Those who know me well know that one of the things nearest and dearest to my heart has always been missions. I have always wanted to serve on a missions trip but never have had that opportunity and never thought I would until my children were adults at least. My husband has actually served on three missions trips all to the country of Mexico. He remembers each of those trips so fondly staying in their homes, running a VBS program for the children and helping construct church buildings. One trip he was super spoiled and had running water but in previous trips he had outside cold water bucket showers. Being able to serve others in need made a life long impact on him and he has always been open to serving on future missions trips if God permitted.
We have been presented with an amazing opportunity to serve a Cherokee tribe this July in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina for a week as a family! Our local church is organizing a small group to spend a week ministering to these people in helping with various service projects and hosting a VBS for 75-100 children. The missions organization is called Mission To The World (MTW) and here are two little paragraphs about who and what it is all about.
The Great Smoky Mountains in NC is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. MTW Missionaries Scott and Ruth Hill, along with their children, Jonathan and Katie, live in and serve the Cherokee community and are assisted by the work of short-term teams. A “family friendly” mission where all ages are welcome, it is an excellent place for a first time missions experience. Teams are encouraged to return several years in succession in order to build and deepen their relationship and witness to the Cherokee people.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee are the remnant of those left behind when their families and friends were removed to Oklahoma in 1838 on the tragic “Trail of Tears”. From that remnant of 1000, there are now over 14,000 enrolled in the Eastern Band with over 12,000 living on the 60,000 beautiful acres of reservation.
There are two reasons why this missions opportunity is so exciting. First of all, this is a family friendly missions opportunity. This means our children can serve right alongside us! I cannot think of a better way to spend a week as a family than being His hands and feet to others. Second, this opportunity is so exciting because my husband’s grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee. While he is only 1/8th Cherokee, he very much considers the Cherokee Indians part of his ancestors and this would just be a wonderful way to get to know their history, their culture and just love them in action.
The cost for our family to do this would be $1600 and that would include all our lodging (in cabins) and meals while we are there serving. Financially this seems impossible on our income but we know that with God, ALL things are possible. We also know that we have incredible family and friends who will pray for us that God will provide the funds needed. So would you please join with us in prayer for this?
Finally, if you are able to give financially to this opportunity would you consider doing so? And perhaps consider also sharing with your friends to help spread the word? If you would like to give something to our missions trip please contact me via commenting on this blog or you can also private message me or my husband on FB (Bekah Gavin Brown or Andrew Brown). No amount is too small. We are trusting Him fully to multiply any donations like He did the loaves and the fishes. Thank you for your support!
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor