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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.
EAST KENTUCKY MISSIONS: SHAPING HEARTS AND LIVES
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 / mattresses / 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!
What 's in it for your team?
*You'll experience great southern hospitality from our staff & community
*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 experience spiritual growth as we focus on biblical life-change than emotionalism and spiritual manipulation
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 need 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.
Our area also 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: 75 volunteers
Setting: More "in town" type setting, located in small town
Worship: worship leader+speaker
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 email@example.com
Summer 2022 Weeks of Service
Arrive Sunday 3-4 pm EST
Depart Saturday by 9 am, EST
May 29-June 4
June 26-July 2
July 31 - August 6
$50 pp online deposits are requested to reserve your spaces for the summer
Need to shorten your week or leave early? Please contact us for details
Frequently asked questions
What ages & types of group are welcome at Big Creek?
We welcome ALL age groups and group types!
Families are welcome! You would simply register as a "group" - even though you're family.
If you have students who can't pay attention, won't work, are divisive, or apathetic, they may not be ready to serve here.
What is the typical daily schedule while at Big Creek?
When you arrive Sunday between 3-4 pm EST, you'll be greeted by an eager and enthusiastic staff. They will lead you through a brief tour of the campus and and prepare you for the events of the week. Don't be late - you want to start your week prepared! (We are on Eastern time!)
6:45 am: Wakeup Call
8:00 am: Morning Worship
9am-4pm: Serving in the community!
5:45 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Worship
10:45 pm: Lights Out!
This basic schedule summarizes the day. Check out our Group Planning Guide for a detailed version of our schedule.
What are the accomodations like?
We have two campuses that are very different!
Bunkrooms 6-9: Girls (sleep 18 each)
Bunkroom 10: Girls (sleeps 36)
-3 level Bunkbeds
-Ample carpeted floor space for meetings in each room
Our new shower rooms were opened in June, 2017 and have:
- 20 showers, 10 toilets, and 16 sinks
- Lockable doors to all showers and toilets
- plenty of sinks
Can my participants change ministry choices midweek?
We prefer individuals stick with their ministry choice for the entire week so you are able to build relationships with the people you serve.
What type ministries are available for my group?
Your participants will choose one of four ministries for the week. Each individual chooses their own ministry. As group leader, you'll be able to monitor their choices and "assign" them to work together.
Example: if you bring 20 participants, 5 choose construction, 5 choose community, and 10 choose children's ministry: It's likely that the 5 construction will serve together, 5 community will serve together, an 10 children's will serve together. We strive to always have an adult representative from your church on each of your teams.
Will my group all serve together? Will they be split up?
As the group leader, you will have a lot of control over your group's assignments.
We do encourage you to work with others, partner with other churches, and get to know others. Sometimes, keeping your entire group together can cause you to lose positive interactions which can help grow your team!
**Even though it may seem that your group is “divided” through the week, they will have ample time throughout the week (both during the day AND during the evening church group share time) to share their unique experiences from varying viewpoints and build unity within the group.
**If your group is together, they all see one thing. If your group is divided, you’ll hear stories about up to 16 different ministries going on in our community!
**Allowing students to pick their own ministry gives students an opportunity to LEAD in a different group, where they may never be given that opportunity within their own group because of past mistakes or social standing.
**Splitting your group them to shed the social cliques and stereotypes that may exist within their own church group. We’ve seen VERY positive results from this model!
What do we need to plan in advance of our trip?
We hope you'll come armed with some creative ideas for ministry! Even though we're planning the basic details, we need your team to do some work before arriving!
If they can't (or won't) work, or if they won't pay attention to your instructions, maybe they should consider attending NEXT year!
How many chaperones do I need to bring?
How many chaperones are required?
If you bring a middle school group, we recommend a 1:3 (adult/student)ratio
If you bring a pre-teen group, we recommend a 1:2 (adult/student) ratio
Many churches open up this trip to just one age group. We hope you'll consider opening this trip up to anyone in your church with a passion to serve! Please strive to locate talented and passionate adults who can help us lead construction and children's ministries! This is YOUR mission trip - and the quality of leaders that you bring will only enhance the experience. This is not just a student mission trip. All age groups are welcome to join us. Bring everyone!
What are the worship services and devotions like?
Our worship services (both morning and evening) are well-planned, Christ-Centered, and Biblically based.
Do the participants I bring need to be Christians?
We certainly hope that most of your team members have professed faith in Jesus.
Can we bring extra donations? What kind?
YES! Your donations are appreciated. Here are two ways you can donate:
2). You can also read about our “wishlist” at:
What kind of vehicles are best for this mission trip?
Bring vehicles your leaders are COMFORTABLE driving. If a person has never driven a 15 passenger van, it's not advisable to send them with a van full of passengers on the back roads of Eastern Kentucky!!
*Trucks are GREAT for construction!
What are all the registration steps?
1. Check our availability and register at www.bigcreekmissions.com/register
I have questions! Who do I talk to?
We are available to answer your questions! the BEST way to contact us is by email OR the chat function on the webpage. Because of limited cell service and sketchy phones, we recommend emails for fastest response!
What happens if i register too many people?
Because of our low prices, cancellations hurt us a lot. This is our only funding for the year! We ask our team leaders to only register those people who have provided you a deposit payment! Please don't over-estimate. Maintain a waiting list so that if someone cancels, you can simply fill their spot with a backup. IF someone cancels last minute, we ask you to consider their full trip payment a donation to the mission. This helps us keep our costs as low as possible to our teams, and allows us to pay our summer staff, purchase supplies, and follow through with commitments made to our community!
2) REGISTER REASONABLY! Be careful not to overestimate!! We almost ALWAYS have a few spaces available as we get closer to each week. You can add spaces through our registration system as long as spaces are available during your week.
3) IF PARTICIPANTS BACK OUT, please decrease your group numbers as soon as possible. IF we are able to fill those spots, we may be able to refund the overpayments. If we are not able to fill those spots, we cannot refund overpayments.
Financial details, deadlines, & more money questions!
Your payment covers almost everything except transportation!
--*$10 gift card to our mission store for each participant (must meet 3 qualifications) **1) if all team members register online 30 days prior to the trip 2) if all group payments are on time (30 days prior to trip) 3) group pays full amount for spaces reserved / no cancellations
Are your facilities accessible and wheelchair friendly?
Our Big Creek Facility is fully accessible and has NO steps. Our entire facility is one level.
Covid 19 Updates & Changes
The Covid 19 pandemic continues to evolve and remains unpredictable. We are doing our best to serve our community and teams in the midst of the confusion. Here are some of the changes you may expect due to Covid19:
Printable planning guides and brochures
Well yes we do! We keep our costs down by letting you print these as needed.
View past news stories & testimonials!
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: