Our dream is to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to families living in severe poverty throughout the Appalachian Mountains of America.
We do this by partnering with communities and churches throughout the mountains. We work in impoverished areas to provide families with basic needs and to see hope returned to children and their communities.
> Hot Meal
For some children in the mountains, a warm meal is a rare luxury. Sometimes, the only hot meal a child receives is at school. Anchor Ridge prepares a hot meal at each outreach event, because we know for some, especially while school is out for summer, it has been a while since they had a good meal.
Every family who attends an outreach event receives bags of nutritional groceries and snacks for the whole family.
> Coats and Shoes
Appalachian winters can be very harsh. Most families in the areas simply cannot afford the basics for their children. Anchor Ridge makes sure every child who attends an outreach event is provided with a warm winter coat, gloves, scarf and hat. We also provide seasonal footwear.
> Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies
A child's health heavily depends on the environment in which they are raised. We ensure children have access to basic items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, along with cleaning supplies and paper products for their household.
> Toys for Children
Appalachian families spend their money for survival. In towns where there are literally no jobs, they have to conserve the small amounts of money they receive. Anchor Ridge wants their children to experience being a child while they still can! We want to make sure these kids get at least one brand new toy, especially at Christmas time. Most families tell us they stopped celebrating Christmas with presents a long time ago, there is simply no money.
> The Love of Jesus
Our favorite part of an Anchor Ridge outreach event is getting to introduce them to Jesus! Many of these families are unchurched and would possibly never get a chance to hear about the gospel otherwise. Anchor Ridge promotes a positive, welcoming atmosphere where people can come as they are to receive the help they need, while teaching them that Christ can change their live, heal them, deliver them and bring them out of poverty! We have a time of worship, a message from the bible and a time of prayer in the altar. THOUSANDS are being impacted each year as they start a new life with Christ!
“The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40
Why do we take serving in the Appalachian Mountains so seriously? 1 John 3:17 reads "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." More than anything, this world needs to see the love of Jesus! Putting hands and feet on his commandments not only helps the families who need it most, but it sparks a fire deep in our soul that becomes contagious throughout the world to show his love and to lend a helping hand. Let's shine with his love!
"I've never seen anything like it. Some of these towns look like third world countries. Going on a mission trip with Anchor Ridge changed my life forever."
"When you see the little children run up to you with dirty faces and no shoes on their feet, you realize it is worth every minute and every effort to bring these supplies to the kids. I'm glad to be part of a ministry that truly is the hands and feet of Jesus"
-S. Thompson, volunteer