Blogs from the Mountain
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It is hard to put into words all that my time on the Mountain has meant to me. I came as a camper for six years, and I was lucky enough to get to work on MountainT.O.P.’s Day Camp Summer Staff for two years- first as a Ministry Coordinator, then as a Manager for the program. I have formed lifelong friendships, gained professional skills, but most importantly, I have witnessed God moving in extraordinary ways. I read a book a few years ago in which the author writes about “thin places.”
The 2019 summer mission season has come to an end! As many of you know Mountain T.O.P. completes home repair projects throughout the year. However, summer is our busiest time of year. This summer welcomed x amount of volunteers totaling over x amount of service hours.
Thank you to all of the families that opened their doors to our volunteers for meals, shelter from weather, and amazing conversation.
We want to recognize all of the churches that supported their youth groups throughout their journey to and from the mountain.
My name is Sophia Wickersham and I have been hired as the Development Manager for Mountain T.O.P. I am from Winchester, Indiana where I grew up with my three older siblings and my two wonderful parents. I just graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership with minors in Public Finance and Marketing. Throughout college I was involved in many different organizations, however most of my time was spent training and competing alongside so many dedicated and hardworking women on the Varsity Women’s Rowing Team.
We are excited to share with you the 2020 Summer Mission Schedule! We are excited to be offering seven weeks of our traditional Youth Summer Ministry (YSM) program as well as our new Senior High Camp (SHC)!
Thursday… it has always been a bit of an odd day in camp. It’s in a weird spot, pinched between “Half-Way Up the Mountain Day” and “it’s Friday Y’all!” What do you do with it? Your week’s not quite over yet, but maybe you’ve started thinking about going back to the valley below. For sure your cabin is looking and smelling like it’s Thursday. Truth is, there is still work to be done, people to serve, bonds to strengthen and a God to worship.
We are excited to introduce the 2019 Staff Camp Assignments! During Staff Training we revealed which camp each staffer would be calling home for the next 8 weeks! We couldn’t be happier with each staff! They are coming together and creating an incredible mission experiences for this summer!
We are blessed beyond measure to have such a dedicated, insightful and amazing summer staffers. Staff Training was long, hot, fun, and crazy and now these staffers are now officially prepared for the summer of their lives! We wanted to share all the memories with you! As a gift from the summer staff to the Mountain T.O.P. community, here is a video highlighting 2019 Summer Staff Training. After you’re down with the video.
On Saturday March 2nd, we held our Annual George Bass Brick and Mortar Dinner. We take time to raise money for the George Bass Endowment Fund and to celebrate outstanding individuals that make Mountain T.O.P. an incredible place to grow and serve. Get to know the recipients of the Community Partnership Award, Volunteer of the Year award, and the latest inductees to the Fisher of People Hall of Fame.
his report captures a few stories of courageous partnership. Behind the numbers are individuals who courageously extended a hand, tried something new, made a change, took the lead. Behind the short quotes of appreciation are grander narratives of lives that are perhaps healthier, bolder, and more connected to their community. As we celebrate the partnerships and progress made in 2018, we pay special attention to how we can continue to answer the call of following Jesus faithfully and courageously.
Throughout my high school years, mission trips looked very homogeneous. They only happened in the summer and involved a long van ride with my youth group friends to Tennessee. Even today the thought of such trips brings to mind the smell of old vinyl. Our church wasn’t strapped for cash, yet we were transported around in a long string of hand-me-down 12-passenger vans. You know, the kind of vehicles that have since been outlawed because of safety concerns.
As a community we made incredible strides in fulfilling Mountain TOP’s mission. We are proud to present the 2018 Summer Outcomes Report. This report outlines the incredible hard work of our summer staff, volunteers and community members.
Mountain TOP’s Executive Director, Ed Simmons, wrote a brief letter introducing the report. You can find the letter and a link to the Outcome Report below.
In this week’s blog we are honored to be sharing with you a reflection from Carissa Dagon. She is an incredible MTOP Volunteer from the Grove UMC and inspiring young adult.
Hi, my name is Carissa Dagon. I am a senior at East Ridge High School and I have two younger brothers who are both in frog here. My family and I have been going to the grove since we moved to Woodbury almost 17 years ago. I was confirmed in the fall of 2015.
We are thrilled that you are considering a mission trip with us. It is no small task to bring a group of youth and adults to Mountain T.O.P., so it is with gratitude that I extend my appreciation to the work you will be investing into this trip. Below is an overview of the 2019 Summer Registration Packet. Please review the packet and reach out if you have any questions!
Being on summer staff this year was one of the best experiences that I think I have ever had. But, I certainly can’t take any of that credit myself. My personal staff, The Bake Babes, have helped me in that short time we were a group grow to become a better person, Christian, musician, and corn hole player.
The fact that there are four needs that we hit as a ministry. I wholeheartedly believe that in order for revival to be successful, you must hit all 4 needs: spiritual, social, emotional, and physical. The great part about this ministry is a lot of people tend to forget, not know about, or even just overlook that there is poverty in our own backyards, so through Mountain T.O.P., I am able to serve and work with people in these impoverished communities to help build a better future.
What did bread making, storybook reading, and Fish School cheers have in common? They were all a part of an experience at Day Camp! Over the months of June and July, we hosted over 100 kids for multiple weeks of camp that included everything from prayer journaling to feeding goats.