In 1980, our organization was founded as Confrontation Point Ministries in Tennessee by John and Jan Bell. Originally, the ministry focused predominately upon wilderness trips. The camp grew steadily, adding missions programs such as home repair and urban service trips. All trips continue to have an intentional focus on growing in faith, serving others, training young people to lead and being in Creation.
In 2008, the Board directed Executive Director Andy Bathje to move our operations to Wilmore, Kentucky. The mission has not changed, instead, we hope to expand the areas in which we minister and to continue to meet the needs of community members, youth groups and the staff who work for us. Currently we offer five trip designs: Wilderness Adventure, Home Repair, Mystery Trip, Creation Restoration and Disaster Relief. These trips are provided for youth and college groups visiting from all over the country.
I have been involved with AdventureServe for over twenty years. First as a youth director who’s group piloted the home repair program, to serving on summer staff for several summers and most recently through serving as the board chair. Because of my longevity and various perspectives I have seen her through many different lenses. One thing that is always clear is the call to honor God and serve others. These two essential core values influence all the activities. Helping young people grow in their faith and leadership through serving others will produce life changing fruit that will impact an entire generation.
Young people from across the U.S. and globe have been touched through our experiences, where they learn the importance of practices like simplicity, reflection, silence and service. These practices are all intended to help individuals create space in their lives for God and share His love with others. How amazing it has been to connect with students and see the fruit that is being born in their lives through service.
As we move forward and desire to continue to support, love and challenge the next generation of Christian leaders we are trusting God to provide resources, churches and groups to come out and serve with us or partner with us. Being blessed with a amazing piece of property that we now call home is just a taste of Christ’s faithfulness to our ministry. Our prayer is that we will “be still and know that He is God,” as we are confronted with God’s love for people and His creation.
As an organization, we want to grow each year by recruiting more teams to serve in Appalachia which will increase the amount of community members that can be assisted. One major change we have made toward this end has been to rebrand the identity of our agency to better communicate what we do. Gifts would allow us to magnify the impact we have been making for the last 5 years in Kentucky. Below are objectives we are working toward: 1) Recruit a total of 50 volunteer teams to serve in Kentucky 2) Serve over 50 families with improvements on their residence (a 25% increase). 3) Maintain a high quality of: client services to homeowners, training for home repair seasonal staff and guidance for volunteers. Future summers will be impacted as momentum and interest in our service projects grow. If we have an increase of groups volunteering with our agency in 2015, due to our retention rates, the number of return groups will rise for following years. Therefore, growth in 2015 of service activity for community members will most likely promote more service activity in following years. Having more dollars would greatly strengthen the impact of community assistance. This would allow us extra personnel hours to recruit volunteer groups for Home Repair service programs, train seasonal staff members to effectively guide work projects, communicate with home owners in need and ensure that all home renovation projects meet building standards. Evaluation methods that are already within our agency will be used such as: records of service projects completed, records of volunteer participants in our service programs, evaluations completed by volunteers of their experience and evaluations completed by group leaders. In addition, we will offer evaluation surveys for homeowners who receive home repair improvements.
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