Mission Focus – Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission, guided by Jesus Christ, empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing spiritual, educational, health, and community outreach ministries in southeastern Kentucky. The need is great in this isolated, rural area where chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing and rugged terrain create obstacles to a fuller life. Red Bird Mission strives to meet the needs of their neighbors through ministry in five areas: Education, Health & Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Education: Red Bird Christian school serves students in grades K-12 and centers on developing the full potential of its students in a Christian atmosphere, regardless of their ability to pay.

Health & Wellness: Red Bird operates Community Health Services which provide over 3000 health education and direct services in a 3-county area and includes over 300 home visits annually. They also operate a Dental Clinic that provides complete services for 600 patients each year.

Community Outreach: Aid includes emergency support services, a clean water kiosk, and assistance with clothing, food, and transportation needs.

Economic Opportunity: The Craft Marketing Program provides economic opportunity for craftspeople within a 75-mile radius of the Mission, purchasing crafts directly from the artisan and marketing them locally and throughout the U.S. The Red Bird Community Store provides 11 full-time jobs for community residents.

Community Housing Improvement: Volunteers provide home repairs for low-income residents such as roof replacement, painting, building porches or ramps, and grounds keeping.

Click here to give and find out more about Red Bird Mission by visiting their website.

How can you help?

Red Bird Mission Trip: November 5-10, 2023

Deadline to register is October 1.

Have you been thinking about serving on a mission trip but without leaving the country? Interested in working on a mission project in an atmosphere where participants grow spiritually and gain a personal understanding of mission? Red Bird Mission Work Camp, in the Appalachian Mountains, may be what you’re looking for!

Join St. Mark’s on a mission trip this fall to Red Bird: Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian Mountains offers a service opportunity for volunteers in mission as they provide home repair for low-income residents of their community.

Where? Red Bird workcamp is located in Beverly, KY, 324 miles from St. Mark’s.

When? Sunday (morning departure)-Friday (return by afternoon), November 5-10, 2023

Trip cost: $425

What’s included? Meals and lodging for 5 days and nights of mission experience. Attendees stay in climate-controlled cabins set up as bunk houses, meals and devotional time are shared in the dining hall. You will be provided an opportunity to grow in Christian love and to be enriched spiritually.

Please prayerfully consider joining our mission team! Contact Robert Jennings, our Red Bird team leader, if you are interested or have questions: rcjennings5@gmail.com or contact missions to sign up: missions@stmarkscarmel.org

Red Bird Mission Trip Sign Up

There will be an Organizational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5 in Room G/H at 7 PM.