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World Relief's mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable.

With initiatives that focus on disaster response, health and child development, refugee and immigration services, economic development and peacebuilding, we work holistically with the local church to stand for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, the alienated, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.

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Our expertise gained in over 70 years of aid and development work gives us the ability to not only meet the immediate needs of the vulnerable, but implement programs that lead to sustainable growth and development, transforming once vulnerable regions into thriving communities.

Disaster Response

Throughout our history, World Relief has responded to wars, famine, flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes and deadly epidemics. Whether it’s providing winter clothes for refugees fleeing war in cold climates, medical supplies to help those fighting the spread of massively fatal disease or food for survivors of famine, World Relief empowers survivors with tangible support.


Health & Child Development

Many diseases are fully preventable and treatable. But prevention and treatment must be accessible to each person. World Relief’s health and child development programs work to ensure this happens. Our programs holistically address the health and well being needs of adults and children.


Refugee & Immigration Services

Our world is currently in the midst of the greatest refugee crisis in history. By the end of 2014, nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced, with nearly a third—20 million—living outside of their countries as refugees. Desperate for protection and surrounded by unfamiliar, sometimes unwelcoming faces, refugees are truly some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Working in partnership with the local church, World Relief is committed to helping refugees and immigrants from all countries resettle and rebuild their lives.


Economic Development

For 1.6 billion people in the world today, a lack of financial resources means that men, women and children don’t have access to basic necessities like food, clean water and adequate healthcare. Empowering the most vulnerable to realize their economic potential, World Relief and local church partners teach volunteers financial and agricultural methods that benefit not only individuals, but also entire communities. Through simple savings techniques, small loans and successful agriculture production, vulnerable people around the world are breaking free from the chains of poverty.



World Relief coordinates and maintains a number of initiatives and partnerships to help foster peace in dangerous conflict zones, with programs currently active in DR Congo, the Middle East, Sudan, South Sudan and Pakistan. World Relief works through local churches and faith-based organizations to establish foundations of harmony in communities, empower refugees and incorporate women into peacebuilding discussions.



Partnering with local churches, World Relief operates in 27 U.S. cities and 14 countries around the world. Together, we work to transform communities economically, socially and spiritually, so that the lives of the vulnerable can thrive and grow.


Tim Breene, CEO

Scott Arbeiter, President

Marco Bonilla, CAO

Kevin Sanderson, SVP of International Programs 

Mark Reddy, SVP of Brand

Emily Gray SVP of U.S. Ministries

Gil Odendaal, Ph.D, D.Min, SVP of Integral Mission Division

Kathleen Leslie, General Counsel

Jenny Yang, SVP of Advocacy & Policy

John Gichinga, Director of Spiritual Formation

James Misner, SVP of Strategic Engagement




At World Relief, we are committed to prayerful, efficient and thoughtful stewardship of every donation. When you invest in us, you can trust that not only are your resources being directed to the right places, but also that those resources are being used in the smartest, most efficient ways possible, due to the collective expertise of our organization.


Beginning in 1944, World Relief was established by the National Association of Evangelicals as a response to the humanitarian crisis in Europe after World War II. Our roots are planted in the most effective methods of relief and development as we partner with local churches around the world to empower families and communities in times of tragedy, sickness, conflict and poverty.