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


Volunteers, churches respond to Illinois tornadoes
November 26, 2013
A Children's Disaster Services team is responding today; Illinois and Wisconsin District Disaster Coordinator visits hard-hit town of Washington, Ill.

Brethren Disaster Ministries responds to Illinois tornado outbreak
November 19, 2013
Following an intense outbreak of thunderstorms and tornadoes that heavily impacted parts of Illinois and Indiana on Sunday, Nov. 17, Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) is preparing to be involved as needed in those states.

The 'God moments' I have witnessed
July 19, 2013
Rick Koch awoke to a beautiful spring day some 30 years ago, but found a tornado had hit the other side of town. He shares how this and other disaster response experiences have touched his life.

BDM a welcome presence in Schoharie, NY
June 12, 2013
An unassuming brick ranch house in the little village of Schoharie, NY has become the temporary home of BDM volunteers.

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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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2017 disasters, responding to hurricane Maria, BVS volunteers, Rebuild program updates, Children's Disaster Service updates, Nigeria, "Top-notch work" testimonial
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Missouri flooding response, Rebuild program updates, Children's Disaster Services news, Brethren Service Center - we're still open!
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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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Hurricane Matthew response, Haiti, Rebuild project updates, Nigeria, Children's Disaster Services, Chibok girls reunited
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Healing hearts in Nigeria, WV Rebuild project, Detroit experiences, Nepal update, Refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more
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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.
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Trauma healing workshops and livelihood assistance in Nigeria, CDS responds to California wildfires, BDM welcomes new staff, and more.
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BDM and CDS disaster responses, Nigeria Crisis Response reports, Nepal earthquake, disaster relief auctions and other fundraisers, and more.

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