The Great Smoky Mountains in NC is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. MTW Missionaries Scott and Ruth Hill, along with their children, Jona-than and Katie, live in and serve the Cherokee community and are assisted by the work of short-term teams. A “family friendly” mission where all ages are welcome, it is an excellent place for first time missions experience.
Teams stay at Goose Creek Campground which MTW leases from the Cherokee tribe. The campground includes 10+ acres with cabins (air-conditioned), two bathhouses, and sites available for RV’s and tents. Teams need only bring bedding (sheet/blanket or sleeping bag) and pillow. Meals are served in the dining hall where teams help with serv-ing and clean up. Like all mountain communities, the weather is unpredictable. Nights are often cool even when the day is quite warm. Cherokee is approximately 3 hours northwest of Atlanta, GA, 1.5 hours west of Asheville, NC, and 2 hours southeast of Knoxville, TN.
The People: Tsi-La-Gi
The Eastern Band of Cherokee are the remnant of those left behind when their families and friends were removed to Oklahoma in 1838 on the tragic “Trail of Tears.” From that remnant of 1,000, there are now over 14,000 enrolled in the Eastern Band with over 12,000 living on the 60,000 beautiful acres of reserva-tion. Like most Native American tribes, the Cherokee have always been a spir-itual people. But unlike many tribes, they traditionally worshipped the Great Spirit, one God.
$465 per person. Family discounts available:
Husband + wife = $85 discount for the wife
Parent + teen = $85 discount for the teen
Parent + child (age 6-12) = $180 discount for the child
Parent + child (age 0-5) = $385 discount for the child
Ministry during the day, group worship/home visitation various evenings. Half day off on Wednesday afternoon. There are many cultural, scenic, and recrea-tional opportunities for teams to experience and enjoy. Bring spending money for Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday’s evening meal.