Learn more about Cherokee and opportunities to serve Sunday evening, February 9, when Scott and Ruth Hill, MTW Missionaries to Cherokee visit Knollwood.
WHY SHORT TERM MISSIONS? The purpose of the short-term mission program is to provide 1-2 week missions experiences for church groups in order to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, expand the kingdom of God, and cultivate the next generation of missionaries.
WHEN WOULD WE GO? We would leave on Saturday morning, July 26 and return on Saturday, August 2.
WHO CAN GO? Anyone who has a heart for missions! This trip is ideal for all ages - from families with small children to teenagers to adults. All are welcome; however, we have a limited number of spots so it will be first come, first serve.
WHERE WILL WE STAY? Mission to the World leases Goosecreek Campground from the Tribe. You will stay with your teammates in cabins scattered around the campground. At times, special arrangements can be made to house a family unit together; although, this can not be guaranteed.
WHAT WILL WE DO? Each team will be given a project, based on the make-up of the team and the need at the time. Projects range from construction to ministry projects such as Vacation Bible School or working with the elderly. More will be determined once we have an idea of who is going.
WHAT WILL OUR WEEK LOOK LIKE? After arriving and getting settled on Saturday, you will have dinner and some brief orientation before heading to bed. On Sunday, you will be assigned a church on the Reservation to worship with and then you will return to the Campground for lunch, more orientation, seeing your project site, etc. Monday, you will hit the ground running with your assigned project. Evenings will consist of ministry visits and/or worship services with the other teams serving alongside you that week. You will have one "free" afternoon/evening in which you can see the sites, explore the community and go out for dinner. Friday, you will wrap up your project and end the day with a time of reflection and sharing, hearing how the Lord has worked amongst your team and the others. Saturday morning you will load up and head home - hopefully, that much closer to your teammates and with a heart overflowing for the Lord and the people of Cherokee!
TELL ME MORE ABOUT CHEROKEE, NC. About ninety percent of the Great Smokies lie within the borders of western North Carolina and a small amount is in Tennessee, which is a geographic surprise to many. Bordered on the North by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the reservation today boasts of development uncommon on Indian lands throughout the United States. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy with about seventy-five percent of the tribe’s revenues derived from this industry. Nearly three hundred and fifty businesses hold “trader’s licenses” and collect a seven-percent tribal levy on sales.
The Cherokee living on the reservation are known as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and are descendants of the approximately one thousand Cherokees who hid in these mountains to avoid forced removal to Oklahoma on the infamous “Trail of Tears” during the late 1830s. Today approximately 12,000 Cherokee are enrolled members of the tribe. Their language, both spoken and written, is no longer in danger of becoming extinct as it was only a generation ago; visitors may hear it spoken at attractions such as the Oconaluftee Indian Village. It is a required subject in Cherokee schools and universities such as Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina have it as part of their curriculum.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS INVOLVED? The total cost is $465 if received by March 15 ($485 if received after that). This includes your lodging and food for the week with the exception of the mid-week dinner out and any meals while traveling to and fro. There are significant discounts available for couples and families, please see Harris for more details. Once a team has been formed, they can discuss options for raising funds whether it be via support letters or fundraising projects.
155 Knollwood Lane, Sylacauga, Alabama 35151 (256) 249-2648 Service times: Sunday School 9:45 am | Morning Worship 10:55 am | Evening Worship 6:00 pm Various Community Groups meet throughout the week.