Tennessee

World Servants began servng in Jellico, Tennessee in June of 2000, and over the past 10 years, a partnership has grown with Good Soil Ministries. Most families in Jellico live below the poverty line, with approximately 60% of its citizens on government assistance of some sort. Our prayer is to see the needs of this community met and lives transformed while preserving the unique Appalachian culture and quiet lifestyle.

Tennessee
Jun 17, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018TBDIntergen./FamilyView Trip
Jun 24, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018JellicoIntergen./FamilyView Trip

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Jellico

Nestled in the Appalachian hills of East Tennessee, Jellico is located between Knoxville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky. The scenery is breathtaking and people are very friendly. Their enjoyment of and familiarity with the outdoors, as well as their love for song, especially fiddles and other stringed instruments, speak of their roots even to this day. The area originally was home to a variety of Scotch, Irish and English descendants, as well as Native American tribes.

During its boom days when coal was king, Jellico tallied a population of over 10,000. Jellico’s current population is approximately 2,400. Since the decline in the coal industry, which made a tremendous impact in the Appalachian area, unemployment has been a major problem and the towns face a variety of challenges including drug addiction, teenage pregnancy, and a higher-than-average school dropout rate.