RECENTLY: Our "reports" to the church, regarding the various missions trips and projects, are held during the morning worship services throughout the year. This different method of reporting, provided information and inspiration to more members of the congregation. In addition, the Sunday morning reports were available to our visits/guests in the worship service whereas an evening presentation may not include these individuals. Some of the Mission Trips were: Singles to Ottawa, Canada and New York City; Middle School to Philadelphia, PA; High School to Smyrna, TN and Jamaica; the annual "Book Buddies" trips to Kentucky; and a special group of Adults to Eastern Kentucky for various construction projects every summer. At Christmas time, gifts--given by Providence members, have been delivered to a dozen of teenagers in Boonville, KY. In the past, youth from the area have visited families in Charlotte for the Christmas holiday, subject to the weather either in Eastern Kentucky or in Charlotte.
All of these Mission Trips were shared with the congregation during numerous Sunday Morning Worship Services.
Prior to 2010, we held a MISSION PROJECTS REPORT NIGHT every year at the end of the summer in order to report on the missions trips that have occurred since the first of the year. These programs, held in the Sanctuary gave the congregation an opportunity to HEAR and SEE (via pictures and audio) the "stories" of the mission trips and projects of the previous eight months.
FOR 2009: the following missions trips participated: College Mission Trip to Eastern Kentucky; The Youth and Senior High Choir Mission Trip to Jamaica; the "Book Buddies" Mission Trip to Eastern Kentucky; the Middle School Mission Project in Nashville, TN; and the Family/Singles Mission Trip to Eastern Kentucky.
The 2009 Missions Project Report Night was held on Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 pm in the church sanctuary. The various summer trips gave a verbal and visual report of their projects this year.
In 2008, the trips that reported through audio-visual presentations were: Kentucky-Owsley County High School Mission Camp; Middle School Mission Trip to Washington, D.C.; High School Choir Tour to hospitals in SE USA; Kentucky "Book Buddies;" Kentucky Family Mission Trip; and the High School Mission Trip to a Veteran's Center in Asheville, NC;.
A letter from one of the organizations that was involved sent the following message and it is applicable to all of our summer mission endeavors: "People are still talking about the wonderful young people and mission team from Providence Baptist Church. We had over 600 young people and about 30 different missions teams over the summer months. Each was used in an important way, but there are those who stand head and shoulders above - and went over and above. We wanted all of you to know that your labor of love has had the staff vote you the Number One Mission Team Of the Summer!"