Disaster Ministry News


Being the church after a catastrophe: Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (October 20, 2017)

After the devastating damage of hurricanes like Maria, civil society often breaks down. Desperate or opportunistic people start looting or stealing and stresses keep increasing. Another part of society pulls together and helps each other, bringing out the very best in human nature...and our faith often brings out the very best of being the church. The Puerto Rican churches are an inspiring example of being the church in a crisis. While burdened with many hardships, the Puerto Rican Brethren are coming together supporting each other and reaching out to their communities. Read more »


Grant to EYN supports church rebuilding effort in Nigeria (October 20, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren has provided a second large grant to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to support the church rebuilding efforts of EYN members. Out of this grant of $109,000, 20 EYN churches will receive grants of $5,000 each. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries executive travels to Puerto Rico, Children’s Disaster Services sends teams to northern California (October 13, 2017)

Roy Winter is on a trip to Puerto Rico this week to assess needs following Hurricane Maria and to meet with Church of the Brethren leaders in Puerto Rico District. Winter is associate executive director of Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. 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.
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.
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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