For the third year in a row, RPC is partnering with a local organization in Kentucky, Meridzo Center Ministries, that not only distributes meals from Feed the Hunger to local residents in need but supports the community in many additional ways in the Appalachia area.
Meridzo Center Ministries has dedicated their ministry to reviving a town that was physically and spiritually dying breathing life back into the lives of so many by sharing the hope that is found in Jesus Christ.
They watch for where God is at work… and then they join Him there!
We will be involved in a variety of mission projects throughout the community that support the work of the missionaries that are actively caring for their community through a variety of ministries. Some of the work opportunities we will have:
• Feed the Hunger Food Distribution
• Heavy or Light Construction/Painting/Plumbing
Sunday, March 10 • Arrive in KY
no later than 5:00p
Friday, March 15 • Depart KY
Solomon’s Porch Retreat Center
202 Church Street, Lynch, KY 40855
Solomon’s Porch is the former Hospital for Lynch, Kentucky. It has been converted and is now used to house ministry teams, youth groups, reunions and hold mission planning meetings. Because this facility is a former hospital, not all rooms have private bathrooms. We do our best to provide every family with a private bathroom; however, this is not guaranteed. There is a “men’s only” and a “women’s only” bathroom facility with several showers and toilets for us to use.
$200 per person includes lodging and most of your meals.*
*NOT included in this cost: two dinners during the week, meals traveling to and from Lynch, your family’s travel expenses, add-ons such as a trip to the coal mining museum.
Your travel cost will depend on whether you want to fly or drive.
For those driving:
Drive time from Flower Mound is approximately 15 hours.
For those flying:
Drive time from the airport in Knoxville, TN is approximately 2 ½ hours.
Drive time from the airport in Lexington, KY is approximately 3 hours.
It is imperative that you arrive in Lynch by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday night, March 11. This will give you time to drive through the mountains during the daylight hours. Upon arriving, we will unpack, eat dinner together, and have a large group meeting/worship service designed to prepare us for the week.
BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP
There are opportunities to drive toward Lynch a couple of days earlier and do some fun things in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area (snow skiing may still be available at that time), as well as driving up to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY.
The dress is extremely casual – jeans, heavy coat/gloves in case of snow, sweatshirts, work clothes, work gloves, boots or comfortable work shoes. There will be no need to dress up!
We encourage you to bring snacks your family might enjoy throughout the week. There are limited resources available to purchase those items once in Lynch. There is a Family Dollar and Rite-Aid nearby that is easily accessible.
Bring games that your family enjoys! In the evening after our meal and time of worship, there are rooms to gather for fellowship and fun.
Every adult desiring to attend this trip must complete an application. Only one adult needs to include additional family members attending on their application.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A MISSION TRIP WITH RPC, a full Mission Trip Application must be completed and approved PRIOR to making travel arrangements. Once you have submitted the application, we will be in contact with you within 48 business hours Monday-Friday.
If you have been on a mission trip with RPC prior to this trip, please complete the abbreviated Mission Trip Application below.
Due to our lodging accommodations, this trip will have a participation cap of 48 individuals. Applicants will be listed in the order in which applications are received.
Once your application has been received and approved, please complete the following forms and return them either via email or to the RPC office in an envelope marked MISSIONS.
Contact Randy if you have any questions