Where: We will be heading to Blackwater, VA.
Purpose: To establish relationships, work on local homes, and provide the elderly and disabled who live there warm, safe and dry houses.
Participants: This trip is open to ALL ages (adults, youth and children). We are looking for people from all walks of life – those with skilled construction experience, those who can work hard in support roles, and those with a heart to serve.
Cost is $250 per person. Online registration and $50 Deposit due 3/24/19.
Registration: When you register above, you will also be able to pay your $50 deposit. Once registration is complete, you will receive a link to track and make remaining trip payments.
In addition to your online registration for Living Hope Church, you will need to download, print, and turn in a signed copy of the Mountain Heritage Mission Registration form below to Donna Sue Bongardt:
Appalachia is a 205,000-mile-square region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. The culture has been greatly influenced by geographic isolation. Nearly 25 percent is considered distressed. In the past 30 years, their communities have experienced a painful break as industries that once produced numerous jobs are gone. In many cases, no new industries have replaced them.
Mountain Heritage Missions’ goal in Appalachia is to help the elderly and disabled, to improve their living conditions, and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in this under-resourced region, to see neighbors helping neighbors, and to experience lives and communities being transformed. We come alongside those who need a hand-up and the message that God means for all of us to live a full and abundant life.
To teach the spiritual discipline of servanthood and to apply the principles of Christ-centered community transformation by serving in mission work in the Appalachia.
What We Do
Our Mission Teams:
- Repair and improve homes, making them safe and warm.
- Minister to the elderly and disabled, helping them feel loved.
- Serve local organizations, supporting the community.
- Bring hope to families in need, leading to transformation.
Anyone who is willing: Youth groups, individuals, and families (all ages welcome).
Living Hope has been a presence at Appalachia since we sent our first mission team there in 2012.
If you are thinking about going on a mission trip…you are in the right place. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in serving others less fortunate than yourself and it’s an awesome opportunity to share with your kids. Each year God has taken us to different people and into different situations, both challenging and heart rendering. Last year Living Hope sent 32 members and had 2 teams at 2 different job sites: both individual homes that needed repairs and a church building that serves the community.
So what’s it like?
When you go on a mission trip, you set off with your own set of expectations. You think you are ready. You think you are prepared, I mean, you did the team building exercises, attended the information sessions, and read the brochure, right? You surely have a grip on what is to come. Before you arrive, you and your team/family will be matched with a host family based on your skills and the jobs needed to be done (note: no specific skills are necessary other than a desire to be there).
We will stay in a local school building and be fed by the ladies at the church right across the street, with access to their church for evening worship. The first morning you will meet your host family and travel to your work site. Over a course of 3 days, you will find yourself faced with some challenging experiences and most likely you will feel ill-equipped to handle them all (where was that in the literature???) But, it is a process and it will play out; just keep the faith. We have found that the expectations we arrive with are not based on the truth of reality, and that life is very difficult for many who live in Appalachia. You will be challenged mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is normal. We tell you this so you will recognize it when it happens and continue to persevere; the Holy Spirit is alive and well and working through you. The work will get done and God will empower you to do more in 3 days than you could accomplish at home in a month. You will find that the people you thought you went to serve, actually serve you, and you will be blessed in ways much greater than your expectations could ever have imagined. You will grow in faith. You are the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. And when you step out, God will meet you there…and use you (and your family) to further His Kingdom.
Want to know more? LISTEN TO THE TESTIMONIES from the Youth and Adults that went last year.
Think you don’t have time for a mission trip? Pray and see if this is the year for God to use you to make a difference in Appalachia.