John and Betsy Browne
I am honored and blessed to have earned my full United States citizenship in October of 2018. After living in the United States for 38 years, it is wonderful to be able to call myself a true American! My wife and I recently celebrated our 39th anniversary and have welcomed our sixth grandchild into the world. We love Dallas as a home base, as it allows me to be centrally located for my mission work.
This past year-and-a-half has been very eventful to say the least!
First, Hurricane Harvey left the Houston area with extensive flooding. Our Sheds of Hope response began with a blitz-build in Dallas, with eighty-five people from thirteen different churches working together. Thirteen Sheds of Hope were built during this blitz-build. This was quickly followed with four churches in San Antonio building another eight sheds in one weekend. We ended up setting up thirty-seven Sheds of Hope in Houston, cleaning out 200 homes, installing new drywall in sixty homes and completely restoring three homes. These opportunities allowed our shed set-up teams and our local churches to share the gospel with many who had never heard the Word of God.
Secondly, Harvey revealed the need for a new Mission to North America satellite disaster relief warehouse in Dallas. Once completed, the Dallas Disaster Warehouse will be operationally capable and ready to serve as a PCA disaster response hub for all of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. This has been a monumental task and one that continues today. However, it is an effort that is greatly needed as we prepare to respond and help those in great distress and need.
Lastly and most recently, Hurricanes Florence and Michael wreaked havoc in the Carolinas and along the Florida Gulf Coast. In response, I was back in the field teaching churches across the Southeast how to build Sheds of Hope. This effort is still ongoing as the damage to these areas is extensive, and a multitude of people are in need of practical help and to be blessed by hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than meeting both the temporal and eternal needs of people through Sheds of Hope! At the time of writing this letter, fifty-five families are in need of sheds. We expect that number to grow.
Each storm is a mission field, and I am continually convinced that I am called to give my best help to those in need, and to find new ways to reach those who do not yet know our wonderful Savior. Unprecedented storms have greatly increased these opportunities.
To Give Online to John’s Support Account
- Gifts to MNA Disaster Response – Sheds of Hope (Browne) help provide his salary, benefits and expenses.
To Give By Mail:
- Make checks payable to Mission to North America
- Note on the memo line Acct. #1537
- Mission to North America
P.O. Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233
Thanks for your support.