Regional Outreach

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Anderson Hills United Methodist Church and the Outreach Team support many regional missions, sharing the love, care and compassion of Jesus Christ with the under-resourced.


  

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Join a team of adults and high school students in the summer in doing hands-on home repair ministry to serve families in central Appalachia, making their homes safer, drier and warmer. Volunteers repair homes for low-income families. The goal is to make the homes safer, dryer and warmer. Since 1982, Anderson Hills UMC has sent over 1000 volunteers to central Appalachia with ASP. Click here for details of this year's trip.

Jackson, Ohio Area Ministries

Jackson Area Ministries (JAM) is a multi-sponsored church and community ministry located / serving the Appalachian counties of southeast Ohio. The focus of this ministry is to help persons who have lost jobs, who are senior citizens, and families on low income or a fixed income. They offer a garden/seed program every spring where the under-resourced are given plants and seeds to grow their own food. One of our Sunday School classes collects seed packets and monetary donations each year for additional support to this program. JAM also offers work camps for churches to send volunteers to work on housing improvements. Click here to read more about this ministry through the UM General Board of Ministries.

 

The Happy Church 

The Happy Church is located near the city of Jackson, county of Breathitt, Kentucky. They are in the eastern coal field region of the Kentucky (Appalachia) which is the poorest region in the country. The Happy Church is a Christ centered ministry in the most impoverished area in the U.S. Not only do they feed the hungry, clothe the ill-clad, and help the hurting, they teach the young in music, drama, life skills, and more to build their confidence and abilities to break harmful patterns. With God, all things are possible! Visit the Happy Church website here.

Serving at The Happy Church are Janet & Randy Adams. Janet is Dee Harley's daughter. Pastor Randy Adams and wife Janet joined The Happy Church team in January of 2013. Randy was the full time campus pastor at Community Christian Church in Fairfield Twp, Ohio and his duties included, preaching, pastoral care, adult discipleship, counseling, marriage ministry, men's ministry and a few other things. Randy was also a former officer with the Ohio Military Reserve and is currently serving as a volunteer fire fighter and fire department chaplain for the Jackson Fire Department. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Janet was a part time assistant to the church's youth pastor and worked closely with the youth pastor in ministering to the junior and senior high students, focusing on the girls within the group. She also was the past women's ministry leader and was a equal leader with Randy in Community's marriage ministry. Pastor Randy oversees adult ministries and pastoral care while Janet leads the ladies ministry and assists with the teens. Randy and Janet have been involved with various ministries over the years. They spent three years working as inner-city missionaries in the Over-The-Rhine section of Cincinnati.