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On the Road Again...

Cue the Willie Nelson CD...

After many months of not being able to travel for training sessions, we are now booking training sessions and church visits for the remainder of 2021.

If your church is interested in a training session, let Mike Kennamer know so he can get you on the schedule. As always, MNA Disaster Response TAG Region offers these sessions at no cost to your church.

Popular training sessions include:

  • MNA Disaster Response: Who We Are and What We Do
  • 14 Ways to Serve (Most Popular)
  • Comforting the Hurting
  • Why We Do Mercy Ministry
  • DR Basics: What You Might Be Doing
  • Chainsaw Training
  • Preparing Your Family and Church for Disaster
  • Skid Steer Loader Training
We can offer anything from a Sunday School presentation to a multi-day course. Ask us for a complete list of topics available. We will be happy to customize a training session to meet your needs.
Arklie Hooten and a group of men from Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, TN recently utilized disaster response skills in their own neighborhood when they sawed and split firewood for a disabled veteran in their community. While disasters happen periodically, opportunities to serve are all around us, if we just take time to look.

Ways to Serve
by Mike Kennamer

The most popular training session I do is entitled, "14 Ways to Get Involved in Disaster Response Ministry." Some of these ways, such as going to disaster sites, is obvious. Others, however, are not quite as apparent. Over the next few months I'll talk about each one and encourage you to consider getting involved in whatever way(s) you are led.

Let us begin with the most obvious.

Go to Disaster Sites to Serve

This one is clearly at the heart of the ministry. But let's first discuss why we go. My first disaster response trip was to Biloxi, Mississippi three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Although I'm a B- handyman around the house (C- when it comes to plumbing), I didn't go to Biloxi armed with any special skills or expectations. I only came with the desire that God gave Isaiah (6:8) when he said, "Here am I! Send me." In fact, that was the verse that I carried with me as I mucked out houses, carried refrigerators and appliances to the curb, cleaned up yards, and tarped roofs. That attitude of service is what we are looking for when we invite volunteers to serve at disaster sites.

On another occasion we took a team to Bay Saint Louis (MS) intending to build two Sheds of Hope. We carried the tools we needed, had our teams in place, and had studied the plans. We had a check to pay for the materials. We were ready. But when we arrived we learned that the site manager needed help in finishing two houses. We did a good amount of finish work, including electrical, plumbing, and trim. That willingness to pivot and do things that we had not planned for was very helpful to the site manager, who was trying to manage the bigger picture. With that said, please know that a site manager will never ask you to do anything which you are uncomfortable doing.

Men, I'm talking to you (and me) now. Many of us, by nature, are very task oriented. It's all about getting the job done and then moving on to the next job. And getting the job done is important. But it is not as important as the people for whom you are working. In the aftermath of a disaster we have the very special privilege of being invited into the lives of people who we would never have met otherwise. People who have been devastated by a disaster need to tell their story, to be heard. We cannot afford to squander that opportunity. The work is important, but not as important as the imagebearers who have just experienced what might have been their worst day yet. The simple act of listening is a way to help restore some measure of dignity from those who have been stripped of many or all of their worldly possessions.

So if you are able and willing to go to a disaster site, please let us know. The main requirement is a willing and caring heart. Want to hear more? Contact me and let's discuss.

It costs about $100 per day to operate this ministry. You can adopt a day in the life of the ministry and make an impact by praying for the ministry on that day. Learn more by visiting


Thank you for joining us to minister to those who have been impacted by disasters. We would love to help you discover your place within this ministry.

Mike Kennamer
MNA Disaster Response Warehouse
4063 Martha Berry Highway
Rome, GA 30165

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PO Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233

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