For more than two decades, World Servants teams have been serving in several partner communities in West Virginia, located in the Appalachian mountains. Deep and abiding relationships have been established between the locals and our mission teams. Appalachia is a 200,000 square mile region including all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states from Ohio to Alabama.

Thirty-two percent of the population resides in rural counties. Industries that once produced good jobs are gone. The focus of World Servants is to bring a “hand up” and a message of hope. The needs can range from leaking roofs, homes needing insulation, and families struggling to provide the basic necessities, as the majority of the population lives below the poverty line.

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WHAT WE'RE DOING

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

Teams will come alongside the community members and improve living conditions, opening doors to share Jesus. You will learn about the Appalachian culture, which places a strong emphasis on family values, and work with them to help improve the community.

The majority of the mission week will be spent on home renovation projects. Most of the homes we encounter are in disrepair and will benefit from the work of loving hearts and hands. Projects can include installation of vinyl siding, windows and doors, roofing, constructing a wheel chair ramp, giving an elderly person easy access to their home, building a deck, painting, and general clean up around the property.

Team members will participate in several outreach events, which offer the opportunity to interact with the community and build relationships. Groups will spend time doing Kids’ Club (VBS), sports camp, visiting the elderly in the nursing home, or whatever the community leadership team decides.

TRIPS TO THIS COMMUNITY

04/17/2022 - 04/23/2022
$615
06/26/2022 - 07/02/2022
$615
07/10/2022 - 07/16/2022
$615
07/17/2022 - 07/23/2022
$615

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LOGISTICS

FOOD, LODGING, & TRAVEL

Participants are expected to provide transportation to and from the mission site, as well as travel between the housing site, work projects, outreach activities, and the day-off event.

Teams will be staying at local high schools or community centers, sleeping on floors, so twin size air mattresses or cots are needed. Locker Room showers and restroom facilities are available. Electricity and hot water are available. Meals are prepared by local cooks.

Your trip includes a day-off with several options available. There are both free and fee-based local activities, such as whitewater rafting, canoeing or time spent at a state park.

IS IT SAFE?

TRIP SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Trip safety is extremely important to World Servants and our host community. The community we are working and staying in is considered very safe and we do not anticipate any safety issues.

COVID-19 Safety Response

We are working diligently to address the directives of the communities we serve in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Obviously, there will be adjustments as World Servants is mainly a high touch relational organization and we will be restrained from many of our normal practices in serving together. To start we are having each person traveling with us complete a survey with questions concerning travel and illness related to COVID-19. Our plan during the trip is to make sure each person wears masks daily as we are serving in community and daily temperature checks will be administered. While social distancing will be a challenge, we will brainstorm ways we can focus on the task at hand while staying a safe distance from each other.

World Servants will also be working with our partner communities to determine when and how we can serve to protect them as well as our volunteers. Each community may look different in terms of how volunteers can serve that will make a difference.

We will continue to update all our stakeholders as governments, communities, and travel opens around the world.