Disaster Ministry News


Church of the Brethren staff plan to go forward with spring and summer events, while monitoring circumstances surrounding coronavirus (March 6, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren staff planning events this spring and summer do not intend to make any cancellations because of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). However, they are assessing risks and monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health authorities to plan ahead for eventualities and circumstances beyond their control. Read more »


Garkida attacked by Boko Haram, town was birthplace of EYN in Nigeria (February 28, 2020)

The town of Garkida in northeast Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram the night of Feb. 21-22. Garkida is considered the birthplace of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) as the place where the Church of the Brethren was started in Nigeria in 1923. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries offers resources and recommendations on Coronavirus (February 28, 2020)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is offering resources and recommendations to help Brethren congregations and members better understand the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and ways to respond. Included are links to trusted websites to visit frequently for updates and suggestions. Contact Brethren Disaster Ministries at 800-451-4407 for more information. Read more »


Garkida attacked by Boko Haram (February 25, 2020)

The town of Garkida in northeastern Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram the night of Feb. 21-22. A number of buildings were burned, including the church building for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


My brother’s keeper: Remembering the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 (January 30, 2020)

January 12 is a date forever engraved in my heart for two reasons: first, January 12, 2007, I married the love of my life, Michaela Alphonse; second, January 12, 2010, the worst natural disaster in my time, a massive earthquake, destroyed my native country of Haiti and my people. It was the darkest hour for every Haitian everywhere. We as a people lost family members, loved ones, homes, places of worship, businesses, and most importantly hope. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren district leader and ecumenical leader Lawan Andimi has been executed by Boko Haram (January 21, 2020)

Lawan Andimi was executed by Boko Haram yesterday, Jan. 20. He was an ordained minister in Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), served as EYN district secretary for the Michika area, and was chair of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the Michika area. EYN staff sent confirmation of his death to Brethren Disaster Ministries associate executive Roy Winter early this morning. 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 »


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Puerto Rico partnership, CDS updates, American Red Cross honors CDS volunteers, Rebuilding news, border crisis, Nigeria progress, Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas
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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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Hurricane response, Rebuild update, CDS deployments, Nigeria Crisis, lessons during the hurricane
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Puerto Rico: The race to rebuild; DRSI in the USVI; Kathy Fry-Miller retirement announcement; BDM at National VOAD 2018, 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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