Disaster Relief

 


We are currently monitoring the situation in Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas.  Since the storms happened during the night, damage reports are still being put together by local officials.  Meanwhile, we have put out calls to possible churches and partners and are awaiting feedback.  Also, we will monitor the additional severe weather predicted over the next two days.  This weather is moving generally eastward and has the potential to spawn isolated tornadoes over a very wide area.



This is the beginning of the spring severe weather season.  WCN has its disaster response equipment ready. Donations are always needed to have resources on stand-by for food, water, supplies, fuel, and work teams.  Meanwhile, we ask for your prayers for the victims of all of these disasters.


As we approach tornado season it's important to remember that disaster never waits for you to be ready. Here are a few tips on how to always be ready for a natural disaster!

 

9/18/2013

WCN is partnering with Tim Grisham Ministries (S.O.M.E.) to help the victims of flooding in Colorado. As we considered how best to help, Tim told us he has 3 semi loads of supplies but needs fuel money. We are giving Tim a check for fuel this week. He will be leaving next week to deliver the supplies.

Please continue to pray for each and every person affected by the flooding. Thank you for your prayers and support..

 

 

 

Greg & Robyn Rauen are in Moore, OK with a small team to help with disaster relief. WCN has partnered with Tim Grishan Ministries to help as many victims and volunteers as possible.  

 

WCN's 70,000 watt generator is being utilized by supplying power to run large refigerator units.  

Please come out to help fill the tractor trailer on Monday from 3:00-9:00 PM at Big R on US 30 East in Warsaw, IN.  The following is an updated list of items requested:

18 gallon or smaller totes with lids (to store retrieved items & small enough for elderly to carry)

Tarps of all sizes (to cover retrieved items & tubs) Gator Ade (It’s 95 degrees and folks need to replace electrolytes)

Flavoring Packets for bottled water (they have pallets & pallets of bottled water)

Hand Tools (pliers, hammers, saws, etc…)

Work Gloves

Hygiene Products

Paper Towels, TP

Relief Collection for Oklahoma - June 17th

Dear Friends In Christ:

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World Compassion Network, New Life Christian Church and the Greater Warsaw Ministerial Association (GWMA) are partnering together to fill a trailer of supplies for those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma.  The trailer will be at Big R, 3660 Commerce Dr., Warsaw on Monday, June 17th from 3-9 PM to collect items to send.  Only new items will be received including canned goods, bottled water, blankets, new toys, cleaning supplies and maintenance items (such as shovels, etc.) will be accepted.  The persons manning the trailer will check donations before accepting them.  "We want the community to send a gift of love to Oklahoma in the name of Jesus," notes John B. Lowe II, President of the GWMA and Pastor of New Life.  Contacts have already been made with churches and organizations serving in the Moore, Oklahoma area.  For more information call 574-269-5851.  "Many Churches...One Faith" 

Philippines Follow Up

Since the tragic typhoon (Yolanda) that devastated the Philippines in November, WCN continues work related to its initial response.  Through a partner organization, Feeding the Nations, WCN has been able to organize and forward three containers of fortified rice meals to Kids International Ministries, our partner in Manila.  The first 40 foot sea container of over 285,000 fortified rice meals arrived in Cebu, Philippines on Jan 4th.  This food has gone to the islands of Panay and Leyte and specifically to Ormoc City and Rojas City.  Two additional 40 foot sea containers of meals are currently en route to the Philippines.  Because of the generosity of our donors, WCN is able to do this.  Please pray that all of this food gets quickly to those who need it.  Also, pray for shelter and jobs for these victims of the disaster.  Lastly, pray for strength and stamina and health for the staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly to make sure the meals get to the hungry and suffering.

 

Greg Rauen will be leading a small team to help serve the many needs of the victims and volunteers around the Moore area on Monday. The second round of severe storms that hit last week destroyed many of the storage areas that housed relief supplies and food for victims and volunteers.  Continuing storms have caused one of our ministry partners, Tim Grisham Ministries, to tear down and set up feeding tents almost daily.   Please join with us in our prayer for safety and blessing for the team members as they follow God’s call to be the hands and feet of Christ.  And as always, thank you for your support – we could not do what God has called us to do without you.

You are welcome to share the cost by sending donations to: WCN, PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581 or click on the donate button above.  Mark your check or money order “disaster relief” so we can make sure it gets to the correct account.  Thank you!

The storms that went through Moore, OK on Friday caused more power outages.  Greg Rauen reports that our partner Tim Grisham Ministries is using our generator to power the freezer and refrigeration needs at the main volunteer center in Moore.  We are thankful that it can be used to provide electricity for the relief effort.  We need of more funds for food, fuel and other relief supplies. We thank God for allowing us all to be there for the suffering.  Please keep praying as WCN continues to help in the relief efforts.  

 

Greg Rauen, WCN Disaster Relief Coordinator, and his wife Robyn left for Oklahoma to do an assessment after the EF5 tornado devastated a 30 square mile area.  They took our 70,000 watt generator and personal hygiene kits to Moore, OK.  Greg and Robyn got there about 3 hours before Tim & Peggy Grisham of the School of Missions & Evangelism (S.O.M.E.) arrived with the tractor trailer and other equipment.  WCN, New Life Christian Church & World Outreach and Feed the Hungry all worked together to fill the trailer.  S.O.M.E. and WCN are working together to provide disaster relief through feeding victims and volunteers and distributing relief supplies.

 The WCN generator was staged to power the feeding station if needed located at Covenant Life Assembly Church.  This church is on the edge of some of the worst destruction.  The church has a gymnasium and it is being used as the primary center for managing volunteers.

While Greg and Robyn were there, they were able to help organize relief efforts, help with serving food, and even praying with victims who had been traumatized.  WCN is blessed to have mature followers of Christ to minister to victims on our behalf.  Mark Hazelet, WCN Volunteer Coordinator, left early Sunday morning with 4 more volunteers.  They are assisting with food distribution and clean up.  One of the most important jobs they are doing is ministering to the hurting in Christ’s name. 

WCN plans to send another load of needed supplies including non-perishable food, paper goods, and cleaning products soon.  Our warehouse is empty so we will be purchasing these items.  You are welcome to help us purchase needed items by sending donations to: WCN, PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581 or go to our website at: www.w-c-n.org and click on the donate button.  Mark your check or money order “disaster relief” so we can make sure it gets to the correct account.  Thank you!

 

World Compassion Network is sending a small team to Moore, OK early tomorrow.  Greg Rauen, WCN Disaster Relief Coordinator, will be taking our 70,000 watt generator, disaster relief supplies and other needed items to victims of the devastating tornados that ripped through the Oklahoma City area. We are also scheduling a tractor trailer load of food and water.

 Our prayers are with each and every person affected.  This is a major disaster area with over 30 square miles of destruction, many people are displaced and suffering.  We will post future plans and needs soon.  If you would like to help us with expenses or possible future work teams please click on one of the following links.  Your prayers are desired as we coordinate our response efforts.   Thank you!

Click here to download our volunteer form.

Click here to go to our paypal page.

Please join all of us at WCN as we pray for the victims of the EF4 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.  Moore is located just south of Oklahoma City and is about 870 miles from Warsaw.  We have contacts in the area now that are doing an assessment for us.  We will keep you informed of our response – keep checking back!

 

Please join all of us at WCN as we pray for the victims of the F5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.  Moore is located just south of Oklahoma City and is about 870 miles from Warsaw.  We have contacts in the area now that are doing an assessment for us.  We will keep you informed of our response – keep checking back!

World Compassion Network (WCN) volunteers and staff helped residents deal with flooding issues around Pike and Irish Lakes. We also met up with Jeffrey “Hoss” Smith and volunteers from Serenity House while placing sand bags. WCN’s water (trash) pumps were utilized by keeping water from entering a home and pumping water out of another.

Lots of the people we helped were elderly or widowed. Responding to people in distress because of flooding of their property/homes fits our compassion ministry and mission. We are so thankful to our volunteers and supporters who enable us to help others. We are always looking for people that would like to be on our “On Call Volunteer” list.

WCN is sending our 70,000 watt generator to Stanton Island in the morning.  Another semi filled with food, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and winter coats will be leaving on Friday.  We would like to send out a gigantic thank you to everyone that has helped make this happen.  Other organizations have really came together to help also.

Greg Rauen, WCN’s Operations Manager, and Mark Hazelet, WCN’s Volunteer Coordinator, left this morning to do an assessment in Ocean City, NJ.  We are partnering with some folks from Coastal Christian Church in Ocean City.  Our base of operations will be set up at the Tabernacle by the Sea.  Metzger Trucking is transporting a full semi load of much needed relief supplies including food, water, and flood buckets.

WCN would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone that has been working so hard to get extra food and cleaning supplies ordered and put together for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The Dollar Store on Market Street, Aldi, and Owens on Center Street truly went out of their way to help fill the semi.  We would also like to send an enormous shout out to the Warehouse Warriors.  This fine group of caring individuals dropped everything they were doing to make up flood buckets to send.

Flood buckets are 5 gallon buckets filled with gloves, sponges, detergent, cleaning chemicals, masks, clothes line and pins, and such.  We sent every completed flood bucket we had to help.  We need to purchase items to replenish our supplies.  If you would like to donate to this cause or to help cover the cost of helping the victims, please mail a check marked “Hurricane Sandy” to: WCN, PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581 or click the donate button on the upper right corner.

If you would be interested in going with a work team to help with the cleanup effort please email: sandy@w-c-n.org or fill out the Volunteer Form on this website.

October 30, 2012

WCN is working on getting commitments from churches out east that will serve as a disaster relief center.  Right now the roads are still closed, power is out, and communication with possible distribution centers is very difficult.  They are still in search and rescue mode, but very soon they will be in relief mode and our goal is to help in the relief efforts.  WCN is planning to deliver a semi load of non-perishable food, water, gatoraid, and cleaning supplies. We always rely on local people to help because they know where the greatest needs are.  Also, working through a local church gives a way for the congregation to reach out to those in need with Christ’s love.

Through your support, you share every time we respond to a disaster to alleviate suffering and to share the love of Jesus Christ.  The people that donate to us financially or pray for us, are with us not only in spirit, but also tangibly through helping finance the resources needed.  WCN is in need of funds to purchase more cleaning supplies and food.  We have a donate button on our website or checks can be mailed to: PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581.

 

 

 

 

Please join us in praying for all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  And thank you so much for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 23, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently WCN’s Executive Director, Joe Wilkey, received an email from Roger Lieb, the Senior Pastor from College Heights Christian Church (CHCC) in Joplin, MO.  CHCC was the disaster relief headquarters after the deadly EF5 tornado ravished Joplin in May of 2011.  Pastor Lieb was very thankful that you, through WCN, were such an immense help immediately following the disaster.  Pastor Lieb said the rebuilding process is well underway; although they could use help in rehabbing some of the homes of families still struggling with poor living conditions.

 

 

 

 

Mark Hazelet, WCN Volunteer Coordinator, was contacted and took a small team to help families that were in need.

 

 

 

WCN is working on getting commitments from churches out east that will serve as a disaster relief center.  Right now the roads are still closed, power is out, and communication with possible distribution centers is very difficult.  They are still in search and rescue mode, but very soon they will be in relief mode and our goal is to help in the relief efforts.  WCN is planning to deliver a semi load of non-perishable food, water, gatoraid, and cleaning supplies. We always rely on local people to help because they know where the greatest needs are.  Also, working through a local church gives a way for the congregation to reach out to those in need with Christ’s love.

Through your support, you share every time we respond to a disaster to alleviate suffering and to share the love of Jesus Christ.  The people that donate to us financially or pray for us, are with us not only in spirit, but also tangibly through helping finance the resources needed.  WCN is in need of funds to purchase more cleaning supplies and food.  We have a donate button on our website or checks can be mailed to: PO Box 1152, Warsaw, IN 46581.

Please join us in praying for all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  And thank you so much for your support.

July 2012

Our 2nd week of mission trips is well underway and your prayers are appreciated. Our F2F project in Honduras started July 7th and continues through August 4. Over 100 people North Americans will be serving, thousands of people in need will be helped. It is four weeks of God doing His thing in the lives of those willing to serve the poor as well as those who hear our message. Our goals are simple, we want to strengthen and support the local people/churches, transform the lives of those who serve, and give God the glory for every detail. Simple but complicated-difficult but beautiful. Thanks for your prayers!

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our supporters and update you on our status. It has been an incredibly busy few weeks and we are so grateful for the continued response from our donors. The funds, goods, time and prayers that you have given continue to open up doors for us to share the love of Jesus with people in their most desperate time of need. In this moment of tragedy for so many, we are thankful to have the opportunity to reflect God’s love as we continue to put our faith into action.

  • Update
    World Compassion Network has been heavily involved in the relief effort in southern Indiana. Initially WCN delivered our 70,000 watt generator to the New Washington Township fire department. The generator was used to provide electricity for the fire department’s search and rescue efforts as well and cooking , showers and battery charging for the victims and volunteers. The generator continues to serve clean up operations.

    The WCN Disaster Relief Operations trailer was on site with equipment used for clearing debris for 4 days. Eight volunteers from our community under took the very difficult task using chain saws and other equipment to clear roads, and driveways as needed.
    We delivered a semi load of Gatorade donated by Feed The Hungry to the distribution center in Scottsburg IN.

    Perhaps the highlight of the effort was filling 53 foot trailer with relief supplies. The main effort was at the Warsaw Community High School where the students and the PTO provide volunteers to received donated supplies. The trailer was filled in three and a half days. Citizens of our community also dropped off supplies at other locations. Metzger Trucking delivered the supplies to the distribution center in Scottsburg In. Saturday morning. What a great effort by our community in such a short time.

 

All of last week Joe and Greg attended Disaster Assistance Response Training [DART] provided by Strategic World Impact in Alberta, Canada.  While Joe lectured on Refugee Camps, the students received other awareness training on many different facets of doing relief work around the world.  The week was also a great opportunity to meet other very dedicated people involved in compassion ministry. 

Sunday morning October 20th we awoke to  the news of a 7.2 earthquake in Van Turkey.  This is a very remote and difficult place to get to.  It is about 800 miles east of Istanbul near the Iraq and Iran border.  In 2004 Joe Wilkey worked on a project with World Relief to train Turks in search and rescue in Engol, Turkey about 20 miles from Van. This area is one of the worst places in the world for earthquakes.  It averages two to three a week of much lesser magnitudes than this one.   While Joe was there he noticed that 80 percent of the buildings displayed cracks from previous earthquakes.  Since Engol is a very remote and difficult to get to it was decided that the goal would be to train the Turks to do their own search and rescue until professional teams arrived.  A team from Switzerland called Akut which is one of the best in the world was chosen to do the training.  A newscast  televised a short video of the Akut team working alongside of local rescue teams.  While we can’t be sure, we suspect WCN was in some small way responsible for the locals to help themselves in a disaster like this.
WCN will continue to monitor the situation but due to the remoteness, the danger for US citizens in the region and the lack of capacity of our partners we do not expect to respond.  The death toll was around 300 and will probably reach 500.  If a partner should ask us to be involved we will reevaluate the situation.  Please continue to pray for the victims, and rescuers as they manage this disaster.