Disaster Ministry News


Two Church of the Brethren funds announce year’s first grants (January 17, 2020)

The Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and the Global Food Initiative Fund (GFI) have announced first grants for the year 2020. Read more »


Puerto Rico District, Brethren Disaster Ministries identifying needs following earthquakes (January 17, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren Puerto Rico District continues to ask for prayer for those affected by earthquake aftershocks and tremors continuing daily. More than 1,200 small earthquakes have occurred in Puerto Rico since Dec. 28, 2019. Several quakes over magnitude 5.0 have caused great damage, especially in the south, with the largest being 6.4 magnitude on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Read more »


Newsline Special: Puerto Rico earthquakes, responding to Iran crisis (January 8, 2020)

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries and district leaders report from Puerto Rico following earthquakes 2) Office of Peacebuilding and Policy issues action alert on Iran crisis, denomination joins in signing faith statement Read more »


Disaster Recovery Support Initiative to be taken up by Church World Service  (December 19, 2019)

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically. Over the past two years the disaster ministries of the Church of the Brethren, the United Church of Christ (UCC), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have joined forces to pioneer the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) in nine states and US territories. Now DRSI is folding into the disaster programs of Church World Service (CWS), a faith-based organization with 37 member communions including the Church of the Brethren. CWS responds to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster around the globe. Read more »


Hearts for Nigeria: Roxane Hill concludes her position with Nigeria Crisis Response (November 18, 2019)

Roxane Hill is concluding her position as coordinator of the Nigeria Crisis Response, as of the end of this year. Her husband, Carl Hill, pastor of Potsdam (Ohio) Church of the Brethren, also previously worked with her on the response. Here is a concluding report from Roxane and Carl Hill: Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries announces changes in rebuilding project sites (November 18, 2019)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has announced several changes in its rebuilding project sites as 2019 closes out and the new year begins. In related news, volunteers are urgently needed at two rebuilding locations in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico: Read more »


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 »


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Bridges newsletters

file type File Bridges - Fall 2019 (1.34 MB)
Puerto Rico partnership, CDS updates, American Red Cross honors CDS volunteers, Rebuilding news, border crisis, Nigeria progress, Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas
file type File Bridges - Summer 2019 (699 KB)
Rebuilding updates, Puerto Rico, VOAD conference, South Sudan relief, cyclones hit southern Africa, CDS updates
file type File Bridges - Winter 2019 (435 KB)
Art, CDS news, Puerto Rico recovery, USVI report, upcoming disaster auctions, 2018 report, Nigeria update, Honduras flood response, and more
file type File Bridges - Fall 2018 (1.04 MB)
Hurricane response, Rebuild update, CDS deployments, Nigeria Crisis, lessons during the hurricane
file type File Bridges Summer 2018 (837 KB)
Puerto Rico: The race to rebuild; DRSI in the USVI; Kathy Fry-Miller retirement announcement; BDM at National VOAD 2018, and more.
file type File Bridges - Winter 2018 (414 KB)
Children's Disaster Services report, Hurricane Maria response, Rebuild program update, disaster response in Missouri, Nigeria, and more.
file type File Bridges Fall 2017 (468 KB)
2017 disasters, responding to hurricane Maria, BVS volunteers, Rebuild program updates, Children's Disaster Service updates, Nigeria, "Top-notch work" testimonial
file type File Bridges Summer 2017 (413 KB)
Missouri flooding response, Rebuild program updates, Children's Disaster Services news, Brethren Service Center - we're still open!
file type File Bridges Winter 2017 (432 KB)
Nigeria update, Hurricane Matthew response in Haiti, new budget and donation process, Children's Disaster Services report, Rebuild projects information, and 2016 wrap up.

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