You know the song: On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a partridge in a pear tree. Here's a new twist on the song:
On the first day of Christmas, our donors gave to us,
Arklie and an RV...
Okay, that's pretty silly but it did get your attention.
Wow! 2020 has been a difficult year in many ways. In February, our dear friend and co-laborer John Browne went to be in the presence of the Lord, while leaving a huge hole on our staff and in our hearts. In March, a devastating tornado hit in Tennessee followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly altered our plans. In April, a tornado outbreak devastated parts of the Southeastern U.S.. The hurricane season premiered in May and proved to be extremely active, with a record-setting six storms making landfall. In some ways the largest challenge we faced was that we were unable to deploy staff and volunteers as we normally do.
But through all the challenges, we were able to serve. We had the resources in place at the warehouse to deploy to any area that needed supplies and equipment. We deployed bunkhouses, Sheds of Hope, chainsaws, showers, skid steer loaders, and much more. We set up a disaster site in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then another hurricane came and we evacuated the site. Then we moved it back again.
The reason we were ready to serve is that God has provided, through His people, all the resources we needed. Praise God for His provision!
One such provision is the RV that is pictured above. It was donated, along with a Ford F550 truck to pull it, by an individual who values the work of MNA Disaster Response. It is this type of donation, of supplies and funds to purchase equipment, that fuels our work.
Another tremendous asset is our people. MNA Disaster Response operates with a small and dedicated staff that spends every waking hour (and an occasional sleepless night) working to assure that the resources are in place to be where we are needed to show Christ's mercy to those who are having a really bad day.
Thank you for resourcing this ministry through 2020. Through all the difficulties of 2020 we have been blessed to be able to continue to serve. We look forward to serving in 2021!