Med/Pol Risk: Low Risk
Challenge Level: Level 1
Dates: See listing on this page
Opportunities range from Day Care Centers and Youth/Recreation Centers where children are already attending an on-going program, to Community Bible Clubs that teams promote and host in specific neighborhoods.
Teams can work on home repairs and campground development.
Teams can be involved in home visitation to assigned neighborhoods and/or families whose children are attending a Community Bible Club.
Teams may minister through music, crafts, testimonies, etc. at Tsali Manor, Tsali Care Center or Snowbird Senior Citizen Center. They can also lead Sunday Morning Worship & Fellowship at Tsali Care Center.
Opportunities range from Youth/Recreation Centers where teens are already attending an on-going program, to Community Bible Clubs that teams promote and host in specific neighborhoods.
Experience and Risk
1-junior high age and up; no language barriers; minimal cross-cultural setting; no missions experience required
2-junior high age and up; moderate language barriers; moderate cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
3-senior high age and up; some language barriers; challenging cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
4-adults (some mature senior high); increased language barriers; intense cross-cultural setting; missions experience required
L=LOW RISK (western country or major city in developing world)
I=INTERMEDIATE RISK (developing country, travel outside city)
S=SUBSTANTIAL RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, political unrest sometimes present, possible infectious disease)
H=HIGH RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, travel to remote areas, environmental extremes/altitude, heat, etc, infectious disease)
Pregnant women are not permitted to participate on projects rated as Intermediate, Substantial or High Risk.
Cherokee, North Carolina
||The Cherokee Reservation in NC is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with approximately 14,000 enrolled members. Tammy Jackson, Cherokee native and MTW missionary, ministers among the Eastern Band of Cherokee and shares, “When the Moravians started their missionary movement among the Cherokee in the 1800s, more than one chief told the missionaries they wanted them to teach Cherokee young people English but they ‘had no ear for religion.’ But now, after many years of faithfulness and perseverance by MTW short-term teams (the Cherokee) now ‘have ears for our religion.’”|
|2013 Project Dates:
- June 1-8
- June 8-15
- June 15-22
- June 22-29
- June 29-July 6
- July 6-July 13
- July 13-July 20
- July 20-July 27
- July 27-August 3
- October dates TBA
MTW teams serve alongside Tammy sharing their lives and relationship with Christ with Cherokee children and youth at community centers, recreation centers, and day cares. They reach out to the elderly at several senior centers. Teams can also minister through home repairs and community visitation.
One participant shared, "I had been to the Cherokee area several times but had not had extensive time to interact with them on a personal basis. I came feeling that Cherokee was a field rich unto harvest and I continue to think that after our trip."
Frequently Asked Questions
Teams are housed in cabins at Goosecreek campground within the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. All of the cabins have single bunk beds with mattresses. There are 4 family units, each equipped with a shower and toilet and 2 bath and shower areas.
Yes, except for the Wednesday evening meal which is on the team’s expense. Wednesday afternoon is the team’s free time off.
Yes, although we are not able to provide separate, special meals, arrangements can be made with the cook for you to prepare the food you bring.
Teams can choose from either a relational ministry or a work ministry. Some teams choose to have a half day of relational ministry and a half day of a work ministry. Ministry assignments will be given based on your assessment of your teams gifts and skills.
Relational ministries can be a VBS or Bible camp at Goosecreek campground, evangelistic based programs at a community youth center, active and/or convalescent seniors centers, or community visitation.
Many people like to bring their own tools, however for most of the jobs, we will have all of the tools you will need. The materials you will need to complete the job are provided and will be on site.
No, Cherokee is an intensively managed mission project making it a great first-time mission for teams. New teams are asked to attend a Project Orientation and Training where they will be given information to help them prepare for their mission week.
If given notice of your team’s desire to house families together, we will assign separate cabins for them.
Yes, we do have handicapped-accessible baths and showers; however the campground is situated in the hills of Smoky Mountains, and traversing the hills may prove challenging.
Yes, we offer discounts for married couples and children attending with at least one parent.
Teams will be assigned a church to attend on the reservation for Sunday morning worship.
The week begins on the first Saturday at 6:00 P.M. with supper, followed by an orientation meeting. The last Saturday, we ask that teams depart the campground by 10:00 A.M.
There are several cultural sites to visit such as The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and Oconaluftee Indian Village. Whitewater rafting, tubing, hiking or just swimming in the river are also activities teams enjoy.
No, teams are responsible for their own transportation to Cherokee and during the week.
- Families with young children are able to be housed together
- MTW teams are welcome in the community
- There are ministry opportunities in facilities where young children can participate
- Work projects are available where young children can participate
- It is a tourist area with plenty of activities to do on an afternoon off
We Shall Remain (PBS Documentary)
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MTW Native American Mission Statement:
MTW seeks to walk with Indigenous peoples of the Americas, wherever they are found, growing together in the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to ministry that flows through long-term, interdependent relationships. We realize that trust is key and that we have much to learn from each other. By reaching future generations, respecting the tribe, and focusing on the development of leadership, we hope to:
• Present a credible, trusted witness
• Encourage one another in the paths of discipleship
• Strengthen existing churches
• Start new churches whenever appropriate