Although this area is known well for its vast natural beauty, it also carries with it a striking amount of poverty. Not often do we think of America as being a poor nation, but some areas such as this are in great need both physically and spiritually.

In Artemus, KY, we serve alongside Artemus Christian Church in various outreach events around the area. We’ve helped in food pantries, hosted a community movie night, and in December we host an event called, Christmas for Kids. This is a program similar to Angel Tree in that we partner with social workers, individuals, churches, and schools to help provide Christmas presents and other household needs for families in the area. We do this event at all of our Appalachian locations.

Still Waters Youth Ranch

Barbourville, KY

Still Waters Youth Ranch is located just outside of Barbourville, Ky. Steve Smith is the Executive Director. He manages the farm as well as the facility’s day-to-day operations. Steve was an attorney for many years. However, after seeing the devastating effects of the drug epidemic in Eastern, Ky on the innocent children involved, God placed it on his heart to get involved. When completed, the ranch will serve as an alternative housing placement for children whom the drug epidemic has orphaned.
One house has been constructed already. It has space for up to eight children as well as a host family. Each family will have the opportunity to garden, farm, and “…experience a life more closely connected to each other and the environment.”

In Campton, Ky, we serve alongside Bethany Christian Mission. Established in 1926 as Bethany Orphanage, Bethany Christian Mission is a non-denominational mission organization with a primary focus on Christian Education. Bethany has been serving the needs of Wolfe County and beyond for many years; always relying on God to meet all of their needs. During a trip to Bethany, you will have the opportunity to both stay on the campus and help serve some of its physical needs.

White Mountain Apache Reservation

Show Low, AZ

Matt and Karen McLean have been married for over 30 years and are originally from southern Indiana. They have been full-time missionaries to the people of the White Mountain Indian reservation since 2010. Their mission is called Without Reservation Ministries. Matt and Karen live about 45 minutes from the reservation. This proximity allows them to be close enough to minister to those on the reservation while also being removed enough for them to provide a retreat for more prolonged care or rehabilitation. They are in the process of adding additional housing to their property in order to provide a safe place for whoever may need time away from the reservation. Currently, Without Reservation Ministries works alongside the people of the White Mountains to bring hope and second chances to the lost and hurting and those that are in need to be shown Christ’s love.

We usually take 1-2 trips a year to this area. The team(s) work alongside, Matt and Karen McLean and the people of White Mountain Apache Christian Church with both physical and spiritual projects throughout the week.

What does a week with CE look like?

A “typical” mission week with Commission Encounter will consist of meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of the community we are serving. We will usually have some sort of work project like repairs to a building, cleaning for the elderly, serving in the local food pantry, etc. However, we will also have an outreach event as well such as; a Vacation Bible School, a revival, a block party, evangelism outreach, etc.

What should you bring? Go to our Packing page to see our recommended list.

What should you bring? Go to our Packing page to see our recommended list.