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NOVEMBER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Serving Local Churches

When a disaster strikes, many disaster response organizations load their trucks and equipment and immediately rush to the disaster site to render aid. However, MNA Disaster Response takes a different approach.

When a disaster strikes, MNA DR reaches out to affected churches and presbyteries in the local area to offer assistance and resources. We do this because we believe that our role is to come alongside churches to help them minister to their neighbors. Operating under the premise that the local church was there before we arrive and they will still be there after we leave, the last thing we wish to do is to harm the church's ministry in any way.

When we deploy to a disaster site we do so at the request of the local church and function on behalf of the local church. We can deploy equipment, supplies, and volunteers, but only when requested by the local church.

When you hear about a disaster and see that other denominations have responded but the PCA is absent, just know that we are working through the local church(es) to support their efforts. Sometimes the local PCA church will partner with another church in the area and will request limited, if any, help from us. Other times the local church feels unable to respond to the disaster and graciously declines our offer of assistance. Sometimes there is simply not a PCA church in the area. Regardless of the situation, please understand that our role is to serve the local church in whatever capacity they choose.

If you would like to learn more about how MNA Disaster Response can come alongside your church in the wake of a disaster, please contact Mike Kennamer.

While we spend significant time on preparation, such as training volunteers to operate a skid steer loader (left), we are always preparing to respond to disasters, as we did earlier this year when a tornado hit Brent Alabama. This photo (right) was taken after we set up a Shed of Hope.

Here I am! Send me.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here I am! Send me."
Isaiah 6:8

by Mike Kennamer

What will I do on January 1, 2022? After working at the same place for 31 years and doing the same job for the past 16, that is a valid question. I am retiring from that job to devote more time to the ministry, but what exactly will that look like?

At the suggestion of a friend I sat down recently to set some personal ministry goals for 2022, to quantify and attempt to clarify what I hope to accomplish during the year. I broke the goals down into four sections (Communicate, Prepare, Train, Respond). While I won't state them all here, I will mention that the emphasis on preparation is significant. We never know what disasters the year will bring, but we do spend a significant amount of time preparing so that when a disaster strikes, we are ready to respond to come alongside the local church as it ministers to its neighbors.

If you would like to learn more about our goals for the year and the financial support needed to support those goals, please email me. I'll be happy to share the brochure with you and have a discussion about the ministry.

So what will I be doing on January 1? In reality I'll probably watch a football game or two and maybe a parade. I might still be eating leftover turkey. But the important part is that when I am needed, I will be ready to go. We are never eager for a disaster to strike. But my prayer continues to be:

Prepare me.
Equip me.
Send me.
Guide me.

Won't you join me as I seek to minister to those whose lives have been disrupted by disaster?

Quick Notes

  • Future Work Days - Mark your calendars for upcoming work days at the warehouse. We start at 9 am Eastern time. Please notify Mike Kennamer if you plan to attend.
    • December 11
    • January 8
    • February 12
  • Financial Update - As of October 31, our ministry contributions are about $2,598 higher than the same period last year. Expenses are slightly ($1,387) higher than last year also.
  • Training Calendar - Now is the time to get on our calendar for training and church visits this winter and spring. We love to visit churches to share about the ministry. Please contact Mike Kennamer to schedule a visit. Thanks to the churches that have already scheduled your dates.
  • 2022 Fundraising Goal - Our proposed budget for 2022 is $48,000, which includes $12,000 in operating expenses and $36,000 in personnel expenses. To learn more about ministry needs for 2022, please download our 2022 goals brochure here.
  • Training at the MNA Warehouse - We will host a training session from 9 am - 3 pm at the MNA Warehouse in Rome, Georgia on Saturday, January 22. Topics to be covered include: Who We Are and What We Do, 18 Ways to Serve, Disaster Response Basics--What You Might Be Doing, When the Storm Comes to You, The Lifecycle of a Response, Why We Do Disaster Response, Caring for the Hurting, and more. To learn more and to register, visit this link: https://012222mnadrtag.eventbrite.com.

Last Work Day of 2021: Dec. 11

The November work day at the MNA Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome Georgia was successful. Beyond the work that was accomplished, the fellowship was amazing, as 24 people from 6 churches in four states (GA, NC, SC, TN) participated.

The last warehouse work day of 2021 will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Please come serve, fellowship, and enjoy the day with us! Contact Mike Kennamer for more information or to RSVP.

Connect with Us!

Please feel free to reach out if we may be of service.

Mike Kennamer
MNA Disaster Response Warehouse
4063 Martha Berry Highway
Rome, GA 30165
256-899-4966
mkennamer@pcanet.org

Online giving: give.pcamna.org/to/mike-kennamer

or mail a check designated to TAG Region/Warehouse Manager to:
Mission to North America
TAG Region/Warehouse Manager - Mike Kennamer
PO Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233


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