Our Family Missions Story

We’re the Boatmans: Phil, Nancy, Carter (age 8) and Laney (age 5). We went on our first family mission trip this summer and had a blast!

It’s important to our family to not only talk about helping others but to take part in helping others. The Asheville family mission trip gave our family this opportunity. Typically, we go on family vacation in July. This year we still went on our family vacation- to Hilton Head Island for five days and then headed to Asheville for five days.

We worked together fixing up the Black Mountain Children’s Home and the Veterans Restoration House. Phil and Carter helped build shelves, and Nancy worked on landscaping at the children’s home. We all three painted at the veteran’s house. Laney was well taken care of by Ms. Ann and Ms. Emma.

Aside from working together, it was so nice to get to know other church members and socialize together. We had the best time on the ropes course, pool, river adventure and dinners.

We highly recommend the family mission trips for all church members from babies to senior adults. There will be a place for you! Join us next time.

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Saturday, July 27 - Asheville, NC

Saturday, July 27: Asheville, NC

What a week it has been! Some of our team headed off to the Biltmore yesterday after our work at the children’s home, while others hit the pool, dined with friends, and caught some of the sights around town. It has been a great opportunity for Calvary families to spend time with one another.

Today we partnered with the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters (VRQ). They work to provide homeless veterans with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength. Over 240 men reside nightly on the VRQ campus, a former 125 room motel. The veterans are provided housing, meals, case management services, counseling, laundry facilities, a computer lab, chapel and transportation to VA Medical Center appointments.

Our team worked on some restoration and beautification projects on their campus. We pulled weeds and planted in their community garden and raised beds, sanded and painted the outside of the recreation building, and painted a patio floor with non-slip paint. After our outside work was complete, we were treated with lunch with the veterans. We engaged the men and listened to their stories of their service in the armed forces. Through their program and the help of many, many volunteers, the VRQ is working to restore hope and lives. It was a blessing to serve those who have given service to our country.

We’ve completed our mission aspect of Missioncation, but we still have time here in Asheville to build memories and community. Many of our team members are headed off to float the French Broad River this afternoon, while others are enjoying some down time at the pool or in town.

It has been a wonderful time of ministry and fun, and we are looking forward to worshipping at First Baptist Church Asheville tomorrow before we head back to Lexington. Continue to pray for our crew! A few families will be traveling back this evening due to prior commitments, so remember them as they travel.

Friday, July 26 - Asheville, NC

Friday, July 26: Asheville, NC

After working hard yesterday, some of our team soared high in the treetops at the Adventure Course. Challenges were accepted. Fears were faced. Muscles were tested. Team members traversed ropes, wires, and obstacles all in the name of fun. Work hard, play hard- that’s the mission trip motto.

We continued our work at Black Mountain Children’s Home today as we built shelving for a REC room and the thrift store, put down seed and hay in landscaping beds, tore down a walking bridge, and built an awning on a staff house. All of these projects would have taken weeks for the small full-time staff the home employs.

In addition to our partnership with Black Mountain Children’s Home, we have a few other missions ministries our members are undertaking. Mrs. Ann McKinley and Emma Adams are working with our youngest team members, making sure they are well taken care of while their families serve. Our host church, First Baptist Asheville, has provided a beautiful space for our preschoolers with absolutely everything we could desire. Additionally, they are providing our team with breakfast each morning. We are thankful for their partnership and friendship.

Where would our team be without the amazing lunches Mrs. Tammy Varble organized, prepared, and served us? There is no “brown bagging it” on this trip! Today we grilled burgers and hot dogs for lunch, and had chips, homemade desserts, and pimento and cheese on the side. We are grateful to leave our site each day with full bellies.

We are thankful the Lord has provided great ministry partners, wonderful community, and the best weather we could ask for!

Thursday, July 25 - Asheville, NC


Thursday, July 25: Asheville, NC

Our mission families rolled into Asheville yesterday ready to work hard and play hard. We are 55 people strong, ranging in age from 3 years old to 84 years old. There is something for everyone to do on Missioncation!

We are excited to partner with Black Mountain Children’s Home today as we begin serving. Some of our team is building shelving for their new thrift store- one way they can continue to financially sustain the home. We have team members gardening and mulching, as well as helping with construction projects. It is a wonderful sight- Calvary families serving side-by-side, taking the church outside the walls.

The Lord has provided AMAZING weather and a BEAUTIFUL view for our team. We hope you’ll follow along with us each day as we post about what we’re doing here in Asheville. Please pray for our team as we serve together.