2005 Summer Youth Missions Project

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  1. Trotter

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    OK, here is the 411...

    Quoted from http://www.arministry.org/OcoeeMinistry.asp

    Ocoee Outreach is in the process of enrolling youth groups for the summer of 2005. The quote above was in reference to the 2004 program. Here are some links to additional information:

    Ocoee Outreach website

    The Bridge, NAMB website Ocoee Outreach information page

    If anyone is interested in more information, please email me at [email protected], and I will send you a Word file that contains all the info. Or, you can email Randy Bonner, NAMB missionary & Church and Community Minstries Director, Bradley Baptist Association at [email protected].

    The summer schedule is filling up fast. The work that the youth are involved with in this missions project is truly awesome...and the need is truly great. It is definately one summer mission trip that will not be soon forgotten.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    Thanks. Interesting to see possible ministries for teens/churches to help poor in America.

    Is this Baptist? Couldn't find anything resembling "doctrine" on their site. "Bradley Baptist Assoc" doesn't mean anything to me, either.
     
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    The Bradley Baptist Association is in cooperation with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. Its statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message.

    Its Web site is:

    http://www.bradleybaptist.org/

    (Netscape, BTW, won't display the site properly, although it shows up fine with Explorer.)
     
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    Thanks, rsr. You are quick on the draw!

    Yes, the Bradley Baptist Association is SBC, but Ocoee Outreach reaches out to all, not just SBC. Nor does a group have to be SBC to join in (but being Baptist would probably be a pre-req).

    Yes, parts of Cleveland and Bradley County (where I live in TN) are among the poorest in the nation. In fact, this past summer, many of the houses that were worked on were about 10 blocks up the street from me (yes, I live in the 'poor' side of town...but when God provides, He gives what you need, not what you wish for).

    I can personally vouch for the conditions listed on the websites, as I see first-hand. My mother-in-law works in the cafeteria of one of the schools on this side of town, and she can tell you that almost all of the kids really are on free and reduced lunch. Many houses on this side of town are barely livable (I live on the dead-end of a street, with a cemetary behind me, so it is not in too bad of shape...no one wants to live beside a graveyard!).

    Besides the ministry opportunities, Cleveland is only about twenty minutes from the Ocoee River, site of the whitewater events of the '96 Olympics. There are bookoobles of white-water rafting companies, and if you are afraid of white-water, you can just float a tube down the Hiwassee River. Fishing, camping, biking, hiking, and just the awesome beauty of nature are available in the Cherokee National Forest (which the Ocoee River runs through). Nearby Chattanooga is teeming with things to see and do, with the Tennessee Aquariam, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, the Hunter Museum of Art, Hamilton Place Mall.

    This is truly an awesome opportunity to give the youth a way to impact the lives of the less fortunate, to share Christ in a new and meaningful way, and to have a great time.

    In Christ,
    Trotter

    PS-Dr.Bob, you ought to know how hard-nosed I am about Baptist/SBC by now to know that I wouldn't post anything of a different ilk without a warning up front. Are you slipping on us, ole boy?
     
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  6. USN2Pulpit

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    My wife and eldest son did this summer of 2003 before we moved out to Missouri. They recommend it as a very rewarding experience. If anyone needs additional information, contact me.
     
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    Thanks, USN. While I have not been able to participate (supporting my family and all), I know several who have/are.

    I'm not even sure if there are any available slots now, as they were filling up fast.

    I would highly recommend taking the option of letting a church host the group. That way, you get to interact with other churches and their members, as well as minister to the needs of others.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     

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