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Mennonite CentraL Committee Appalachia SWAP, Whitesburg, Kentucky

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Address: 59 A Main Street
Whitesburg, Kentucky  41858  
United States
Fax: (606) 476-9553
Is 501(c)(3) nonprofit certified by the IRS?: Yes
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 1000
EIN: 23-3095785
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Mission Statement


We understand service and missions to be essential to authentic Christian faith but also recognize that we often don't know how to truly minister. Therefore we will endeavor to: Challenge participants to view ministry as a lifestyle inseparable from their Christian faith and, therein, seek to establish and/or deepen their walk with God. a) be genuinely and practically helpful to local people, and b) develop a deepened understanding of Christ, faith, service, and evangelism. Help participants to process their experiences and become aware of issues of: mutuality, listening, importance of relationship, and causes of poverty as it relates to caring for and about God's people and creation. Challenge participants to consider one week of ministry per year as insufficient, encouraging them to explore full-time missions/service as a natural outworking of their faith to be exercised both at home and away. Prayerfully, 1 John 3:17,18 (see our home page) and these statements will guide all aspects of the SWAP program, from the choice of clients we serve, to the actual work at local sites, the recruitment and selection of staff and the content of our evening worship and teaching sessions.

Description


Using the efforts of volunteers SWAP addresses sub-standard housing in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Participants will work with and for local homeowners "In the name of Christ", sharing the message of God's love and building relationships that serve to enrich all involved.

Using the efforts of volunteers SWAP addresses sub-standard housing in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Participants will work with and for local homeowners "In the name of Christ", sharing the message of God's love and building relationships that serve to enrich all involved.

Mission Statement: We understand service and missions to be essential to authentic Christian faith but also recognize that we often don't know how to truly minister. Therefore we will endeavor to: Challenge participants to view ministry as a lifestyle inseparable from their Christian faith and, therein, seek to establish and/or deepen their walk with God. a) be genuinely and practically helpful to local people, and b) develop a deepened understanding of Christ, faith, service, and evangelism. Help participants to process their experiences and become aware of issues of: mutuality, listening, importance of relationship, and causes of poverty as it relates to caring for and about God's people and creation. Challenge participants to consider one week of ministry per year as insufficient, encouraging them to explore full-time missions/service as a natural outworking of their faith to be exercised both at home and away. Prayerfully, 1 John 3:17,18 (see our home page) and these statements will guide all aspects of the SWAP program, from the choice of clients we serve, to the actual work at local sites, the recruitment and selection of staff and the content of our evening worship and teaching sessions.

Organizational Statement of Faith


We embrace God’s requirement of us "to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." We are Christ-centered in our disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peacebuilding responses. We follow Jesus as Jesus proclaims good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind; and sets the oppressed free. We serve in Christ’s name because, as a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, we are connected as a branch to the true vine of Jesus Christ and dependent upon God the gardener. Through Jesus we claim our interdependence. We celebrate being part of the rich diversity of the body of Christ. With the assurance that God is working out God’s pur-poses, born out of God’s triumph over the power of sin and death through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we are freed to till the soil through our work with others, waiting upon God to bring good fruit from these efforts. Micah 6:8; Luke 4:18; John 15:1-8


Denominational Affiliations


Mennonite


Local Affiliation



Organizational Affiliations


Mennonite Central Committee


Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


No