- (1981) Philippines – World Relief helps churches bring relief and hope in a time of political and economic turmoil and natural disasters. By 1990, more than 10,000 new churches have been started.
- (1983) Actor Charlton Heston hosts World Relief’s first television special, “When Will the Dying Stop?” The special focuses on Bangladesh and India. Heston says World Relief has shown him the importance of empowering the poor to improve their own lives.
- (1985) World Relief’s motto is: “When all is said and done, make sure more is done than said.”
- (1987) El Salvador – World Relief and churches rebuild 5,500 homes after a devastating earthquake strikes.
- (1988) Haiti – World Relief launches the “Alive at Five” program, providing immunizations and other measures aimed at protecting vulnerable children under 5.
- Indonesia – World Relief builds a hydroelectric dam to supply electricity to a hospital serving a community of 2,000 people.
- (1989) Mozambique – World Relief provides food, clothing and shelter for 10,000 victims of war.