Mission to North America's Disaster Response provides support to PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) churches in disaster affected communities through a network of staff and volunteer damage assessment teams, first response teams, site managers, and key leaders. MNA recruits and mobilizes volunteers, receives and distributes supplies and equipment, brings awareness of specific needs, channels recovery funds, focuses prayer and provides spiritual encouragement to our PCA family and their communities.
MNA Disaster Response’s disaster relief takes many forms. Flood Buckets contain an array of cleaning supplies typically needed in disaster cleanup. Bedding Kits contain pillows and sheets. Hygiene kits provide personal toiletries. Volunteers assemble the donated items into the respective kits, which are stored at the MNA Disaster Response warehouse, then shipped where needed. Sheds of HOPE provide victims a dry, secure place to store their rescued belongings. Working through local PCA churches in disaster areas, volunteers also work to assist victims in reclaiming their homes, belongings and their lives following a disaster event.
2021 Build Dates:
There will be three build dates in the spring and three in the fall. As more details emerge, they'll be posted here and on our Facebook page.
A Look Back at 2020:
2020 began sadly for the LOPC Sheds of HOPE team when we learned that our beloved friend, teacher and founder of the Sheds of HOPE ministry, John Browne was called home by our Lord February 5. John taught the LOPC team how to build sheds by directing the pre-build and construction of our Sheds of HOPE here at LOPC and numerous follow-up visits. We miss his cheerful way of teaching, his leadership and especially his unrelenting love of the Lord and devotion to serving Him by helping His children in need.
The loss of John’s leadership was a big challenge, but the LOPC Sheds of HOPE team rallied and by the time the Coronavirus struck in the USA in March, 2020, the LOPC Sheds of HOPE team had already built 4 sheds, then took pre-cut materials to the MNA Disaster Response warehouse in Rome, GA and supervised GA Tech students building 2 more sheds. The pandemic slowed our schedule somewhat while we figured out how to work within CDC guidelines, but we quickly caught up and by the end of the year, we had built 27 sheds, a new record for our team! We were also privileged to host teams from two other churches who joined our builds as a learning experience. Our sheds went to help our brothers and sisters affected by tornadoes and hurricanes in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and North Carolina. We stored one shed here in the lake area to assist our local community; sheds not immediately used went into inventory at the MNA Disaster Response warehouse.
Although we had to limit participation a bit due to COVID restrictions, we still had a good turnout and welcomed new members to the team in 2020. Marilyn Sowell’s talented team also figured out how to continue providing those delicious and much-appreciated lunches! We continue to be grateful for the financial support from LOPC members and our community that helps make the Sheds of HOPE ministry’s work possible. God continues to shower blessings on us!