Sharing God’s love to those affected by natural and man-made disasters and crises in the region through prayer, relief aid and training
Prayer is in the heart of Crisis relief work. At this time of pandemic, we cannot send relief teams but we can still pray and plead to God to intervene. We encourage participation in the Wednesday Synchronized Prayer to pray for the World, for the Nation, for families and loves ones and for the Church. We pray too for the prayer request sent specifically by our overseas partners.
Relief Aid is done now by sending financial relief aid through bank transfer to partners who are in need and meet the requirements of the Church Finance Office. This way of sending relief aid is limited by the situation in the partner country like protest and restrictions on receiving donations from overseas. Despite of this constraint, we continue to find ways to help and learn new ways of doing ministry together to bring God’s love and hope to those affected by the disasters.
Training by the CRW team is on hold but we encourage members to explore and register for courses that will equip and nurture them holistically.
CRW Relief Response:
We received appeal to help those affected by COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal. The fund was channelled through National Mission Commission of Nepal.
- West Bengal
We provided financial support to Ropheka Foundation last October 2020 for them to do food distribution to those affected by the lockdown in West Bengal and surrounding area (e.g. Assam and Sikkim) where they have ministry work.
We provided financial support to Philippine Relief and Development Services Inc last Nov 2020 to help those affected by Typhoon Goni, a super typhoon that affected the Catanduanes region of the Philippines.
CRW will continue to
- Link with our relief partners overseas
- Support in prayers and find ways to extend assistance
- Connect with volunteers through Whats app on church latest updates and advisories, online worship service, prayer meetings and relief ministry matters.
- Work together with our local church ministries and other local partners to response to local disasters.
Third Wednesday of the Month Prayer Meeting Online
7:30pm-8:15pm starting 19 May 2021
Online Silent Retreat
24th July 2021 - 8:30am-12:30pm
For more information, please see https://wesleymc.org/ministries/outreach/crisis-relief-wesley-crw
• Davao del Sur, Philippines - 16 - 22 January 2020
CRW helped 106 churches and Pastors affected by series of earthquakes. Assistance was given to help repair/rebuild damaged church building and financial assistance to Pastors.
• Prayer – CRW joins the Church-wide Synchronized Online Prayer every Wednesday via Zoom.
CRW sent out financial help to buy sacks of rice for refugee families seeking shelter in a church and Bible School.
To join our events or to participate in this ministry, contact us:
How Crisis Relief Wesley Started
A personal perspective from Rosalia Rivera Mahendran, Pastoral Team Member (Crisis Relief Wesley).
When I joined WMC in April 1999, there was no crisis relief ministry then. I remembered being just a barely 3 months’ old staff when the Lord impressed upon me these three words – Emergency Response Plan. I have no idea about it as emergencies from natural disasters in Singapore are rather rare if not non-existent. After all, Singapore is known to be a peaceful, secure and prosperous country with no incidence of natural disasters.
Incidentally, God had also spoken to our then Pastor-in-Charge, Rev Melvin Huang and to some other Wesleyans as well, to respond to this call. Though we did not fully comprehend the need for such a ministry but in obedience to God, the ministry was setup in the year 2000. God has been our guide and director and He had been faithfully leading us gently, lovingly and patiently throughout the years.
CRW provides disaster relief work and training local churches in emergency response, across the region, including Singapore, because of the increasing frequency of natural disasters, rising terror threats and other emergency situations.
I believe that churches that are prepared to response, are also prepared to care and to make known our God who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, forgiving our wickedness, rebellion and sin and who will not let the guilty go unpunished. (Exo 35)
May we be faithful and courageous to continue His work in Singapore and in other nations.
- CRW seeks to demonstrate God's love to those affected by disasters through relief work, with the aim to be operationally ready locally and abroad.
- To train and mobilize our congregation to do relief work primarily in Australasia, preferably air travel within 8 hours.
- To raise awareness, train, build up, and assist communities-at-risk in disaster preparedness and response.
- To engage in the survival and re-construction phases of relief work, generally up to 18 months post-disaster: children ministry, medical relief, distribution of essentials goods, and any other relief-related aid towards assisting the rehabilitation of the affected communities.
- We are Christians (prayer, Bible-centred, kingdom advance, reconciliation, uphold Christian principles, intercessions, integrity, humility, personal testimony) who seek to assist affected communities irrespective of religion, creed or race;
- Commitment to poor and needy and suffering regardless of background (race, language, religion);
- Responsiveness and Readiness;
- Flexibility & Adaptability;
- Exercise cultural sensitivity and acknowledge the intrinsic value and uniqueness of all peoples;
- Excellence of Service;
- Teamwork and Unity;
- Good stewardship; and
- Partnering with like-minded churches and NGOs, non-religious relief organizations (eg. World Vision, CREST, CRS, Red Cross, TRAC, CAC).
CRW responds to events of both natural and man-made disasters. Geographically, we conduct relief work primarily in Australasia, preferably air travel time within 8 hours. We provide food, shelters, materials, tools of trade, man-power and counselling where needed.
Our strategy is to work with local partners who will be our first line of support and eyes on the ground. They will provide feedback and information regarding the needs of the people in the aftermath of a disaster. The relief is distributed through the local team as they are able to provide a longer support in the affected area.
CRW also provide trainings to equip local partners and leaders in handling disasters to the extend of empowering them to mobilize their own relief team. Other support includes praying for the people and the land affected by the disaster and volunteers coordination.
Local partnerships can include the Evangelical Christians, non-religious, governmental or non-governmental organizations engaged in relief work.
This ministry was birthed in January 2000 under the name of Wesley Disaster Relief Ministry which was subsequently changed to Crisis Relief Wesley in the year 2005.
Since then, we have provided relief support to the following countries:
- Sri Lanka
- East Timor
We have also conducted Crisis Relief Training (CRT) in the following countries:
|Chairperson:||Kan Kwong Chung|
|Committee Members:||Katy Tay|
|Teng Chee Tiong|
|Lee Siew Cheng|
|Koh Sian Ann|
|Lay Leader Representatives:||Leow Kim Liat, Paul Gwee|
|COSC Chairperson:||Woon Kee Yang|
|Pastor (CRW):||Rev David Ho|
|Pastor (Outreach):||Rev Benjamin Lee|
|Pastor-in-Charge:||Rev Stanley Chua|
|Pastoral Team Member:||Rosalia Mahendran|
|Programme Coordinator:||Koh Tengyu|