Disciplemaking in the heart of Central Appalachia

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The Red Bird Missionary Conference is a United Methodist place of community and connection, for the eastern Kentucky region. We act as a hub to transport volunteers, ministry dollars, and hope to the places where they are needed most. Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world … starting right here at home, by putting our faith into action!

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Mountain Range

With recent flooding, 8 inches of rain in a few areas, we see the Glory of God at work.  A few of our pastors are reporting that there are many homes and businesses that have damage; and families have been evacuated. And two of our counties, within the Conference boundaries, are without water for the foreseeable time. But, in all of this, we are seeing the Glory of God at work.  In Beattyville, one of the towns hardest hit, while you still can’t drive downtown because of high water, there are people parking several blocks away. These are volunteers in the community who want to help business owners clean their buildings.  In Booneville we are seeing volunteers handing out bottled water in the parking lot of the Family Life Center. Inside food and clothing are available for those affected by highwater. Many of the churches in both communities have come together for shelter and giving all the help they can.

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Mountain Range

Churches, like Evarts Congregation UMC, are finding new ways of connecting with their members and people within their community.  Members of Evarts Church are busy each day on the phone, checking on one another, asking if there are needs that can met and praying with people. These phone calls are not only to members, but to community members as well. There just seems to be a renewed need for connecting with one another.  Members of Thousandsticks UMC are fixing meals for members of the community who have contracted Covid19, recovering or have otherwise been affected. Members of Manchester are finding ways to provide basic necessities and toiletries for community services for the homeless and suffer addictions. God’s hands at work.  

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personal transformation

  • Health and Wellness

  • Food Security

  • Clothing Bank

  • Health Department Partnership

Leadership Transformation

  • Discipleship

  • Church Vitalization

  • Mission Outposts

Community Transformation

  • Harlan County Outreach

  • Lee County Outreach

  • Owsley County Outreach

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