Rick Lenz

MNA Disaster Response Specialist OK & TX Presbyterian Church in America

Homepage: https://disasterresponseoktx.wordpress.com


We need volunteers in S TX to address staggering needs resulting from Hurricane Harvey!  Soon we will need people with experience to install, tape and float drywall. Consider assembling a team now to come to Grace PCA, The Woodlands or Christ the King PCA, Houston. We have housing and showers at both locations. Both are close to stores and restaurants so don’t bring huge amounts of food or water.  We also have tools but we can discuss when you sign up your team. Go to MNA Disaster Response at today to pray, give and or go!


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Hurricane Harvey

Devastating flooding and water rescues continue in S TX as water from reservoirs is released after the flooding from unbelievably heavy rains. We have prepositioned equipment and will be receiving flood buckets and hygiene kits soon for distribution. We are meeting with leaders from PCA churches in the area on Tuesday to discuss volunteer sites, those needing help and how we can best respond. One PCA church was flooded and approximately 50 families had flood water come into their homes.IMG_6296

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SAVE THE DATES!!  Fun for the whole family! Food, great information, some giveaways! Free Disaster Response Workshop Friday and Saturday, Apr 17-18, 2015, Bethel PCA, 17990 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75287. Topics to be covered:

  • Equipping your church to respond to disasters
  • HAM radio and social media during disasters
  • Preparing your family for disasters
  • Building Sheds of Hope
  • Assembling your 72 hr family kit
  • Introduction to CERT
  • Teaching children to prepare for disasters through interactive activities
  • Responding to disasters

REGISTER NOW!! Click here to register for the free BBQ dinner and presentations. Child care upon request.

Contact Rick Lenz at rlenz@pcanet.org or 817-690-8107 for more information

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Care and Comfort Training Event

MNA Disaster Response is conducting a special Care and Comfort training event at Grace PCA, Dalton, GA, on Oct 17, 2014. It is intended for all who are called to serve Christ through mercy ministry (that’s all of us!).  This one-day event will provide training on how to best compassionately and appropriately share the love and hope of Jesus Christ in a tempest-tossed world. Go to http://www.pcamna.org and click on Disaster Response to learn how you can be part of this great opportunity!

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MNA Disaster Response Warehouse

We are building a national MNA disaster response warehouse in Dalton, GA, for pre-positioning equipment and supplies, training and housing volunteers, and generally building our capability to respond.  We can start the building but need your help to complete the structure and outfit it with equipment, shelving, furniture, etc.  Go to the MNA Disaster Response website at http://www.pcamna.org to donate. Do it today!

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IMG_0829We’re still building Sheds of Hope in Moore, OK until the end of August 2014. Currently we have about 180 sheds built. Help us get to 200 sheds built for tornado victims and for God’s glory.

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OK Tornado Response

We are still working in the Moore/OKC area building Sheds of Hope. We have built over 170 sheds and have at least 7 partially built sheds in N TX!  We will be building through August 2014 when we transition to follow up with shed recipients. VOLUNTEER today to help build sheds!!  We would really like to train church teams how to build the sheds and get a commitment from them to build a couple sheds within the first week following a disaster. If we can do that, we could have sheds on the ground when the sheds are most urgently needed. Interested?  Contact me today!

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OK Tornadoes May 2013

Several devastating tornadoes hit OK including an EF-5 tornado in Moore in May.  Over 5,000 homes were destroyed as well as schools, a hospital, and many businesses. The PCA churches in OK and the RUF Campus Ministers are leading the response effort. Together with MNA, they have hired a coordinator and are looking for places to house volunteers.  In addition to debris cleanup and counseling, they will be offering Sheds of Hope to those affected to store whatever they were able to salvage or accumulate since the disaster.  Check it out on Facebook at Sheds of Hope – Oklahoma Tornado Relief or at http://www.shedsofhope.com How can you help? Pray, give, go!  Pray for God’s hand in the response. Donate cash and volunteer at http://www.pcamna.org. Please no non-cash donations unless specifically requested.


Moore OK Shed Moore OK

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West, TX Explosion

We are still supporting Redeemer PCA, Waco, in sponsoring at least 3 families in West, TX. They are taking the lead to help with appliances, temporary needs, housing and eventually perhaps rebuilding. They are also counseling the families. I spent several days at the Emergency Operations Center for TX VOAD and meeting with the city council, LTRC and others as well as meeting with Redeemer PCA staff and deacons. If you are interested in supporting this effort, you may send cash donations to Redeemer PCA, 2501 Ritchie Road, Waco, TX 76712. If you’d like to volunteer, contact me and I’ll let you know when volunteer opportunities are available.
West, TX Firetruck

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Granbury, TX Tornadoes

I was in Granbury on 16-17 May assessing the situation following the devastating tornado, checking with N TX PCA churches on any members/regular attendees who live in that area. We didn’t have any who had any damage. On 18 and 20-21 May, I ran the Assistance Center on behalf of the TX Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) at the Church of Christ together with the Red Cross rep. The PCA is a member of the National VOAD as well as a member in a number of states. Those affected by the tornadoes could come to the Center to get city permits to get into the area, get temporary financial assistance, food, and other services from many VOAD and local agencies. Granbury was very well organized compared to many other communities. The 48 member Ministerial Alliance has been very active and is taking the lead on meeting unmet needs. Mission Granbury and the Christian Service Center have had on going programs to assist people. Hood County and Granbury are developing a Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) to determine unmet needs and there have been thousands of volunteers helping..  There may be some opportunities there to volunteer in the LTRC. Grace Community PCA sent a team to work cleaning up debris one day and I’m encouraging other churches to do likewise. If someone is interested I can plug them into where ever the volunteer center is currently located. Habitat had built 60 homes, 57 of which sustained damage some total destruction so they are taking the lead to rebuild so that might also be a place where a PCA team could go.

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