Disaster Ministry News


Church World Service provides online 'Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation' (June 23, 2018)

Church World Service (CWS) has put together an extensive online resource titled "Interfaith Toolkit to End Family Separation and Keep Families Together." The Church of the Brethren is a member denomination of Church World Service, and partners with CWS through Brethren Disaster Ministries. CWS has worked for decades with refugee resettlement and support for migrants. Read more »


CDS sends new team to respond to Hawaii volcano (June 8, 2018)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent a new team to Hawaii to continue the response to the volcanic eruption that was begun by local volunteers Petie Brown and Randy Kawate. The American Red Cross had requested a CDS team to respond on the Big Island of Hawaii. The new team arrived at the Pahoa shelter on Wednesday, June 6. Read more »


Nigeria project aims to save records of victims of Boko Haram violence (June 7, 2018)

The Centre for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) Humanitarian Analysis project tells many stories. Dr. Rebecca S. Dali started the non-governmental organization (NGO) 29 years ago, in 1989 before Boko Haram violence began to plague northern Nigeria. She started CCEPI because she herself experienced hunger, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty growing up. Her passion for those struggling to live in northeast Nigeria led Dali to provide livelihood, trauma healing, protection monitoring, as well as basic food, clothing, and shelter, and most recently re-integration of abducted women into society. Read more »


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BDM Features


Paying it back
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.

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Bridges newsletters

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.
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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.
file type File Bridges Fall 2016 (783 KB)
Hurricane Matthew response, Haiti, Rebuild project updates, Nigeria, Children's Disaster Services, Chibok girls reunited
file type File Bridges Summer 2016 (789 KB)
Healing hearts in Nigeria, WV Rebuild project, Detroit experiences, Nepal update, Refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more
file type File 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.
file type File Bridges Fall 2015 (372 KB)
Trauma healing workshops and livelihood assistance in Nigeria, CDS responds to California wildfires, BDM welcomes new staff, and more.
file type File Bridges Summer 2015 (575 KB)
BDM and CDS disaster responses, Nigeria Crisis Response reports, Nepal earthquake, disaster relief auctions and other fundraisers, and more.

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