Disaster Ministry News


EDF grants are directed to aid refugees from Syria, Burundi (December 2, 2016)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to aid Syrian and other refugees sheltering in Lebanon, and refugees from Burundi who have fled to Tanzania. Read more »


Brethren complete Nigeria workcamp (December 2, 2016)

With blue and yellow t-shirts marking the occasion, a group of Brethren from the United States joined Nigerian counterparts in a workcamp with the motto, “Come Let Us Rebuild.” The workcamp was sponsored by the Brethren Evangelical Support Trust (BEST) and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Nine American Brethren led by Global Mission and Service executive director Jay Wittmeyer traveled to Nigeria for a two-week church construction project from Nov. 7-18. Read more »


Workcamp constructs church for displaced Nigerians (November 18, 2016)

The first of a series of workcamps to rebuild churches has been taking place in Nigeria. The series is connected with the Nigeria Crisis Response, a joint effort of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). At this workcamp, a group of nine Brethren from several different congregations have helped construct a church for displaced Nigerians. 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 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.
file type File 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.
file type File 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.
file type File Bridges Summer 2014 (695 KB)
Typhoon Haiyan recovery, Nigerian Brethren face terrorism, CDS response to WA mudslide, Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, and more.
file type File 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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