SNEEDVILLE MISSION TRIP
Each summer, a mission team of youth and adults travel to Sneedville, TN, a small town in Hancock County, to serve throughout the community. Hancock County is one of the most financially disadvantage counties in the U.S. Throughout the week the mission team centers on God, seeking to be in partnership in God’s mission. Devotion, praise and worship are an important element of each day. The team serves in the community in four areas of ministry – construction; a Vacation Bible School program; a nursing home ministry; and a women’s program. The team works closely with Jubilee Project, a United Methodist ministry.
At Christmas, gifts are collected for children and adults in need in the community and transported for personal delivery by some of those who want to remain connected with the community throughout the year. This is a very special opportunity to bring the spirit of Christ to many children and adult nursing home residents who normally go without many of the things taken for granted in our society. The gift requests are for basic necessities such as cloths and shoes but many participants contribute with extravagant generosity.
2022 Sneedville Trip Information
We were very excited to be able to go to Sneedville this summer, although it was with some restrictions due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
This was the 29th year that our church has been going to Sneedville. The owner of Camp Jubilee where we have been so fortunate to stay all this time has suffered a stroke. As we pray for his recovery, he has not been able to use his right side and therefore, the camp was in need of our assistance. Our Construction Team was stationed at the camp this summer to help with repairs and cleanup of the camp. This also helped us limit community COVID exposure.
Members of our team visited the Hancock Manor Nursing Home in December, where we were able to deliver gifts to each of the residents along with sharing a meal with them. We continued our relationship with the Nursing Home this summer asone of our ministry areas. The nursing home residents and staff are 98% vaccinated.
Our Ladies Group has a strong relationship with us. We met with the ladies this summer during the week.
Backyard Bible (vacation Bible camp for children) is one area of ministry that those on the trip along with the children in the community find so very rewarding. The Health Department in Sneedville asked us not to have Backyard Bible this summer due to health and safety issues for all of those involved. We put together boxes of activities, games and hygiene items that were delivered to their homes when we were there. There will also be an online component during the week for those children who have internet access.
CLICK HERE for a recap of the 2022 trip and photos.
For 2023, we expect to be in full swing again with our mission trip to Sneedville. Look for opportunities to sign up around the end of 2022.
For questions, contact Jill Lee.