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Appalachia Mission Trip

Engage in an eye-opening experience to learn about poverty in the United States.


March 12-20, 2016


In McDowell County, West Virginia, students will serve those living in poverty within the United States. Due to limited jobs and a remote location, the Appalachian region experiences some of the greatest levels of poverty in the nation.

The Experience

Our team will work alongside our mission partner and local families by creating a Work Safari. Through the Work Safari, students will repair homes, work on construction projects, run afterschool programs, and serve in other capacities appropriate to the season.

They'll also receive teaching from local leaders on poverty, biblical compassion, prayer, leadership, economics, and the role of the church.

Our Ministry Partner

As our longest running ministry partner, Mustard Seeds & Mountains strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus in McDowell County, West Virginia. For decades they've served the region by helping individuals develop skills, gain self-worth, and experience God's love.

Trip Cost

This team of 10 students has a team fundraising goal of $6,400 (about $635 per person). Fundraising will be a major part of the year for this team, which will tremendously help the financial bottom line!

Who Should Participate

This trip is best suited for students who have some cross-cultural ministry experience and some exposure to poverty, but not necessarily advanced experience. Expect the next level in following God's biblical call to engage in life-giving and dignifying relationships with people in poverty.

Next Steps

Interviews are conducted in October and November of every year for the following spring.

Teams for Spring 2016 are set and have begun preparing for the trip. If you are interested in participating in Spring 2017, please check back in Fall 2016 and apply early.

Questions? Contact Matt Runion at runmat@bethel.edu.