A missions team from Southeast builds a storage area in a barn at Stormhaven Youth Ranch in Shelbyville.

Though COVID-19 paused international mission trips in March, missions has never stopped. 

Since the focus of Southeast Christian Church’s Missions Ministry is to empower local churches around the world, outreach continued through partners in villages, slums, refugee camps, schools and countries closed to the Gospel.

During mandated isolation in Kentucky and Indiana, teams followed protocol to deliver meals to healthcare workers, supplies to seniors, stock food pantries, make masks and donate personal protection equipment to those who needed it most.

Last week, Southeast organized its first local missions trip since the pandemic. A team of 16 people served at a barn and former night club in Shelbyville, Kentucky, Oct. 22-24.

This mission trip was modeled after Southeast’s U.S. and international trips in all aspects. The team registered for the trip, had a first team meeting to meet each other, a day retreat where they dug down into the daily agenda, and then on their first night attended a community transformation envision training. During their time serving, they had morning devotions and nightly debriefs.

At Stormhaven Youth Ranch, where kids facing life issues are paired with rescued horses, a team constructed a storage area in a former tobacco barn. They hammered, sawed, lifted beams and filled potholes in arenas, as they followed CDC safety precautions.

But it was never about the task, though Stormhaven founders Mike and Gaye Cox are grateful. They run on faith. There is no fee to come to the ranch.

Surrounded by rescued horses nibbling on hay, the team served kids they may never meet. They learned each horse’s story and learned how to build a relationship with a horse. As children are paired with a horse, God does a remarkable work of healing and restoration.

A second team working a few miles away turned an old nightclub into a chapel/community center for the Veteran’s Village, a place where veterans can live in peace, work and get on their feet in a setting that supports and honors their service. It, too, is a place of healing and restoration.

Southeast has 45 local missions partners throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Upcoming missions trips will focus on caring and supporting them. The long term goal is to forge strong ties with ministries close to home.

You can be part of upcoming trips to homeless ministries, pregnancy centers, food pantries and missions organizations close to home. Check out the list at www.southeastchris

Read more about the Stormhaven trip on this page. Read more about the Veteran’s Village trip on Page 10.