the ongoing attacks in the Madagali and Gwoza area are not reported anywhere. One big attack, killing or injuring over 100 people in a Madagali market in December, did make the news. Read more »
A summary of the Nigeria Crisis Response work carried out in 2016 has been provided to Newsline by coordinator Roxane Hill. The Nigeria Crisis Response is a joint effort of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries are both involved in the effort. The following summary covers the year through November and includes tallies of accomplishments in the seven areas of focus. For more about the Nigeria Crisis Response go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis . Read more »
August 10, 2015
BDM volunteers are touched by Colorado flood survivors' stories.
Volunteers form special bond with Hurricane Sandy survivor
July 29, 2015
As the week went on, we found the homeowner learning right along with us.
Blood drive honors the late R. Jan Thompson
July 17, 2015
The blood drive at the recent Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla. was held in honor of the late R. Jan Thompson.
Sign up now to give blood at Annual Conference
July 8, 2015
This year’s blood drive at Annual Conference will honor the late R. Jan Thompson’s contributions to the Church’s disaster ministries. Blood donors can sign up online or on site.
Hurricane Matthew response, Haiti, Rebuild project updates, Nigeria, Children's Disaster Services, Chibok girls reunited
Bridges Summer 2016 (789 KB)
Healing hearts in Nigeria, WV Rebuild project, Detroit experiences, Nepal update, Refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more
Bridges Winter 2016 (1.31 MB)
2015 reports (BDM and CDS); DRSI, a new initiative in South Carolina; CDS work; update on Rebuild program; crisis in the Dominican Republic; information on Syrian refugees.
Bridges Fall 2015 (372 KB)
Trauma healing workshops and livelihood assistance in Nigeria, CDS responds to California wildfires, BDM welcomes new staff, and more.
Bridges Summer 2015 (575 KB)
BDM and CDS disaster responses, Nigeria Crisis Response reports, Nepal earthquake, disaster relief auctions and other fundraisers, and more.
Bridges - Winter - Spring 2015 (640 KB)
Response to terrorism and displacement in Nigeria, BDM recovery efforts in New Jersey, CDS fire response, staff announcements, yearend reports, and more.
Bridges Fall 2014 (424 KB)
Crisis in Nigeria, BDM surpasses Sandy recovery grant goal from Red Cross, CDS expands response capacity in Hawaii, and more.
Bridges Summer 2014 (695 KB)
Typhoon Haiyan recovery, Nigerian Brethren face terrorism, CDS response to WA mudslide, Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, and more.
Bridges Spring 2014 (495 KB)
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, CDS response to winter storm, Hurricane Sandy recovery in U.S. and Haiti, 2013 financial report and volunteer statistics, staff changes, more.
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