MNA Disaster Response TAG Region Newsletter
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On April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday, a devastating tornado swept through Chattanooga destroying buildings and leaving many homeless. This is the wonderful story of God’s Grace at work, through His people, during a time of crises.
The evening of Easter Sunday and the following early morning turned deadly and destructive as 140 tornadoes touched down across ten Southeastern states and destroyed thousands of structures. Thirty-eight people were killed.

MNA Disaster Response supported relief efforts in many of these locations, including the one in Chattanooga and Ooltewah Tennessee. Please check out this video overview of the storm in Chattanooga and subscribe to receive updates from the MNA Multiply team.

Thanks to Don Baret for his work in capturing this impactful video. Watch for next month's episode, which will be about Ooltewah's Grace & Peace Church.
Let Gratitude Be Your Attitude

Every day of your life is a gift from God.  
Don’t squander it.
Don’t waste it by being angry with anyone.
Don’t let it slip away by feeling sorry for yourself.
Be grateful for this precious gift of life and spend it by being as happy and as thankful as you possibly can.
Let your mind dwell on the good things which have happened to you.  
Let gratitude be your attitude.  
Think of your assets, and don’t let anyone else spoil your day for you. 
Enjoy every day of your life to the fullest. 
Realize that you can add to the joy of each day by making someone else happy.


-Richard A. Carloy

By Mike Kennamer
Author Richard A. Carloy penned the above poem which was published in his 1975 book, Get it Together With God. I have never read the book and don't know anything about the author, but I have enjoyed this poem for many years. In fact, when I was teaching, I had a copy of this poem hanging at a prominent location in my office.

I remember my dad coming to my office to visit one day and seeing the poem. As a member of what Tom Brokaw aptly described as "the Greatest Generation", he was a child of the Depression who joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II. When he returned from the war, he had difficulty finding work in northeast Alabama so, like many Southerners, he moved his young family to Detroit to work at the Cadillac Motors Car Division. Once he returned to rural northeast Alabama, he worked in a carpet yarn mill during the day and worked a small farm on nights and weekends.

My dad exemplified the attitude described in this poem. He never held a fancy degree or title (other than Daddy and PawPaw). He didn't have any Twitter followers or Facebook friends. He didn't hold public office or draw a large salary. But he did love the Lord and lived every day of his life to the fullest. I think of him every time I see this poem. In days when gratitude is in such short supply, when people tend to dwell on the bad that has happened to them, and when anger is easier than forgiveness, it does my heart good to read this poem and think of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and my dad.

Although 2020 has been a trying year, we are blessed the the One who made the universe and all that is in it. May God richly bless you and your family during this Thanksgiving holiday!

Giving Thanks for Our Partners

We thank God for the generosity of our financial and prayer partners, who make possible the work we do in this ministry. Whether they donate once a year or every month, contributions from individuals and churches fuel the ministry. Current contributions range from $25 to $300 per month.

We are looking for individuals/families/churches who would be willing to host a local fundraising event (at your home or church) in 2021 to help us to resource this ministry. If you are interested in learning more, contact Mike Kennamer.

You may give online at

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

Thank you for joining us to minister to those who have been impacted by disasters.
Quick Notes
  • We are planning now for 2021 church visits! Please contact us if you need a speaker for a church event or wish to host a disaster response training session. We can join you in person or via Zoom.
  • If you are interested in participating in an upcoming warehouse work day, please contact Mike Kennamer to learn when he will be working at the warehouse.
  • Do you know of healthcare providers or first responders who use AA batteries to power thermometers, flashlights, or other items while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? We received a large donations of AA batteries from Duracell and can provide them to churches at no charge to give to those battling COVID. Contact Mike Kennamer to learn more.
  • We still have a good supply of cotton face masks that we can provide at no cost to churches upon request. Send the number of masks you'd like along with your shipping address to Mike Kennamer.
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