World Vision – Appalachia, WV Mission Trip – July 16-21
Please pray for our Mission Team (of 21 adults and teenagers): that God will prepare them for the work that lies ahead; that he will strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits (these situations can be overwhelming); that they would not become discouraged over the circumstances or what they see; and that GOD WILL GET ALL THE GLORY as He shines His Light through them into the darkness.
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.
World Vision’s goal in Appalachia is to help level the economic and social playing field in this under-resourced region, to see neighbors helping neighbors, and to experience lives and communities being transformed. We come alongside communities that are hard at work. The focus of World Vision is to bring 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 north-central West Virginia region.
What We Do
Our Mission Teams:
- Repair and improve homes, making them safe and warm.
- Minister to children, 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 (children 5 years or older).
Living Hope has been a presence at Grafton WV World Vision 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 had 3 teams at 3 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 paired with a host family with children of similar ages, naturally facilitating relationships. You will also be matched 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 on the campus of Alderson-Broaddus College, with access to their dining facilities, chapel and swimming pool. The first morning you will meet your host family and travel to your work site. Over a course of 4-5 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 our expectations we arrive with are not based in 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 5 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 WV.
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