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Appalachian Coalfields

2023 Appalachian projects are now ready! Click here to see a current list of opportunities. And, check back from time to time, as we will be adding new projects as they come in! 

Baptists on Mission (BOM) has developed the Appalachian Coalfields Ministry in order to minister both physically and spiritually to people in some of the poorest areas of our nation. Teams serve in the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Projects include week-long service in children's ministry, sports clinics, music, and construction, to name a few. Mission opportunities may also include the collection, delivery, and distribution of items such as food, school supplies, clothing, etc., which can be done in the course of a few days or over a weekend.

Click Here to check out these opportunites to serve as a Medical Volunteer for a week of Summer Camp -or- to bring a Cook Team to serve a week of summer camp - all in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!

2022 APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS OUTREACH. Click here to see information about how you and your church can play a part in this statewide effort to provide 19,000 backpacks full of needed items to Appalachian children in November and December of 2022! This ministry has reached thousands of Appalachian children and their families over the years with the Gospel of Christ! 

2023 REQUESTS are in, and awaiting your response! More may be added, so be sure to check back!  
Start by clicking here to see a printable .PDF of 2023 projects. Once you have looked it over, contact Mark Abernathy ( ; 919-459-5607) to discuss the opportunities and/or secure a mission project. You will be put in direct contact with a requestor in the Appalachian area to ask any and all questions. If both you and requestor feel it is a good match, go ahead and set a date for your team's service. Then you will be directed to secure the project (from the list below) on behalf of your team by registering as the team leader. Remember to check back from time to time as new projects are added periodically throughout the year.


Dewey and Kathie Aiken are Baptists on Mission On-Site Coordinators for the Appalachian Coalfields Ministry. The Aikens combine a deep passion for showing the love of Christ to others with a clear understanding of the needs of mission teams. We are delighted to work with Dewey and Kathie in this. Please keep the Aikens in your prayers.

The Appalachian region offers North Carolina Baptists an opportunity to serve Christ in one of the poorest areas of our nation. We will need teams to serve in 2023 throughout the area. You and your church can make a big difference in this Partnership area!

For More Information

For more information, or to secure a project for your mission team, check out the current projects list:

2023 Appalachian Partnership Request List

Then contact:

Mark Abernathy
Baptists on Mission (BOM)

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  Appalachian Coalfields Opportunities  
AC23-017 Pineville, KY

1/1/2023 9:00:00 AM

National ProjectsUnited States MissionsAppalachian CoalfieldsConstruction Projects
AC23-018 Elizabethton, TN

6/1/2023 9:00:00 AM

National ProjectsUnited States MissionsAppalachian CoalfieldsOutreachEvangelism OutreachBackyard Bible Club
AC23-019 Jenkins, KY

1/1/2023 9:00:00 AM

National ProjectsUnited States MissionsAppalachian CoalfieldsConstruction Projects
AC23-020 Knoxville, TN

1/1/2023 9:00:00 AM

National ProjectsUnited States MissionsAppalachian CoalfieldsVacation Bible SchoolSports ProjectsOutreach
AC23-021 Maryville, TN

7/1/2023 9:00:00 AM

National ProjectsUnited States MissionsAppalachian CoalfieldsOutreachChildren's ProjectsConstruction Projects
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