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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

El Shaddai & MNA Disaster Response to Help Equip Haitian Leadership

The following is an article regarding the work of El Shaddai Ministries and MNA Disaster Response in Haiti. As a result of our work our Disaster Response team has been invited to assist these Haitian leaders in preparing their people for natural disasters. Our presentations will be May 9-12. Please pray for our preparation and presentation.

On Tuesday March 29, Mission to North America (MNA) and El Shaddai Ministries International (ESMI), both ministries of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), were honored by the Haitian Senate for their relief efforts following the devastation from the earthquake in January.

Dony St. Germain, pastor of El Shaddai PCA in Miami, provided much of the oversight for the relief efforts in Haiti. The President and Secretary of the Haitian Senate personally handed the recognition award to St. Germain and Arklie Hooten, Short Term Missions & Disaster Response Director for MNA. Both Dony and Arklie were surprised by the award and the ceremony. In his remarks, Hooten stated that he accepted the award on behalf of MNA’s Coordinator, Jim Bland, the many MNA/PCA volunteers who have served, and the financial supporters and prayer partners.

The award stated, “The Senate of the Republic of Haiti would like to recognise El Shaddai Ministries International Inc. (ESMI) and Mission to North America (MNA) for their relief efforts in the days and weeks immediately following the tragic earthquake on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Haiti was at her greatest need ever. Thank you for your intervention medically, socially, and economically. Presented in Port-au-Prince March 29, 2010” The certificate was signed by Dr. Kelley Bastien, President of the Senate, and Pierre Franky Exius, Secretary of the Senate.

Also on hand were around 50 key Haitian pastors from across the country, some from churches with up to 5,000 members. Others present were Bresile St. Germain, Dr. Jay Sklar from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and Dr. Steve McGee-Director of Ministries in Action in Miami, Florida.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Time to Prepare is NOW



Hurricane Ida kissed us on the cheek several weeks ago, giving us a wakeup call and reminder that natural disasters can happen at any time. It was a reminder to me that I still need to work towards establishing an organized disaster response plan for our presbyteries.* You can help me by doing two simple things:

1.  Select a representative from your church who will be my point of contact.*
2.  Create a database with elder’s and deacon’s contact information; Phone numbers, addresses, and 
     emails (If available).

It may not seem urgent now but having a point of contact and maintaining a database of church leaders WILL be urgent WHEN a disaster strikes. Please email or mail this information to me at or 647 Demontluzin St.. Bay St. Louis, MS 39521

*Even if you do not live near the coast it's just as important to have a database and point person for each church. We not only battle with hurricanes. There are also tornadoes, fires, and floods which plague all who live in a fallen world.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tropical Storm Ida-Evacuation Shelter


While Hurricane Ida has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Ida we are still expecting high winds and flooding in some areas. An evacuation shelter has been opened for residents in low lying areas:

Gautier Convention Center, 2012 Library Lane, Gautier MS; opens 1pm


BILOXI (November 9, 2009) – The American Red Cross is preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ida.  The EOCs of Harrison and Jackson Counties have requested that the following shelters be opened to house residents of areas that are susceptible to wind and flooding:

·         West Harrison Community Center, 4470 Espy Ave, Long Beach MS; opens 4pm (*Time may change)
·         Woolmarket Community Center, 16320 Old Woolmarket Rd, Biloxi MS; opens 4pm (*Time may change)
·         Gautier Community Center, 2012 Library Lane, Gautier MS; opens 1pm

These shelters are open to all (men, women and children).  Pets, alcohol and weapons will not be allowed.  Guests are reminded to bring a 3-day supply of essential provision with them, including food, water and medication.  These shelters will remain open until weather conditions improve or until further notice.

A fourth shelter may also be opened in Hancock County.  We will follow up with confirmation on this as soon as possible.

The American Red Cross encourages Gulf Coast residents to:

·               Stay informed by listening to local TV and radio stations and checking local news websites.
·               Assemble a disaster supply kit including food, water, flashlight, essential medication, and copies of important documents.

 For updates on shelters, contact the MS Gulf Coast Chapter at 228-896-4511 and the Southeast MS Chapter at 762-2455.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Join us at the Mercy Ministry Conference in Chattanooga

Disaster Response Training. March 10-11, 2010. In conjunction with the MNA Mercy Ministry Conference in Chattanooga, TN. For more information go to:

Thursday, August 27, 2009



If it is not safe for you to be home, it is not safe for your pets either. Before Hurricane Katrina, many veterinarians in coastal areas were willing to board pets during storms. Hurricane Katrina showed us how many problems can develop by keeping pets in a coastal location during a hurricane and many vets are unwilling to accept the risks to pets and staff. That means you need to be prepared to take your pets with you if evacuation becomes necessary. Along the Gulf Coast, mandatory evacuation is going to be a fairly regular occurrence. With that in mind we need to have a safe haven arranged before a storm arrives, and we need to have a pet evacuation kit organized before a storm arrives. For more information go to: EVACUATING WITH YOUR PET

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ABCD-And It's Almost September

D is for Danny only the fourth tropical storm of the 2009 hurricane season. Several years ago we made it through the entire alphabet and into the alpha, beta, gammas.
Praying for our friends up the Eastern seaboard. It looks like Danny is projected to skirt the Atlantic coast and be in Canada by Monday. Grateful for a mind season thus far. Thank you Lord. To find out more about tropical storm Danny go to:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Catch a Wave and You're Sittin' on Top of the World


I'm sure I can speak for all in saying thank God for the mild season thus far and for Bill producing nothing but the bountiful harvest of surf along the East Coast. As a former surfer I know the prayers for such things no matter how frivolous. I suppose it's no different from praying for good weather for football on any given Saturday.