Disaster Site Updates

Paradise Lost – California Wildfire Response

The Camp Fire started at sunrise on Thursday, November 8, at Butte County California. Shortly after the fire erupted, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of Paradise, a community served by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Due to the speed of the fire, many residents were unable to evacuate before the fire arrived. The fire spread so rapidly that firefighters stopped attempting to control the flames, and instead were in rescue mode to help people get out alive.  By the morning of November 10, approximately 7,000 structures had been destroyed by the 115,000-acre fire, and at least 42 people have perished making it the single deadliest fire in California history.

MNA Disaster Response is working with Ridge Presbyterian Church, a lovely multi-site congregation with preaching points in Paradise and Chico. The church physical plant in Paradise was incinerated along with every member’s home. This is perhaps the largest loss of PCA owned homes in our denominational history, and likely the most traumatic disaster event that has ever affected one of our congregations. Fortunately, our church family living in Chico and other places whose homes were spared have taken in families who lost their homes.
How can you help?

  • Please pray for our Ridge PCA church family as they serve one another during this difficult time. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  • As for the foreseeable future no volunteer mobilization is anticipated. 85% of the community is burned to the ground. Critical infrastructure is non-existent, and only those highly specialized agencies working in recovery are being allowed into Paradise.
  • Please consider sending a generous financial gift to MNA Disaster Response designated for the 2018 California Camp Fire/Paradise Response. 100% of your gift will be channeled to the Ridge PCA Diaconate and used to help church families meet immediate needs, such as the purchase of clothing, meals, temporary housing, to replace lost income, to meet insurance deductibles, to rent worship and office space, and to facilitate the work of Ridge PCA as they demonstrate God’s love in many ways by bringing care and comfort to this devastated community.


The financial needs left in the wake of this wildfire are tremendous. You may click here to give electronically. To mail your gift, make your check out to ‘MNA Disaster Response’ and mark ‘2018 California Camp Fire/Paradise Response’ and mail to: Mission to North America, PO Box 890233, Charlotte NC 28289-0233.  (Please know that MNA does not charge any fees for services so 100% of this donation will be channeled to the Ridge PCA Diaconate and used to provide relief.)

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Hurricane Michael – Ready for Volunteers!

Home of Pastor Colravy of Covenant PCA
Home of Pastor Colravy of Covenant PCA
First Presbyterian Church PCA Panama City
First Presbyterian Church PCA Panama City
Covenant PCA Panama City
Covenant PCA Panama City

The damages left from Hurricane Michael are catastrophic. In speaking with our leadership on the ground they have drawn a direct comparison to the damages left by Hurricane Katrina. All three of our PCA churches in Panama City sustained major damages as did the vast majority of their congregants. The financial needs are great and the need for volunteers major!!!

How you can help:

  1. PRAY – for those who have been impacted by this storm and those who are (responding
  2. GIVE – please give generously. The financial needs left in the wake of this storm are tremendous. You may click here to give electronically. To mail your gift, make your check out to ‘MNA Disaster Response’ and mark ‘For Hurricane Michael Relief’ and mail to: Mission to North America, PO Box 890233, Charlotte NC 28289-0233.  (Please know that MNA does not charge any fees for services so 100% of all donations to a designated event go to meet the needs presented by that event.)
  3. GO – A Volunteer Staging Site has been set up at Panama City Beach. If you would like to volunteer please click here to register. For more information about serving click here. For a FAQ about volunteering please click here. PLEASE NOTE:  ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER AND BE SCHEDULED THROUGH MNA DISASTER RESPONSE. If you have any questions you may contact Sherry Lanier at slanier@pcanet.org.

Read this Special Update.


Hurricane Florence – Volunteers Needed

(photo provided by the National Guard)

Major flooding is the calling card that has been left by Hurricane Florence. This flooding extends throughout many areas in NC and SC. Many homes have been catastrophically affected and at least one PCA church in SC has been flooded. Some roads are still underwater but enough have been cleared that we are ready to mobilize disaster response volunteers to help those who have been impacted by this hurricane. Many MNA Disaster Response First Responders and Key Leaders have already been on the ground helping with initial needs and assessments.

How you can help:

  • PRAY – for those who have been impacted by this storm and those who are (responding
  • GIVE – please give generously. The financial needs left in the wake of this storm are tremendous. You may click here to give electronically. To mail your gift, make your check out to ‘MNA Disaster Response’ and mark ‘For Hurricane Florence Relief’ and mail to: Mission to North America, PO Box 890233, Charlotte NC 28289-0233.  (Please know that MNA does not charge any fees for services so 100% of all donations to a designated event go to meet the needs presented by that event.)
  • GO – Volunteer Staging Sites have been set up at Wilmington and New Bern in NC and Mullins SC – serving Mullins, Dillon and Conway SC. If you would like to volunteer please click here to register. For more information about serving click here. For a FAQ about volunteering please click here.

 


PUERTO RICO – Scheduling Volunteers for 2019 Now!

The work of rebuilding in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria continues. The needs are still great with some areas of the island still without power. The local PCA pastors and leadership are requesting volunteer teams to come and assist with a specific, targeted area. They have also set up a strong volunteer staging site to house volunteers who come to assist the in their work. Click here for more information about the specific project they are working on, the La Hormiga Project.

If you are interested in serving, please contact Sherry Lanier at slanier@pcanet.org for more information.

To see a video about the situation and current need in Puerto Rico, please click here.


Ongoing Need for Flood Buckets

Major flood events have been happening at a record pace over the past year and are continuing. MNA Disaster Response is requesting your help in being prepared to help those who are impacted by floods. Flood buckets are needed by the hundreds when a flood occurs. The MNA Disaster Response warehouse provides a place to store these buckets so that they can be shipped immediately when needed. For more information, please click here. Click here to view a video about flood bucket assembly.
For information about completed disaster response missions, click here.