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Appalachia Mission Trips
McDowell County, West Virginia

McDowell County, West Virginia (part of “Appalachia”) is one of the poorest communities in the United States. Once a focus county during LBJ’s “War on Poverty,” not much has changed in 50 years. The decline of the coal industry left multiple generations without work and with a dependence on government assistance, a cycle of poverty that will continue to perpetuate itself without intervention.

Over the last 10 years working alongside Jack Fultz and the School for Life ministry in Gary, WV, we have seen what a little hope and attention can do. Hardships like addiction and poverty have created a “lost generation” in the area, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and there is a great need for local kids to receive mentoring attention and encouragement to live a life different than their parents. This happens at School for Life, and EM mission trip teams come alongside this great local ministry to put on Kids Clubs and further the ongoing work of our ministry partners who work tirelessly year-round.

West Virginia mission trip teams—youth, college and adult teams alike—also engage and serve the community through work and service projects. Many homes are very old and poorly constructed, sold for pennies when the coal industry moved out. This has left home owners in dire need of home repairs they are unable to afford and created unsafe living environments for many children and families. Mission trip teams travel all over the county to help with these home repairs while building relationships with home owners and families, offering encouragement and hope that life can be better, a practical and tangible way to share our faith in Jesus.




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If you're in the process of finalizing your mission trip plans but are not quite ready to take the step of registration, you can click the "Grab Space" link to temporarily reserve spots for 30 days. There is no financial obligation involved in Grabbing Space. It merely lets us know of your interest in a specific trip and also gives you some extra time (30 days) to get your details in place before you actually register your team. We make every effort to maintain a hold on your spaces for the full 30 days be alerting you to the interest of other teams in those same dates. It is important to note that your spaces are not secured until you have registered your team.

*Trips labeled "Unspecified" are currently available to more than one specific group type. The type of group accepted during those weeks is usually determined by the type of group that registers first.

Trips are filled on a "first come, first served" basis and registering teams receive full priority over all teams with current or previously grabbed spaces. If you need to extend your "Space Grab" hold beyond 30 days, please contact the EM office at 888-475-6414 as soon as possible to see if that option is available.

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You must register your team to secure space for your mission trip. We understand there are many details involved in putting together a mission team and it can be difficult to project your final team size at the beginning of this process. If you're not sure of your final team size, we suggest you make a conservative participant estimate when you register. As your team develops, you can increase your team size, providing space is still available, by calling us at 888-475-6414.

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