Summer update

Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Summer update

It’s summer time in our mountains.

Tourists have returned to our Great Smoky Mountains from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful setting that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge provide. Folks flock to campgrounds, wanting to find peace, relaxation and to be rejouvinated.

Most never expect to encounter their Creator. Yet because of a day camp, a worship service, or even a sand art cross, those who come to find themselves, end up finding the one died for them.

Moments like these are happening every day. Our summer missionaries are meeting people from all over the world, and have the opportunity to build relationships with them, and share Christ’s love. Our staff is giving God their all, and God is guiding their ministry every step of the way.

Big things are happening here, and they are getting bigger. We provide worship services to 8 campgrounds per week. We host 20 day camps per week. We feed 120 international students on Monday nights. We give away 200 sand art crosses per week to visitors at theme parks. We are active in community events, taking international students on hikes in the park, all while intensely studying the Word to grow in community and faith together.

And that was just June.

Things are big and getting bigger. Our staff is regularly requested to come and serve in a new campground, to work with new groups of international students, and to meet needs of those in our community. Our summer ministry is going well, and we want for you to be a part of it.

We want for you to join with us.

 

Join with us first through your prayers.

Listed below are our summer missionaries. Keep them in prayer as the go about each day, serving in day camps, working in theme parks, and with international students.

A Lim Jang
A Lim is originally from South Korea, and she studies history at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. I’m her free time, you can catch her reading or taking long walks.

 

 

Alex Richardson
Alex is from Helena, Alabama, and attends Jacksonville State University. Alex studies Psychology, and in his free time enjoys playing video games and attending BCM at his college.

 

 

Aranda Tate
Aranda is from Tennessee, and attends the University of Tennessee at Martin. She studies marketing with a specialty in social media marketing, but music is her true passion (aside from the Lord).

 

 

Madeline C. Mulkey
This is Madeline’s second year on staff, and she is serving as the Team Leader. She is working towards major Public Relations and a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is originally from Greenville, SC.

 

 

Sarah Buckley
Sarah is from Martin, Tennessee, and attends University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in Social Work. She is involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM).

 

 

YeYoung Park
Yeyoung is from Seoul, Korea, and attends Seoul Christian University where she studies Christian Theology. She plays the guitar and sings, and loves leading worship.

 

 

 

Join with us through your gifts.

The needs of those around us are great, and it takes support from our friends and neighbors to allow for God’s work to happen in our mountains. Our greatest need now is our annual budget. We must meet this in order to keep our ministry viable and vital for years to come, and we need your help to do so.
Ways you can help us meet that goal are:

1. Provide worship materials for a Sunday of services – $50
2. Purchase a week of gas for the van – $100
3. Sponsor day camp for a week – $150
4. Sponsor a week of groceries for the summer staff – $250
5. Feed 120 international students at our Monday night dinner – $500

Visit our Giving page for details on how to partner with SMRM.

 

Join with us online.

Follow us on Facebook, share our stories, and spread the word about the amazing things happening in the Great Smoky Mountains.

As the tourists come into our mountains, we welcome them with the love of Christ with open arms. God is placing needs in our path and calling us to say “yes” to the call. We are prepared. We are listening. We are serving.

Thanks be to God.

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