The Eastern Band of the Cherokee are the remnant of those left behind when their families and friends were removed to Oklahoma in 1838 on the tragic “trail of tears”. From the remnant of 1000, there are now over 15,000 enrolled in the Eastern Band with over 12,000 living on the beautiful Qualla Boundary reservation. Unlike most Native American tribes, the Cherokee believe in only one god, the Great Spirit.
To be a witness for Christ to the Cherokee people. To show them the hope that we have that is in Christ alone. We will fulfill this mission through continuing the annual youth soccer and science camps. These camps allow us the opportunity to show love to the Cherokee youth and their families while also teaching them about Christ through Bible lessons and relationship building. We will be partnering with our sister Redeemer Church from Atlanta again this year.
Our Cherokee motto is “Semper Gumby” or “always flexible” as we must keep our goals aligned with what God would have us accomplish.
Families, Couples, Singles, Seniors, Juniors, and in between. There are opportunities for everyone!
MTW has 50 acres of leased land where they have a cafeteria, screened worship facility, and cabins. There is enough room to support just over 100 people. For those who are more adventurous they also provide tents or RV hookups in case you prefer to camp vs staying in the cabins. There is AC in all the cabins. There are common bathing facilities with showers, and yes there is hot water!!
TYPICAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
Sat. Arrival – Get settled in before dinner and an evening program highlighting the Cherokee culture Sun. – Attend church service in Cherokee – afternoons are used to visit ministry sites and prepare for the week Mon - Fri
- Breakfast and morning group worship at the campground
- Head to morning ministry site (Boys and Girls Club Soccer and Science camps)
- Have lunch at the site with the kids
- Afternoon break (hang out by the river, enjoy the town, or go take a nap)
- Fulfill camp duties
- Afternoon snack and short group meeting
- Head to evening ministry site
- Dinner and off to bed
- On Friday evening there is a closing program/cookout with families that participated in our program through the week.
Sat Departure – Leave for home Saturday morning after breakfast.
Missionary Roles Needed: (can serve in multiple roles)
Fundraiser volunteers(can be someone not attending the trip)
Worship/music(lead the camp in worship music each morning) 2-3 People
Chief Hydrator(insure water jugs are filled & transported to and from, clean up)1-2
Fruit Ninjas(purchase, clean, cut up and serve fruit for all sessions -- soccer and science) 3-4
Team doctor/nurse(provide medical treatment for missionaries and camp participants as needed) 1
Registration and name tags(sign in campers, greet parents/families, talk with and develop relationships with families who remain at evening camp) 2-4
Soccer Coaches and Assistants(lead groups with instructions from Coach Kerry) 10-12
Science camp helpers 8-10
Equipment Coordinator and helpers(insure all equipment gets transported, set-up, take-down) 8-10
Leader to engage Redeemer Youthduring free time 1-2
Chief of Camp Chores(organize and insure missionaries fulfill chores during camp) 1
Youth Actors for devotional/bible story 6-10