Despite vast natural resources and beauty beyond measure, Appalachia daily fights for freedom from poverty and despair.
Unemployment tracks higher than the national average, and many people in this area work in low-paying jobs below their skill level. Outsourcing and mechanization have left many residents jobless, poverty-stricken, and lacking in educational resources.
The people of the Appalachian mountains are strong and come from a legacy of hard work, but years of discouragement have taken their toll. Many people work multiple jobs, collect government aid, and sacrifice just to make ends meet.
The people of Appalachia need help restoring their promise of a better future.
While in Appalachia, ministry opportunities include:
Building Relationships: Your primary ministry will be to the elderly, joining in games and crafts, singing songs, telling stories, and building relationships with those who feel forgotten.
Home Restoration/Work Projects: You will also partner with a non-profit ministry that helps with basic home repairs and cleaning to the elderly or homebound individuals. Most of all, you'll build relationships with those isolated from society, reminding them that they are seen and loved by God.
Hungry for both hope and help, the people of Appalachia need to be encouraged and reminded of the love of Jesus.
Will you share Christ in a region seeking hope?
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