The Word FM - Kentucky
July 20-26, 2014

2014 Word FM Mission to Wheelwright, Kentucky

Dates: July 20 – July 26, 2014 Intergenerational/Family

Group Size: 50 people

Contact: Stephanie Boyd, Community Specialist 

Cost: $995.00 includes construction and transportation from PA to KY.  (includes Wheelwright scholarship funds) 

Register by:  May 19, 2014...  Registration details are at the bottom of this page.


Quick Facts

  • Wheelwright is located in the eastern part of the state of Kentucky in the Appalachian mountain range.
  • The median income for a household in this area is $14,808 and about 40.0% of the population lives below the poverty line.
  • The region is now a center for art and music through the Mountain Arts Center.

World Servants

World Servants is an agent of change through the development of people as servants and leaders via dynamic short-term mission experiences. World Servants serves diverse communities throughout the world through leaders committed to impacting the world through Jesus Christ. Our projects have a long-term impact both on volunteer participants and local communities while assisting these communities to become self-sustaining.

Why are we going?

World Servants coordinates mission experiences to meet the specific needs of the families we serve, as well as teams made up of all ages, and no previous experience is necessary. From the service projects to the evening program, each day is scheduled to help connect your group or family with experiences, which will have a lasting impact in each person's life.

During your trip you will meet both the physical and spiritual needs of the community. Physical needs are primarily met through construction and renovation projects. Spiritual needs are met in a number of creative and culturally appropriate ways by engaging in a combination of the outreach activities, such as hosting Kids’ Club or Mega Sports Camps, playing with children; door to door care package outreach and worshiping with a local congregation.

Our Host Community and Mission Partner

We are working in Wheelwright, located in the eastern part of the state of Kentucky in the Appalachian mountain range in Floyd County. Kentucky is part of the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountain Range. It has a rich cultural heritage beginning with the mound-building Adena Indians, through the civil war, to the coal camps that sprang up and faded as fast as the coal could be mined. The region is now a center for art and music through the Mountain Arts Center.


This area has many aspects of beauty from its lush wooded mountains to its colorful inhabitants that call this their home. With all of the beauty of the mountainous landscape there are mountains of challenges that the communities and families face daily. The median income for a household in this area is $14,808 and about 40.0% of the population lives below the poverty line. The needs can range from roofs leaking, homes needing insulation, and families struggling to provide the basic necessities.

Missional Engagement -- Activities on the Trip

Teams will work alongside the community; improving living conditions and opening doors to share Jesus. The majority of the mission week will be spent on home renovation projects. Most of the homes we encounter are in disrepair and will benefit from the work of loving hearts and hands. Projects can include roofing, installation of vinyl siding, windows and doors, constructing a wheel chair ramp, giving an elderly person easy access to their home, building a deck, painting and general clean up.


You will learn about the Appalachian culture with its strong emphasis on family values. By participating in outreach events, Kids’ Club (VBS-type activities), Mega Sports camps, and community outreach cookouts, you’ll build relationships as you interact with the people in the community.


Itinerary: (tentative)

Sunday July 20 – Drive to Wheelwright, KY Arrive late afternoon early evening

Monday July 21 – Work Project/Outreach Sports Camp

Tuesday July 22 – Work Project/Outreach Sports Camp

Wednesday July 23 – Day Off – State Park/Church

Thursday July 24 – Work Project/Outreach Sports Camp/Community Cook out

Friday July 25 – Work Project/ Outreach Sports Camp

Saturday July 26 – Depart for home

Daily activities will include:

  • Personal prayer time in the mornings
  • A construction project, which is being decided on by the community leaders
  • Outreach to the children through Sports Camp
  • Door to Door ministry with the local Community Leadership team
  • Three meals a day
  • Reflection time, evening program and praise and worship

Food, Lodging, and Travel

The cost includes trip set-up, trip leadership, cross cultural orientation, food & housing, evening program, debriefing and re-entry resources, in addition to quality group servicing.

World Servants Impact:

In 2010, World Servants returned to Kentucky at the invitation of the community leaders of Wheelwright. Sitting at a table with Pastor Charles, our community partner, we heard stories of how World Servants had impacted family’s lives in the past. He told us the relationships we made years before changed the lives of many. One man became a youth leader and the renovated church facility now holds weekly youth meetings.

Our partnership with the Baptist Mission and Local Church Associations connects us with families in need. In 2014, World Servants will continue work in Floyd County and see how we can branch out into other areas of Eastern Kentucky, which could benefit from hope and encouragement through World Servant mission teams.


For more information please click here  to contact Stephanie Boyd by email, or call her at 304-457-4575.

Register Here:

Terms and Policies

Please read the Terms & Policies before registering for this trip.


To Register Online with a Credit Card:

CLICK HERE to register online...

To Register by Mail with a Check:
Send your deposit of $300 to

World Servants
7130 Portland Ave
Richfield, MN 55423

(Make all checks payable to "World Servants").

To Make a Donation Towards the Trip On Behalf of a Participant:

CLICK HERE to donate online by credit card,

OR send a check to

World Servants
7130 Portland Ave
Richfield, MN 55423

Please DO NOT write the name of the person you are supporting on the check - attach a separate note indicating the person you intend to support.

Thank you!
World Servants & The Word FM