In the charming rural town of Noxen, you’ll find scenic fields and warm, open hearts. The close of the local tannery brought the close of many shops and businesses in the town, which was once a prosperous community. However, the United Methodist Community Development Corporation of Noxen and Kunkle is passionate about its ministry to the Noxen area. It lovingly provides resources for people in the form of a public library, food pantry, clothes closet, and summer day camps.
When you spend a week with your team in Noxen, you will be immersed in a community that loves to serve as you help repair damage to homes and disciple youth for the Lord. In Noxen, God’s love will come alive as you serve and commune with the people of this gracious town.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. —Luke 4:18-19
Volunteers of all ages are welcomed. (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent.) Volunteers build handicap ramps, paint houses and fencing, install vinyl siding, repair roofs, do yard work, etc. They help host a day camp for one week in the summer.
Teams stay in the church building (on gender-specific floors) or in tents in temperate weather. (A large grassy area is great for tents and has plenty of room to play touch football.) Showers are available at Misericordia University (nine miles away), which also offers Olympic pool facilities.
Food: The church’s kitchen facilities are available for groups to make their own meals.
$150 per person, per week covers lodging and materials.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (45 minutes away)
Bring shorts or jeans, casual clothes, sneakers, bedding, towels, and cots or air mattresses. Leaders bring their own devotional materials.
Paddle down the beautiful Susquehanna River, bask in the pine grove, and tell stories around the campfire. Thirteen canoes with life preservers and paddles are available at no cost to groups. Bowman Creek runs next to the church and has a great swimming hole; the water runs crystal clear and icy cold, even in the summer.
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.