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Disaster Relief

Keep up to date with all of the urgent and ongoing situations being addressed by Foursquare Disaster Relief. Learn more about the needs, how FDR is providing relief, and what you can do to help.

Current Disaster Projects

These are the recent disasters that require our immediate attention. Often, these will have multiple FDR teams and resources dedicated to the area and people affected.

Ukrainian Refugee Response

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.

Hurricane Ida

August 26, 2021

Hurricane Ida made landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 hurricane and continued northwest, leaving New Orleans without power and communities flooded and with significant wind damage. Foursquare Disaster Relief immediately mobilized a response through our incredible Louisiana Foursquare churches.

 

Myanmar Response

February 1, 2021 

The ongoing military coup in Myanmar, paired with the ravages of a global pandemic, has left its people in dire need. Through partnership with 100 local Foursquare Churches, Foursquare Disaster Relief continues to provide food, such as fish, veggies, pasta and rice, to help the people hiding in their homes and the jungle.

Afghan Refugee Response

September 9, 2021

Life is grim in Afghanistan as the Taliban reasserts control. Despite their public commitment to remain moderate, we see signs of returning to historic hard-line rule. Many people within the country now find themselves in danger: women, Christians, and anyone who may have aided a foreign power during the occupation. We are working closely with our Foursquare churches in Albania and Turkey to help refugees who left their country with only the clothes on their backs.

Arkansas Tornado

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. 

Indonesia Cyclone

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.

Burundi Storm

In Burundi, a Foursquare church was destroyed by a recent storm. They urgently needed a safe church building for the congregation to meet. With Foursquare Disaster Relief's help, they started repairs on the doors, windows and chairs. 

Completed Projects

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.

Ongoing Projects

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.

Foursquare Disaster Relief Medical

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.

Project Water

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, as we work with our global Foursquare family to provide the six Foursquare regions worldwide with lifesaving water filtration systems. These systems provide fresh, clean water to people and serve as a safeguard when disaster strikes. We are giving our communities the tools to show the love of Christ in people’s darkest times of need. Water is life!

Project Nourish

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.

COVID-19 Hunger Crisis Response

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.

Training

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.

Volunteer

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.

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