Pray for our Summer Mission Team
  • Highway 604, A J Osborne Highway, Blackwater, VA

  • Mountain Heritage Missions

Pray for our Summer Mission Team

Pray for our Mission Team, for: 

  1. Safe travels to and from Blackwater, Virginia.
  2. For God to prosper our work and make our paths straight.
  3. To provide projects for our kids that keep them busy and are suited to their skill level, so that they will feel they are a blessing.
  4. That our presence will be an encouragement to Donnie & Bonnie, and the staff at Mountain Heritage Missions.
  5. For opportunities to share the gospel and build His kingdom.
  6. That the Holy Spirit will use this trip to encourage others.
  7. Our church will take a step of faith and go and serve other families in need in our own community.
  8. That we will be changed by the people we meet, the work that we do, and the experiences we share…all for His glory.

 

 

Our team will partner with Mountain Heritage Missions to learn the spiritual discipline of servanthood and apply the principles of Christ-centered community transformation while serving families with significant physical and spiritual needs.  No special skills needed, only a willing heart to serve.

MINISTRY: Your week will be a combination of work projects, team activities, and free time. The work site will either be at a home, church, or community center. The type of project will depend on our group’s skills and the needs of the community (anything from painting to light renovations). 

ACCOMMODATIONS: The team will stay at a renovated school building in Blackwater, VA. All food will be provided by MHM.  Dinner will be provided at the church across the street. Breakfast and lunch will be prepared by the team and eaten on site.

PREPARATION: In addition to following the payment and form schedule below, you’ll need to attend several team meetings before the trip for training and team building. 

COST: (covers lodging, meals, and most outreach materials/supplies)

  • $250 for all participants 12 and older.  
  • $125 for participants under 12 years old.
  • NOTE: Families with children under the age of 12 years old and/or families with 4 or more family members are available for a discounted rate.

DEADLINES: 

 • MAY 15 – Registration Form & $50 deposit per person TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT.  Registrations after May 15th will be at full cost.

 • MAY 29 – Remaining balance due 

COST & SUPPORT RAISING: Your payment covers all housing, meals, and construction supply costs. Transportation arrangements will be determined later. Each family is responsible for their own transportation. (NOTE: all travel-related costs and participant fees are tax-deductible). You are encouraged to send Support Letters (SEE BELOW) to family and friends outside the church for donations. The church will collect an offering for the trip on a specified Sunday that will be distributed evenly among the team members, equally reducing the cost per person. 

SUPPORT LETTERS:

Appalachia 2022 – support letter outside LHC (WORD document)

Appalachia – support letter 2022 – inside LHC (WORD document)

PACKING LIST:

THINGS TO KNOW and PACKING LIST (PDF)

SEPARATE PAPER APPLICATION REQUIRED FOR EACH PARTICIPANT:

Mountain Heritage Mission (MHM) requires a separate MHM REGISTRATION for EACH participant/family member. When you receive your online receipt it will provide a link for the required MHM registration form. Please complete one per person and give to Randy Clifford (or email PDF to office@findlivinghope.com). These will be mailed to MHM with your payment.

QUESTIONS: Contact Team Leader Randy Clifford: savedbygrace500@gmail.com.

Who?

Anyone who is willing:  All ages welcome – individuals, families, youth.

Living Hope has been serving through local mission trips since 2012 – and this will be our 10th summer!

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.   In 2019 Living Hope sent 18 members to Blackwater, in teams at 3 different job sites – all individual homes that needed repairs. 

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).

Over a course of 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 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 previously.

Don’t think you have time for a mission trip?  

Pray and see if this is the year for God to use YOU to make a difference to others through Mountain Heritage Missions.