For over two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from relentless civil war, resulting in unspeakable violence and oppression. Especially targeting women, this violence perpetuates a cycle of endless suffering, displacing 6.3 million internally and forcing 1 million to flee the country. Approximately 6 million have died since 1996. Alongside this conflict, the country faces a historic natural disaster: torrential rains causing the Congo River to swell, displacing around 500,000 people, including our Foursquare family.
As a result of wildfires on multiple islands, our Foursquare family is facing unimaginable destruction, with lives lost, homes destroyed, and families displaced. As the flames rage on, we urgently need your prayers and support.
Reports from the Foursquare Pacific District have shared that two churches have been directly impacted and several Foursquare members have lost their homes.
Our team is actively organizing relief efforts in collaboration with Foursquare Pacific District, Foursquare Chaplains, and local Foursquare leaders to provide aid.
Over 11,00 people have died in the aftermath of a series of earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria Monday morning, February 6, 2023. Thousands are in urgent need of safety, shelter, food and winter clothing as freezing temperatures pose a hypothermic threat. Our teams are currently on the ground partnering with Foursquare Turkey to bring mobile kitchens + supplies to those in need. Urgent support + donation is needed.
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the eastern territory of Donbas. Life has been turned upside down for the 44 million Ukrainians in the days that have passed. With a constant threat of gunfire, explosions, and missiles, Ukrainians are fleeing the place they call home. Over a million people have already left, and millions more will be displaced by this war.
Foursquare Disaster Relief is working closely with its European Foursquare churches and FMI workers to respond swiftly to Russia’s was against Ukraine by providing food and life-saving essentials.
A late-season tornado, the deadliest on record in December, produced catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across portions of the Southern United States in December 2021.
FDR partnered with Foursquare church planter Audie Cox. He coordinated a food distribution outreach with other area churches in Truman AK.
We also partnered with Fountain of Hope to send a shipment of food and disinfectant supplies to Pastor Audie and the coalition of churches in the area.
FDR partnered with Jim Todd, Foursquare Missions International worker, to help a Christian School on the island of Rote Nusa Tenggara Timur province damaged by a cyclone and the tsunami that hit the region hard this last April. Due to the challenges of Covid-19, the island's government agencies and GPDI (Indonesian Foursquare Church) had been unable to complete the repairs. In combined efforts, FDR was able to step in and close the gap, helping to repair the school's dorms and make them habitable for 200 students that call it their home.
While some disasters require a specific and immediate response, others require continual, ongoing support. There are places in the world where our continued presence and assistance is essential to the people we serve there.
FDR Medical is our dedicated medical response team. This team consists of doctors, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals who use their knowledge and expertise to bring healing to communities worldwide.
FDR Medical is unique in its ability to deploy when disaster strikes. Foursquare has thousands of churches in more than 150 nations around the world. We link with these churches and minister to the affected community by providing medical and spiritual care, and we need YOU! Please reach out to us if you have medical professionals in your church or if you are a medical professional yourself. There is also opportunities for volunteers without medical backgrounds to serve as logisticians, pastoral care, setup and tear down assistant and much more.
More than 884 million people don’t have access to safe drinking water. Clean water is essential for survival. And yet, after a crisis, it is one of the most common and urgent needs. Even when there is no active disaster, 446,000 children die annually from diarrhea, caused mainly by unsafe drinking water.
Join Foursquare Disaster Relief’s water initiative, Project Water. During disasters and crisis one of the first things to be impacted is peoples access to and safe drinking water. Project Water focuses on providing fresh, clean water through several different systems when disaster strikes. Water is life!
The refugee crisis in Eastern Africa has quickly become one of the worst in the world. Drought, civil war and obstructions to humanitarian aid have led to severe famine for 20 million people.
Project Nourish is an initiative of Foursquare Disaster Relief in partnership with the Foursquare churches in the region who want to end the starvation crisis in East Africa.
Right now, the world is in crisis mode. The global economic impact of COVID-19 has doubled the number of people at risk of starvation since the pandemic began, soaring to a staggering 811 million. Though the availability of the global food supply has remained intact, accessibility has plummeted, primarily due to a lack of income and the increase in food cost. Supply chain disruptions and increased demand created scarcity in many world regions, driving up prices.
Foursquare Disaster Relief’s COVID-19 Hunger Crisis Response sends desperately needed relief to local pastors in our global Foursquare family, enabling them to provide relief to their starving communities.
Here you will find all of the past relief projects FDR has participated in along with information on how and where aid was deployed. This is an inspirational archive of the FDR projects and the communities we’ve helped rebuild.
A passion for helping people combined with the right training is a powerful thing. Come learn from national and international relief experts during one of our many special training events throughout the year.
Do you feel called to ease suffering and spread the hope of Christ? Sign up to volunteer through the link below and we’ll send you opportunities to serve in the US and around the world.
Are you a medical professional?
There is always an acute need for trained medical personnel in disaster areas. Injuries and sickness inevitably follow when disaster strikes, and often there simply aren’t enough qualified people to treat those who need it.
Join our list of medical volunteers to be eligible for regular relief trips and dedicated medical missions.