About Mission of Hope
The Mission of Hope was born in response to a local television station broadcast, WBIR's "Hunger for Hope". During this broadcast, TV news anchor Bill Williams informed us of the destitution and poverty in rural Appalachia by showing us real life examples of children and families who suffer from physical hunger in the mountains, hills and hollows of southeastern Kentucky.
In 1996 through 2002 the Mission of Hope has ministered to the people of various counties in Kentucky and Tennessee from which 80% of the regions residents no longer have jobs in the coal mining industry. In 2002 through the generosity of so many people, the Mission of Hope was able to help over 10,000 children and their families with food, clothes, toys and hygiene items.
Our Christmas campaign will continue to help folks in the areas of Kentucky and Tennessee.
The men and women of Appalachia are a proud people with a long heritage of self reliance and independence. They have been blessed with the natural beauty of the mountains as their home for many generations. Unfortunately, many families in Appalachia have lost hope for a successful future because they only see the results of poverty, broken families, loss of jobs, and depleted coal mining economies. There are many places around the world that could use your help, but this is where you have an opportunity to make a difference in your back yard, Appalachia.
In the words of Bill Williams, "they are caught in the pockets of poverty". As a result, they have lost hope for the future. However, by sharing God's love for them, the Mission of Hope can help restore hope for many.
Christ Covenant has been partnered with Black Mountain Elementary School in Harlan County, Kentucky for many years. It is our privilege to serve the students and families in this rural Appalachian area by donating toys, hygiene items, and clothing. Through our special opportunities for service, our members and friends travel to the school and interact personally with the children and their families. In August we gather backpacks and school supplies to deliver to the children, and in December we collect new clothing through our Gift Tree tags for the children at Black Mountain Elementary.
CLOTHING TREES AND CHRISTMAS GIFT DELIVERY
Each Christmas we have Mission of Hope Christmas gift trees in the front lobby. The clothing purchased are for the children of Black Mountain Elementary School in Harlan County, KY. 30% of the enrollment - over 100 children - will receive a new coat, hat, mittens, shirt, pants, underwear, socks and shoes with YOUR HELP! This year, the gift tags are available from November 5-26th. Clothing is to be brought to the church by December 3rd for delivery on December 8th. For details, click here.
BACKPACK DELIVERY 2017
Thank you to all who helped with our backpack delivery and teacher supply collection for Black Mountain Elementary in Harlan County, Kentucky!
HOPE ACADEMY 2017
Thank you to all who participated in this family-oriented mission trip to Harlan County, Kentucky, doing work projects, teaching life skills to parents, and encouraging enrichment experiences for the children
To learn more about Mission of Hope, click here.