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Appalachain Christmas Outreach

2017 Appalachian Christmas Outreach

We are so grateful for all the TBA churches that have participated in preparing Christmas backpacks and helping with Appalachian Christmas events in the past. Many of you are already working on this year’s outreach. We would encourage more of our TBA churches to help us reach our NC goal of 10,000 backpacks this year. All the information you need to participate in this can be found at If you would like someone to come and present this ministry to your church or missions groups, feel free to call Kathie Aiken at 828-553-8785.

This year, several churches in our association will be helping ministries in Coeburn, VA with their Christmas event on Dec 8 and 9. Our TBA backpacks will go there. Churches will be providing food boxes, lunches, winter coats, salvation dolls, games, new shoes and socks, puppet show with gospel presentation  as well as the backpacks to hundreds of children. The event will be held at Coeburn Middle School. If your church would like to participate in this two day mission trip, please let me know.

Thank you so much for considering how your church can help our Appalachian families know Jesus. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kathie Aiken

Appalachian Coalfields Ministry- NC Baptist Men

Appalachian Regional Ministry- NAMB

Dewey and Kathie Aiken
National Mission Service Corps Missionaries- NAMB
Appalachian Regional Ministry
19 Connestee Rd
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 553-7694
(828) 553-8785

Appalachian Regional Ministry is a ministry of the North American Mission Board and is made possible through your gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering


Appalachian Regional Ministry mobilizes Southern Baptists and their resources to provide ministries, evangelize the lost, assist existing churches and start new churches in the 12 states that include Appalachia.

Why Appalachia? The region’s original blend of immigrant cultures has become a distinct, rich culture of its own that goes far beyond the beauty of the surroundings. It also is one of extreme poverty—with 37 of the 100 poorest counties in the United States. And while religion is important in Appalachia, the reality is that more than 70 percent of the region is unchurched — with some counties are as high as 90 percent unchurched.

Working in cooperation with state conventions, associations and churches throughout the region, we want to help you and your church make a profound impact in Appalachia.

Coordinators for projects in Eastern Kentucky, North Carolina,  Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

National MSC Missionaries
Dewey and Kathie Aiken
Phone: (828) 553-7694 or
(828) 553-8785