The people of Appalachia need help restoring their promise of a better future.
Appalachia will be in two locations, depending on the size of the trip. Our main contact is in Duffield, Virginia. It is an old coal mining town in the Appalachian mountains. When the mines closed much of the younger generation left to find work elsewhere, leaving older relatives to fend for themselves. If the trip is large, some people will be in Kingsport, Tennessee. This is a larger factory town on the Tennessee/Virginia border.
Ministry: In Duffield, we work with Pastor Bo. He pastors a church that meets at an old church camp, which is also where your team will be lodging for the trip. The teams will be working a lot with the elderly.
There is a drop in center where the elderly stay while their caretakers go to work. Here, the participants will join activities such as games and crafts or songs and stories and build relationships with the people. There is also an elderly home with similar activities.
We also have another non-profit ministry partner in in the town of Duffield. Here, we connect teams each week with elderly couples and individuals who need help around their homes with repairs, cleaning, maintenance, and just talking and building relationships with people who often live in isolation. Teams will also be cleaning up around the camp they will be staying at. Activities will look like moving brush piles, small construction projects, and cleaning the buildings.
In Kingsport, there are also work and maintenance projects around the church property and occasionally a community member’s home. There are also two VBS opportunities, one at a church where the participants join in an already organized program, and another where they teams are responsible for the activities. There is also a children’s feeding program that participants over the age of 14 will be able to participate in. This will consist of preparing and distributing food for underprivileged children.
Lodging: Duffield: The lodging will be on an old church camp property. Most people will be staying in cabins with bunk beds. There is no electricity or running water in the cabins. Some may be sleeping in the church with sleeping pads. The church has electricity and running water. There is a bathhouse with electricity, showers, and toilets.
Kingsport: They will be sleeping at a church in classrooms and the sanctuary. There are bathrooms, but the showers will be at another location, such as a YMCA.
Will you be the one to share the love of Jesus and help the people of this region find peace?
Testimony: “When I was working at VBS I was able to show love and attention to a kid who may not experience that very often. When the day ended, the kids told me that I was the best friend he ever had. It just shows that you don’t have to be a gifted minister to show God’s love.”
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