New International Version (NIV)
29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.
:: Meeting the person on the level of spiritual need
:: Meeting the physical needs through food, clothing, housing and other areas essential to wellness
:: Meeting the personal development need through special training which enhances their economic potential
To accomplish these goals GAP works with and through other organizations that share these concerns for the people of Appalachia
What GAP Does
At the beginning of 2010 GAP began a transition from a needs based to an asset-based community development ministry. Essentially, this means we have moved away from mostly distributing resources as the primary way of building relationships and meeting community needs. We are now working to build relationships to discover the potential that already is in the community to meet its own needs.
We continue to assist with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, personal products, and household items to qualifying families through our distribution center. Most of our resource distribution efforts focus on individuals and families in crisis situations such as victims of fire and floods. GAP also helps other organizations in our region by assisting them with extra resources to distribute in their communities.
There is something about a shared beverage that gets people to open up and talk with each other. That’s the idea behind BeansTalk. We have created a space in our distribution center for the community to relax over a cup of coffee and enjoy conversation with each other and the staff. We encourage mission teams to share their talents at BeansTalk also. In the past teams have shared music, crafts, and haircuts, among other things.
Children’s ministry has always been a part of how GAP serves the community, and it is now one of our primary functions. Kasie Osborne, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, is organizing after-school tutoring and kid’s clubs at our Distribution Center and in the community. She also works with the mission teams and coordinates opportunities for them to serve community children as well.
Each year we collect school supplies and backpacks for students in Head Start through 12th grade and then distribute them to our clients just before school starts. Starting in 2011 we will incorporate this outreach into a children’s back-to-school festival called KidStock. In addition to giving out backpacks filled with school supplies there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy and the gospel will be clearly presented. Leading up to the event we also collect items for teachers and make gift bags to express our appreciation for what they do for the kids here in the Left Beaver area.
The Christmas Store
GAP assists Eastern Kentucky families who are in need and helps them give their children quality gifts each Christmas. Throughout the year, GAP collects new toys and age-appropriate gifts and stocks a toy room at our warehouse. In December, parents of qualifying families are given an opportunity to go through the toy room and select gifts which they can give to their children on Christmas.
We also work in cooperation with the managers of low-income apartment complexes to gather names of qualifying families. The gifts are then carefully selected by our staff, with each child in mind, and given to their parents so they can personally give the gifts to their children.
Children also get an opportunity to pick out gifts for their parents during our Children’s Christmas Store. Mission team members assist the kids with picking out gifts and wrapping them while parents are treated to snacks as they wait. The mission team shares the story of Christmas through a special presentation to the kids and their parents.
GAP offers assistance to community families in need of home repairs in cooperation with mission teams. Each request is evaluated by our staff, if participation criteria is met and mission teams with the resources and skills are available, the work is completed. While in the past we generally have not expected the families to participate in the process, we now look for ways to make the repairs a partnership of the family, mission team, and GAP.
The Dorema Project purchases dilapidated homes, renovates them with the help of mission teams, and sells them to qualifying families with a no-interest mortgage. The money that is received from the sale is then used to renovate the next home.
Old Time Mountain Celebration
The Corn & Coal Festival begins its first season in the fall of 2011. This event for the whole family is a celebration of the culture and humor of the Left Beaver community and will feature live music, comedy, games, and a craft fair.
Mcdowell, Kentucky 41647
Website: Gods Appalachian Partnership
Want to do More?
God’s Appalachian Partnership is almost entirely funded by the contributions of individuals and churches. The average donation by an individual is $25.00 a month; however, any amount given is making a difference. You are welcome to designate your gift for a specific project or just give toward general expenses. Your donation is tax deductible.
Donate online at JustGive.Org
Donating by Check
You may send checks to:
PO Box 704,
McDowell KY, 41647.
If you are designating your gift for a specific project please write the project name in the memo line of the check.
Need More Information?
If you need more information please call missionary Lynn Wagoner at 606-377-0332.