Making a Difference
We are hosting groups in 2022!
Big Creek Missions offers your group a flexible, affordable, and personal mission trip.
It really is flexible! In the fall & spring, you set the dates of your trips. We'll do our best to make it work!
It really is affordable. We ask groups to make a donation for their trip (see our suggestions below)
It really is personal! Here at Big Creek, we are all about people. We care for our community, and we care for our teams. The PEOPLE are our purpose, not just a "project" to keep our teams busy.
Suitable for ALL age groups and skill levels, this mission trip can be a life-changing experience for your family or group. You will be blessed as you join with our mission staff to nurture relationships together here in Eastern Kentucky.
Why do we need mission teams here? Life is hard here in parts of Appalachia. The terrain is rugged and unforgiving. Technology is lagging. The coal mines are nearly gone. Few jobs are available that provide living wages. Everybody knows somebody with cancer - and someone struggling with addiction.
Our people are resilient - but many are hurting, without hope, and without help. That's why we're here.
Although we do have a lot of churches in our area, many struggle to find the resources to take care of their members, and it's difficult to take care of those outside their own congregation.
We are located in an area classified as one of the poorest counties in the United states. It has also been designated as one of the hardest places to live in the United States.* Our mission exists to share the Gospel of Jesus by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our residents.
To accomplish this goal, we recruit volunteer teams to help us serve struggling families, provide hope for hurting neighbors, and show love to everyone we meet. Your teams will make a difference here, but these people and this area will impact the lives of your team members.
Our trips will expose your students to a different way of life here in Appalachia. We don't want to hype the Appalachian stereotypes - but there are parts of our area that some in your group might see as "unbelievable" living conditions.
This eye-opening experience is VERY affordable, easy to access, safe, and close to home. The work projects can be can be tailored to fit the desires and skills of your team - and are appropriate for the first time "mission tripper" or an experienced ministry team.
What are your steps to start planning?
1) Complete a simple registration below, and you determine your arrival and departure dates.
2) Recruit your team & Travel to Big Creek!
3) We do the rest! We will work within your guidelines and expectations to plan all the details, prepare almost all the supplies needed for your trip, and have your food and lodging ready when you arrive! Our staff can provide devotions and activities as needed. We keep it simple for you - so you can spend your time training your team.
We will offer your team a variety of service opportunities. You may help complete major (and minor) construction projects. You can visit and serve the homebound and disabled. You can visit and serve alongside various community ministries, including food pantries, nursing homes, and child/adult care agencies.
For 19 years, Big Creek Missions has been serving our community alongside groups of all ages - just like yours. We would consider it an honor to serve alongside you and your team!
Spring 2022 Availability Update:
Our Big Creek Campus is at full capacity for the days of March 6 - 24.
Our Wheelwright Campus is close to being at full capacity for the month of March. Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability prior to booking the Wheelwright location.
Three simple steps to plan your trip:
1) CHOOSE YOUR DATES AND FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW
On that form, you'll tell us your desired travel dates and a little about your team's skills.
We'll verify those dates with you and reserve your spots!
We will start planning your projects and preparing for your arrival.
2) READ & RECRUIT YOU TEAM
Read our group planning guide! (see link below!)
Then, after reading, start recruiting your team. We welcome ALL ages and types of groups! We hope you will recruit a team that can help us minister in the community. Once your team is put together, you can have them complete permission forms online - HERE
3) SHOW UP AND SERVE
We will take care of your food, lodging, project planning, and almost everything else (except your transportation). We will connect with you about specific projects during your time of service with us
We don't have a set fee... we just ask for a donation. Our suggested donation is $30 per person per 24 hours.
Ready To Serve?
Check out our group planning guide for either campus below. This guide is a much more thorough explanation of the mission trips. (Don't let it overwhelm you!)
Then, after reading, click the blue button below to sign up your team. No pre-payments are needed. This link will take you to our registration system where you can also manage your team member registrations.