For over a century, Grace Covenant Ministries (formerly Jackson County Ministries) has been bringing new life to the Appalachian area. Although brimming with beauty and natural resources, Appalachia suffers some of the deepest poverty in the U.S. As a ministry committed to holistic community development, GCM works to bring God’s love and restoration through home construction and renovation, vacation Bible schools, trade stores, family enrichment, and more.
Come see the Lord’s movement in this gorgeous land as you and your team lay foundations, fix roofs, disciple children, and get to know the people of the town of Annville. Relax in the evenings as you paddle on the pond, cool off in the pool, and share stories around the campfire. Be a part of God’s story as you are blessed to experience this community through service and love.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. —Matthew 6:33, ESV
Volunteers of all ages are needed to help run the summer VBS program (contact for dates) and work on home rehabilitation and additions and new home construction. Home rehabilitation can include work on the foundation, porches, windows, roofs, siding, electrical issues, plumbing, flooring, etc. Other work, such as campus maintenance, will be assigned as necessary. There also may be youth and/or children’s activities in the evenings.
Small teams stay in a 6 bedroom guest house that sleeps 13 people. It has a full kitchen, two bathrooms a dinning room and two sitting areas. Groups larger than 13 stay in the Reflection Center with two cabins which sleep 28 each. Restrooms are located in the cabins, but there is a separate shower house nearby. The Reflection Center has a full kitchen that sits 75. Other facilities available include a pond with paddle boats, a fire pit, a pool, a gymnasium, and a weight room.
$225 per person, per week. A $100 deposit per group is required, with the balance payable on arrival. The cost includes 16 meals, housing, and materials for the week.
London-Corbin Airport (Magee Field)
Teams are encouraged to bring sun screen, hats, swimwear, towels, washcloths, work clothes, gloves, proper work footwear, fans, any sort of power tools, hammers, screwdrivers, wrecking bars, extension cords, tape measures, levels, chalk lines, fold-up sawhorses (make sure your name is on your tools), Bibles, study guides, worship materials, songbooks, musical instruments, recreational equipment, first aid kit, and medical release forms for each member of the group. Dress modestly and appropriately for work in the community.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Short-Term Mission
Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist
Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.