December Mission Focus – Red Bird Mission
Red Bird Mission, guided by Jesus Christ, empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing spiritual, educational, health, and community outreach ministries in southeastern Kentucky. The need is great in this isolated, rural area where chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and rugged terrain create obstacles to a fuller life. Red Bird Mission strives to meet the needs of their neighbors through ministry in five areas: Education, Health & Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity and Community Housing Improvement.
The students, staff and families of Red Bird Christian School are meeting the challenges presented by the pandemic, laboring through hardships to complete academic requirements. Grants and gifts have been helping provide the technology to deliver online instruction and get equipment and access to each home. Delays in delivery of computer hardware have been a challenge but the students are progressing. They uncover new needs every day and financial support is needed now more than ever.
St. Marks’ Tree of Lights
Honor someone special with a gift to Red Bird Mission, in St. Marks’ Tree of Lights campaign! Honorees will receive a card acknowledging your gift and all donations will be given to Red Bird Mission in southeastern Kentucky, a distressed region of Appalachia. Visit stmarkscarmel.org/lights to complete the form online, with a minimum donation of $5.00 per card. All money collected is given directly to Red Bird Mission and helps them continue vital ministries in this distressed region of Appalachia.
Red Bird Mission Trip 2021 – Date TBD
Have you been thinking about serving on a mission trip without leaving the country? Interested in working on a mission project in an atmosphere where participants grow spiritually and gain a personal understanding of mission? Red Bird Mission Work Camp, in the Appalachian Mountains, is just what you’ve been looking for!
This is a year-round work opportunity for volunteers in mission and service-minded groups. Work Camp strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds.
Planning for a mission trip in 2021 is pending the current pandemic, but hopeful for Fall of 2021. More info to come. Meanwhile, contact Stephanie Cohen with any questions at [email protected]
Here are ways to support specific needs at Red Bird:
- $30 provides funds for a family to access the Food Pantry
- $35 educates a student for one day at Red Bird Christian School
- $50 provides funds for community health nurse visits to shut-in
- $90 feeds an isolated elderly person for one month
- $85 partners with a family to pay for a month of Christian preschool
- $120 pays balance of costs at Red Bird Dental Clinic for patient below the poverty line
You can also download a form with alternate giving information.