Disaster Ministry News


The gift continues: Puerto Rican Brethren host celebration of Heifer’s 75th anniversary (October 11, 2019)

The 75th anniversary of Heifer International was celebrated Oct. 5, in Castañer, P.R., hosted by Puerto Rico District of the Church of the Brethren, the Castañer congregation, and Castañer Hospital. Puerto Rico was the destination of the very first shipment of animals made by the Church of the Brethren’s Heifer Project in 1944. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services sends team to Texas (September 26, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) deployed a team to Beaumont, Texas, in response to the flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda. The team arrived Sunday, Sept. 22, and began serving children in Beaumont and Silsbee, Texas, the following day. Read more »


EYN disaster ministry assists displaced people at three camps in Maiduguri (September 23, 2019)

The Disaster Relief Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has assisted about 1,200 internally displaced people (IDPs) from three camps in Maiduguri during a two-day intervention on Sept. 18-19. Maiduguri is the largest city in the far northeast of Nigeria, and the location of EYN’s largest congregation at EYN Maiduguri #1. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants go to hurricane relief in the Bahamas (September 12, 2019)

Three organizations carrying out relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian have received grants directed by Brethren Disaster Ministries from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund. The grants, each for $10,000, are going to the Church World Service (CWS) Development and Humanitarian Assistance Program, Feed the Children, and Mercy Chefs. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries issues update on Hurricane Dorian response (September 12, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), a program of Brethren Disaster Ministries, stood ready to assist where needed once Hurricane Dorian made its impact on the US. Brethren Disaster Ministries monitored Dorian’s progress as it moved across the southern Atlantic Ocean. Read more »


Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska (September 2, 2019)

Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for prayer for Puerto Rico (August 28, 2019)

“Please keep our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico in your prayers with Hurricane Dorian heading their way,” said Brethren Disaster Ministries director Jenn Dorsch-Messler in an email. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Dorian from tropical storm to hurricane status at 2 p.m. today. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico with tropical storm conditions expected there this afternoon and tonight. Read more »


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Rebuilding updates, Puerto Rico, VOAD conference, South Sudan relief, cyclones hit southern Africa, CDS updates
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Art, CDS news, Puerto Rico recovery, USVI report, upcoming disaster auctions, 2018 report, Nigeria update, Honduras flood response, and more
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Children's Disaster Services report, Hurricane Maria response, Rebuild program update, disaster response in Missouri, Nigeria, and more.
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