Appalachia FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum and maximum group sizes?

The minimum group size is 10 people. However a smaller group size of 4-9 people is available at an additional cost per person. There’s no maximum size.

Are trips private?

Yes, your group will experience a private trip with your own trip leader(s) and ministry/service projects as well as your own group worship and debrief times.

What’s included in the trip price?

Ministry materials, lodging, food, and recreation. You will also have a trip consultant to set up the logistics prior to the trip, trip manuals to help your team to prepare, and excellent Thirst Missions leaders while your trip is underway. You will be responsible for your own transportation and bedding.

Do we need to bring our own tools?

We will have some basic hand tools and power tools in place. Since most teams are driving to this location, we expect teams to be able to bring some tools. These details will be worked out specifically with the trip consultant.  

What will we do?

Encourage and help people and communities affected by isolation and poverty through service projects and ministry opportunities. The service projects could include light construction such as home repair, landscaping, painting, and more. There are also many heavy construction needs that will involve skilled work and equipment such as debris removal, plumbing, electrical, masonry, and carpentry work.

Where will we stay?

Either in a bunkhouse or floor stay facility. Group members opting for the floor stay may need to bring their own air mattress/cot, sheets, and pillow. Showers and restrooms will be available on site. The lodging will be air conditioned!

What about transportation?

Each team will provide their own transportation and driver.

What if we want to donate more money or work on bigger projects?

Additional financial donations can be given and projects will be arranged to use those funds.

Where will we be serving?

You will primarily be serving and ministering to the people in the Southeastern Kentucky Appalachian counties that are most affected by rural poverty according to the Appalachian Regional Commission. (Harlan, Floyd, Letcher, Perry, Knott, & Pulaski Counties)

When do we arrive and depart?

For a six day trip, your check-in window is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on the Sunday of your arrival. All trips end on Friday at 10:00 am.

Will we have recreation time?

Each group will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains during a recreation activity.  Recreation is complimentary, however, there are upgrades available if you prefer.  What specific recreation will be included depends on the location where you’ll be staying and serving during your mission trip.  Your trip consultant will have more specific information for you during your trip planning process.

Who will the staff be for Thirst Missions?

Each trip will have a Thirst Missions trip leader, as well as project coordinators to help on site.

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