Mentor Wisdom

Mentors have the ability to speak into your life with powerful and accurate words. Friends are often the God-given voice that you need to hear. These quotes are from mentors and friends. These quotes shaped much of my ministry. These mentors and friends blessed me in the core of my being.

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And God Laughed in 5 Languages

Much of the work of Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries is to reveal the presence of God in peoples’ lives and in the ordinary and surprising moments of life. These wonderful photos by Mills Fitzner shows the holy work of laughter in our lives.

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June Fireflies

It begins just after dark. A few rise from low in the undergrowth. And blink their lights slowly as if testing the night; the air; the wind; the darkness. On their signal, others rise and join them. They too do a flight check and a light check. Soon more come out and signal their presence. Their signals –their blinks—are signs to us who wait and watch to still our conversations and to open our eyes to the darkness and to the light. Thus, the synchronized fireflies

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May Update

May is “Get Ready” Month! Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries is actively preparing for the summer ministries. Memorial Day weekend will expand our campground ministries with worship in nine locations led by a team from First Baptist Church of Lebanon, TN. This team has come for over 20 years on that weekend! Our summer staff also arrives on Memorial Day weekend and we are preparing the dorm for their arrival now with teams who come to clean and repair for us. Veronica Bolocan is booking churches to host the Monday night “International Dinners” at Mill Creek

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The Beauty of Easter

This morning began in the dark with a 5:00 a.m. Donut Devotional for employees of Ober Gatlinburg who were setting up for our Gatlinburg Sunrise Worship Service.
At 6:30 we had 800 beautiful people worshipping the Risen Christ and a beautiful sunrise.
The Beauty continued with Mary Bragg leading music —you need to know this wonderful singer/songwriter!
The Beauty of the congregants was matched by four ministers from Gatlinburg sharing in worship.

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Winter 2014 – 2015 Report

Ministry Summary

Sunday morning devotional greetings
12 Sundays of greeting all employees beginning at 7:00 a.m. with donuts from the Donut Friar, fruit, and breakfast cereal bars and a printed devotional they can take to read later. One employee said “this is the highlight of my weekend …knowing someone will bring me a donut and love.” Another employee takes the devotional home to share with her family. Still

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Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries is a Christian ministry that functions as an independent non-profit ministry. Its purpose is to reveal the presence of God to those who live, work, and play in the resort settings of Sevier County, Tennessee.

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Our Ministries

Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries is responsible for resort ministry work in Sevier County with the four main areas of attractions being the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

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Join Us

Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries is a community of missional people. We use local volunteers and local church groups. We bring in short term and long term volunteers throughout the year.

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Only in America can I get a Bible in my language

One of our first connections with the international employees as we meet them is to provide them with a Bible in their language and, usually, one in English. As Bill Black gave one to Jeremy, a friend from the Czech Republic, he responded with tears in his eyes and said, “Only in America can I… more

Three Lives

On a winter weekend, Sean skied up to me and re-introduced himself. I (Bill) had not seen him in twenty years when he and his family used to ski in Gatlinburg and attend our ski services. He told me of the impact those services and my witness had on his life as a 13 year old boy and how he became a Christian. He also told me he was able to lead his father… more

The Pick Pocket

The crowd was about 200 people and he saw it as an opportunity to ply his trade –that of a pickpocket. He tried twice to steal the wallet of one of the adults from the mission group but was unsuccessful. He stayed to look for more opportunities and began to listen to the message and the energy of the group as they sang. Their final song was entitled “The Plan” and made a more

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