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Disaster Relief

Continuing to Pray for California

Rachel Chimits
January 15, 2019

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NLT).

Since the Golden State’s fires have been contained, they have also died down in the news, but for thousands of displaced people, the tragedy is anything but over.

The Camp Fire, Carr Fire, Woolsey Fire, Ranch Fire in Mendocino, and Ferguson Fire are more than mere names or former news reels for thousands of people who have lost homes or loved ones.

Reports have been estimating that just under two million acres were burned. Houses and buildings destroyed numbered in the tens of thousands. Whole neighborhoods seemed as if they had simply been wiped away.

Ministering to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

World Challenge Staff
September 19, 2017

Hurricane Irma affected at least 1,200 Clay County Florida homes with at least 300 people marooned by the rising floodwaters. The Springs Church Jacksonville, along with support from World Challenge, reached out to its community to minister not only spiritually but practically as well. Two semi-trucks with supplies including diapers, water, food and cleaning supplies were given to those in need.

Pray for Houston

Gary Wilkerson
September 5, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainfall event in US history, has dumped nearly 25 trillion gallons of rain, 19 trillion on Texas. This is enough rain to cover the entire United States nearly 1/2 inch deep. To think of it another way, if the Mississippi River were emptying into Houston, it would take 18 days for it to equal the volume of rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey. It may take weeks to drain and years for the people there to rebuild.

Devastating Tornados in East Texas

Lainey West
May 31, 2017

Can you imagine losing everything you own in less than 10 minutes? That’s exactly what happened to many in East Texas on April 29 as a tornado ravaged much of the area near the World Challenge Texas offices. The tornado was on the ground for 51 minutes with eight smaller tornados touching down as well.

The devastation was heart wrenching with trees snapped in half, telephone poles broken like chopsticks, a truck wrapped in debris with a huge tree on top of it, a mangled tractor and trailer, mobile homes totally destroyed as if they exploded, and houses lifted off their foundations.

Aid to Mudslide Victims in Peru

Roger Jonker and Agustin Ciccia
May 1, 2017

Heavy rains in Peru recently triggered deadly mudslides, destroying entire villages. Many villagers watched helplessly as their lives were completely washed away in mere minutes. The disaster could have meant total devastation and despair. But thanks to your gifts of support, World Challenge (WC) was able to bring hope to a landscape of despair.  Here’s a look behind the scenes at how your support worked to help those facing total disaster. 

Restoring Hope in Louisiana

Roger Jonker
September 19, 2016

The recent flooding in Louisiana has affected over 40,000 homes and has caused the local government to declare disasters in twenty communities. We recently sent team members to see what we can do to help. Though the amount of devastation caused by the flooding is great they came back with wonderful reports of local churches meeting the needs of their neighbors. One pastor who was so moved to impact his community had already led his church to “show up every fifth Sunday of the month with work clothes and tools as they have church in the neighborhood” As much as natural disasters can devastate the lives of our neighbors, we know that God grants his body the opportunity to go and bring His love to their lives.