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JULY 2020 NEWSLETTER
MNA Disaster Response recently took delivery of two enclosed trailers that will be used as Sheds of Hope assembly trailers. Both are at Mike Kennamer's house being outfitted with cabinets and shelving and all the tools necessary to assemble Sheds of Hope. One will be stationed at the MNA Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome and the other at the Dallas Depot. We expect these new resources to be ready for service in August.
FREE MASKS FOR CHURCHES
Does your church need masks as you resume public worship? What about when the children in your churches return to school? The MNA Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome GA has received a large quantity of masks from the Hanes Company for distribution. These are washable, cloth masks as shown in the photo above. If your church needs any, please send your email request to Mike Kennamer along with the following information:
  • Church Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Number of Masks Needed
These will be distributed at no cost on a first come, first served basis. Many thanks to the generous donation from Hanes and contributions of churches and individuals who make it possible for us to distribute supplies like these. If you would like to become a donor, click here to support warehouse operations and/or here to help support the work of the warehouse manager.

Pressure Washing My Heart

by Mike Kennamer
There is something inherently satisfying in pressure washing. In that instant, you can see layers of dirt and grime submit to the power of the water. While pressure washing our back yard fence recently, I took some time to ponder the dirt and grime that builds up over time. I had noticed that our (wooden) fence was not as bright as it once was but I had no idea how dirty it really was until I saw the pressure washer clean a spot. After that spot was clean it became abundantly clear how filthy the rest of the fence was.

Seeing the dirt and grime being forcefully removed from a wooden fence makes me think of how our sins are washed away when we are justified through the work of Christ. I think of when I first became a Christian and the load of my sin was removed while the weight (gravity) of my sin made the act of justification that  much more amazing and precious.

I suppose that pressure washing is a poor metaphor for God's gift of grace and mercy to us through His Son Jesus Christ, but when you spend a weekend pressure washing a fence, your mind tends to wander.

Let me leave you this month with a couple verses from Paul's second epistle to the church at Corinth, which could be applied broadly to disaster response work but also to our response to our neighbors during this pandemic.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.                                           2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV

May God comfort you so that you may comfort others.

Every blessing... Mike
Warehouse Volunteers - Due to the COVID pandemic we are unable to deploy volunteers at this time. Warehouse work days are also on hold. However, if you are interested in volunteering with warehouse tasks, please contact Mike Kennamer to discuss.
Warehouse Quarterly Newsletter
We are now publishing a quarterly newsletter for the MNA Disaster Response Warehouse located in Rome GA. If you would like to learn more about what is happening at the warehouse, click the button below to subscribe.
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Reflections on the Past Quarter
The second quarter of 2020 was the strangest we have seen yet. We started the quarter in quarantine that limited our travel and caused scheduled church visits and training events to be canceled. Soon after that came tornadoes that had MNA Disaster Response staff coming alongside churches to minister in their communities all the way from Monroe Louisiana to Seneca South Carolina. In the TAG Region, we saw tornadoes touch down in the greater Chattanooga Tennessee metropolitan area. While the COVID pandemic would not allow us to mobilize volunteers, our regional specialists worked in our respective areas and some, like Keith Perry (Florida) traveled to Heidelberg Mississippi, Chattanooga Tennessee, and Seneca South Carolina to train teams to build Sheds of Hope.

In the midst of the tornado response, the COVID response continued and we sent COVID relief supplies (including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, pandemic kits, and batteries) across the U.S. to help resource the people on the front lines of caring for the sick and to prevent additional exposures. We are still sending batteries and masks, should anyone know anyone who needs them.

While our fundraising has been limited during this time we praise God for His provision and thanks to those who have locked arms with us to continue to fund the work of this vital ministry. Our expenses are higher than usual, but God has been faithful to provide for our needs. It feels a bit like feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish. Praise God for His provision.

If you'd like to help buy the fish or send us some bread (pun very blatantly intended), you can mail a check designated to MNA Disaster Response TAG Region to:

Mission to North America
TAG Region - Mike Kennamer
PO Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233

or donate online at 
bit.ly/mnadrtag.
Checks may be mailed to:
Mission to North America
Disaster Response TAG Region - Mike Kennamer
PO Box 890233
Charlotte NC 28289-0233


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