2017 has been a good year for our ministry. Volunteers from several churches helped us minister to the people in this area. Several things were accomplished through the help of churches and individuals. We hosted activities for local children, bible stories were shared and songs of praise and worship were sung. Meals were prepared and served. Just the normal things you would expect from a mission where we try to put Matt 25:37-40 into practice.
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
People were able to stay on the grounds in our facilities even though the stairs and flooring are still temporary. Showers worked and bunk beds were available and that's all that mattered to the teens! We still have a long way to go but I will leave the following stories to help you see the progress we have made.
Amazing that this is actually May of 2015. We added a new building attached to our existing lodge. Still under construction, the building is being used as a warehouse and the upstairs being finished for lodging for volunteers. Funds are needed to complete the building that was started three years ago. We hosted a second Women's Prayer Conference and have scheduled a third for the Fall. How uplifting to fellowship with local ladies, many of whom need encouragement and acceptance. Christma and Easter and winter weather and frozen water lines kept us busy for the last few months. VBS, summer workcamps, school clothes distribution, community giveaways and construction will keep us busy for the summer. Email is a good way to reach me but texting is the fastest. My cell is 606-560-0685.
As summer ends, we look at what was accomplished and what must wait until next year... The bedrooms did not get completed but we added a concrete patio to connect the buildings and help with unloading donations close to the building and out of the mud! Replacement windows were provided for a family with problems with leaking old windows which made it difficult to heat their home. Huge clothing giveaways were well attended and helped hundreds of people and volunteers did a tremendous job interacting with local families through VBS and activities!
We struggle financially so if you have funds that can be used for our projects please consider sending a donation. I often say we just sit up on this rock and wait for people to come with money and energy to help with some of the work!
We were given a newborn baby in May and Lincoln has added a lot of joy to our home! There are many things I cannot do and carrying a baby through delivery is one of those things BUT I can take children into my home and love them unconditionally and be a mommy and I am thankful God continues to bless me with beautiful children!
Construction on the lodge bedrooms began in the Spring. The second floor will be bunkrooms for volunteers. Most materials were donated by Church groups with wood being cut in the yard with a band sawmill-- a unique experience for many teen volunteers!
Lodging is an important need for volunteer groups who have been sleeping on air mattresses or renting local motels or cabins. In order for groups to stay on site and their funds to stay on site we are adding on to our existing lodge. Funds are needed to complete the project!
Teens from Florida took VBS kids from "the holler" to Walmart to shop for school shoes and clothes.
Easter activities and our huge Bunny costume, summer VBS, fireworks, school clothes distribution and other events make great memories.
Past workcamp experiences:
Nursing student from IN spent Spring Break with Appalachian Ministries, hosting a free Health Fair for health screenings and information, doing home visits with Health Department nurses in two counties, hosting giveaway of toiletry and cleaning items and hosting presentations at Head Start on nutrition, germs and brushing teeth. It was a great group and we look forward to working with them again in the future!
The University of Vermont's Nagivators spent Spring Break with us 2011. The students were our first group of volunteers for 2011! We hosted several groups through out the year as well as hosting activites for local famlies. Facebook is an excellent way to read more of updates since it is difficult to have the editing program for the website to load all the way out in the middle of nowhere where we live!
2010 Field Trips: We took a group of 72 to Cincinnati Zoo in the fall and our Spring field trip was to Faith Weekend at the Newport Aquarium. Our group totaled 84! Read more about field trips on Facebook!
The Internet continues to be a great way to share outreach programs with others who were unaware of Appalachian Ministries or the rich heritage of Pine Crest.
We can now be found on Facebook as Appalachian Ministries (Beattyville). I have an account for fun listed under the name Lisa Lacy-Helterbrand. I admit I do play games online when our internet works! Appalachian Ministries also now has a page listed as a local business because there was a similar named nonprofit under religious. You are welcome to become a fan or post on the message board!