EAST KENTUCKY MISSIONS: SHAPING HEARTS AND LIVES
Summer 2022 Registration is now open!
After a successful 2021 summer season, we are continuing our return to normal operations in 2022
Partner with us as we share the hope of Jesus in Southeast Kentucky
We hope you and your team will join with us as we show and share the love of Jesus. In an area filled with darkness and hopelessness, God has sent us here to be a source of LIGHT and hope in the name of Jesus. This mission trip is appropriate for all ages - and will transform your group as you experience the rich culture of rural Appalachia.
Located in a struggling area of Eastern Kentucky, our mission teams serve in very practical ways. We seek to mend broken homes and hearts by showing and sharing the gospel of Jesus with humility, mercy, & grace
We keep it real.
Our teams have been serving the people of Leslie County Kentucky for 17 years and have hosted over 37,000 volunteers! We are beginning our third year of ministry in Floyd Kentucky in 2020
We're here to stay!
We welcome all groups!
You are Welcome Here!
We know that money can be tight. We try to keep our trips affordable. Your total cost of $229pp includes food, lodging, staffing, worship services & supplies! You provide transportation.
We keep it affordable!
Where we are:
Big Creek Missions hosts volunteer teams at its two mission center locations in Leslie County and Floyd County Kentucky.
What We do:
*Our mission centers (and many staff) are permanently based in the areas we serve. We're here even after you leave.
*We are committed to our communities throughout the entire year, not just the summer
*We develop connections, meet the families, research and plan meaningful service opportunities for your team.
*For our residents, we offer home repairs, community programs, and children's enrichment programs.
*For your team, we offer a life-changing mission experience focused on serving Jesus and serving others.
The Total Cost:
$229 per person for a full week mission trip! No additional construction fees. No hidden fees. That's it.
What your TOTAL cost of $229 covers:
Your gift helps us fund and operate our two year-round mission centers. It also covers your team's:
*Lodging (gender based bunk rooms with bunks, mattresses and indoor hot showers)
*2 hot meals and 1 "sack lunch" daily
*Construction and ministry supplies
*Ministry staffing, worship team (BC campus), worship leader (Wheelwright Campus) pre-project planning, and more!
*BONUS: Teams that pay on-time AND register all team members 30 days before their trip receive a free $10 Big Creek store credit for each participant!
*BONUS: Save 10% by signing up for our FIRST or LAST weeks of ministry!!
What 's in it for your team?
*You'll experience great southern hospitality from our staff & community
*You'll experience spiritual growth as we focus on biblically based life-change
*Your participants will encounter real mission experiences in an area with great needs.
*You'll meet our experienced staff who know the heartbeat and needs of the community
*You'll be blessed by our staff who are dedicated to your team's growth
*Your team members will be challenged by any of our four areas of ministry (see below)
*You'll be a part of a year-round ministry that is committed to the communities we serve. We'll be here after you leave!
What does a typical day look like for my team?
(This is the general schedule for both campus locations - actual schedule may vary slightly)
6:45 am - Wake Up Call!
7:00 am - Breakfast! We offer a full cafeteria style hot breakfast.
7:00 am - Lunch packing time! Team members build their own lunch at our lunch stations and pack it in their team cooler
8:00 am - Morning Worship & Sendoff. We'll worship and dig into God's word to help focus for the day!
8:20 am - Adult meeting / Student team meetings. The directors meet with adults daily to go over the day's plans
8:50 am - Go serve! Your drivers and their teams will load your vehicles and head out to the work site for the day!
(lunch is eaten at the work site - lunchtime is different for each team)
4:30 pm (ish) - Return to Big Creek ... shower, nap, relax, go outside and play, whatever! (flex free time lasts till 7:30)
5:30 pm - Dinner! We offer a full cafeteria style dinner and salad bar every evening, except Wednesday (night out)
7:30 pm - Worship! We'll gather again for worship in the evening to end our day right!
8:30 pm - Church Group meeting times! This is where you and your team can gather and share about your day.
10:45 pm - SLEEP!
Your participants can choose 1 of 4 ministries
Your entire team doesn't have to serve together! Your team members choose their preferred areas of ministry. We will work with you to sub-divide your team into the 4 service areas.
Why do we seek mission teams in Southeast Kentucky?
Located in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky - an area with rich heritage, friendly people, and amazing scenery, Big Creek Missions has established itself as a bright light in a community filled with darkness. Drug use, poverty, hunger, hopelessness, and loneliness are running rampant in our area. In fact, this area has been declared among the hardest places to live in the United States. In the midst of these difficult circumstances, we seek mission teams to help alleviate some of the challenges of daily life: housing needs, hunger issues, and disciple-making.
Our area fights many of the stereotypes that plague small Appalachian towns. Outsiders may think of eastern Kentucky as toothless hillbillies, shoeless kids, and uneducated folks. That's simply not reality. Yes, we have problems, but we also have many bright, energetic residents, churches and community leaders trying to make a difference. Your group can a part of this effort to serve our people. You can build relationships with locals, serve families, evangelize the lost, and disciple young Christians. Your team will help nurture relationships our mission has built over the past 18 years!
Will anyone follow up after we leave?
Yes! We're a year round ministry. You can be confident we will continue to nurture the relationships that are built during your week of service. We know our people - and our people know us! We will strive to connect any new believers with a Gospel-centered church and meet needs through the year.
What are the two location choices?
Your team members can serve our people by offering basic home repairs! Utilizing the skills of your construction crew leaders and teams we will build relationships with families and make much needed repairs to their homes.
Our community team offers the most "variety" to our incoming teams. Teams enjoy a variety of ministry opportunities: Elderly care, home visits, food pantries, clothing ministry, summer feeding, lawn care, and more!
Your team will work with others to provide an interactive and exciting "VBS style" experience for our local children each day. These daily events are located at local pools, parks, churches, and community centers.
We're looking for a few mature students and group leaders for teen ministry. We'll offer daily activities and deeper disciple making with our local teens. This ministry is by invitation and group leader recommendation only. Agest 17+
Big Creek Mission Center
Location: 90 bullskin Road, Bear Branch KY
Capacity: 175 volunteers
Setting: More rural setting - travelling to adjacent towns
Worship: Typically a full band & Staff Teacher
Ministry differences: This location has more team members, is more structured, and provides more of a "camp" feeling through the week. (note: we're not a camp!)
Accessibility: This facility is fully accessible with private wheelchair friendly bathroom, and is all one level
Wheelwright Mission Center
Location: 1369 KY-306, Wheelwright, KY 41669
Capacity: 60 volunteers
Setting: More "in town" type setting, located in small town
Worship: worship leader+staff teacher
Ministry differences: Your team will have a much more "personalized" experience here in Wheelwright. Group sizes are smaller and local interaction is more personal
Accessibility: Contact us regarding accessibility. We will work with you to accommodate those with special needs
A message from the Founder & Director
Thank you for your interest in Big Creek Missions! After 18 years of service, we are still amazed at how the Lord continues to work through His church to meet needs in our area. Our website is very thorough and will answer almost all your questions. Our printable group planning guides are extremely thorough, as well! Feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions!
- Kevin Rogers, Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2022 Weeks of Service
Arrive Sunday 3-4 pm EST
Depart Saturday by 9 am, EST
May 29-June 4 *(Save 10%)
June 26-July 2
July 3-9 ** ( See Below )
July 31 - August 6 *(Save 10%)
$50 pp online deposits are requested to reserve your spaces for the summer
**July 3-9: Your team can help us with our July 4th community celebrations -
cookout, fireworks, and more! A shortened week may also be available (Tuesday - Saturday)
Contact us for Details
Need to shorten your week or leave early? Please contact us for details
1) Determine your approximate group size (estimate conservatively and realistically - don't overestimate!)
2) Click the red box below: You'll create an account, register your team & pay $50 deposits online via debit/credit card.
3) After your registration is confirmed, tell your participants to register online at www.bigcreekmissions.com/go
4) You can view your participant registrations & manage your group members at www.bigcreekmissions.com/go
5) Mail your final payments to: PO BOX 211, Bear Branch KY 41714 (no credit cards on final payments)
Before registering, we encourage you to read our planning guides: