Summer is in full swing with 6 SMRM Summer missionaries serving in Gatlinburg, pigeon forge, and Sevierville. Ministry activities include day camps in local campgrounds, craft booths at theme parks, dinners for international students, and Sunday services in 12 locations. Check out our Facebook page for updates on summer Ministries
AdriAnna was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska. With several years of experience volunteering and working with young children, AdriAnna decided to continue her education and get an Elementary Education degree at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is excited to experience the new climate of Tennessee, to experience what it’s like to have it be dark in the summer, and to sharing the love of God through whatever doors He opens.
Katie is from Birmingham, Alabama. She currently attends Auburn University and is studying English. Katie has volunteered with Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries in the past and cannot wait to spend an entire summer as a part of the SMRM team. She looks forward to meeting and connecting with new people and working with a team to spread the gospel.
Kwangeun began to be interested in mission work in Cambodia last year. A native of Seoul, Kwangeun is studying social work at Korean Baptist University. Kwangeun says ‘I feel rewarded for being helpful, I agree God think so. Sometimes he writes something about experiencing special. So maybe he’ll write some poems during this summer. He said there is lots of things that he is looking forward but the one thing he can’t wait is seeing how God use himself.
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.
Alex says, “I am looking forward to meeting new and different kinds of people and growing in my faith.”
Kaitlyn is a preacher’s kid who has grown up with a love for ministry. Kaitlyn has experienced an array of cultures and people that has led her to live an adaptable and colorful life. With being a recent graduate from Arkansas State University, and living close to family, she is constantly entertained by her twin brother and fiery red- headed sister; and loves cloudy days, the Pittsburgh Penguins, kayaking, and the flow of coffee through her veins. With this being a new experience for her, Kaitlyn said, “I can’t wait to see what fruit will abound or be planted with this experience that God has called all of us, and the people there, to share together.”
Jihye is one of our Korean students for the summer. She is very excited to be serving with SMRM this summer. She has been a Christian since she accepted Christ at church camp when she was in middle school. She says Christ’s love has changed her life, and she can’t wait to share that with others. Wisdom attends Korea Baptist Theological Seminary studying Early Childhood Education.
Madeline is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina and has worked with SMRM handling communications. Originally from Greenville, SC, Madeline found her way to the Smokies and loves hiking, tubing, and backpacking all over the mountains. She is serving as Leconte’s chaplain this summer.