Frakes, Kentucky

 
 
Trinity has participated in many mission trips over the years. Click a location to learn more.
 

     Since the 1980s Trinity has had a close  relationship with the Frakes, Kentucky community in  the economically depressed  Appalachian  area on the Kentucky -Tennessee border. We have sent numerous mission teams to work with residents under the auspices of the Henderson Settlement. Typically, teams have left Smithfield on Sundays after receiving a special blessing from the minister  and  spent the following week in Frakes working  on various projects to help improve the quality of life for community residents.  Our team coordinator, a role knowledgeably handled  by Simns Jacquette on  most of our trips, has worked with the Henderson Settlement to plan the projects we will work on long before the trip.  Supplies needed for the projects have been paid for by Trinity and are ordered and shipped to Frakes prior to our arrival.  While mission team members may work in a variety of  roles , we mostly renovate and upgrade housing including building steps from the yard to the house, installing indoor plumbing where none had existed before, repairs of all kinds,  building needed additions, and similar projects.

     Mission teams have included  Simns and Ginny Jacquette, Tony Jacquette, Claude and Bettye Thomas,  Arleen  “Sam” White, Larry and Rhonda Evans,  John Rynasko, Bernie and Carolyn Hyman, Steve Jordan, Nita Huff,  Bob and Betty Hill, Johnny and Lynn Stallings, John and Gail Hamilton,  and  Mickey and Carolyn Stallings. On all of these trips, we did the work we were sent to do and we always did additional work!  The Frakes community and the Henderson Settlement are making strides – there is a new elementary school, a community center housing a library with  computers, classes and  programs for women and children, and  programs designed to bring jobs to the community.

     We serve on these mission teams as a way we can help those in need and we do get a benefit from this ourselves.

Carolyn and Mickey Stallings

     We develop an awareness and  better understanding of others and their needs  and we gain a measure of  self satisfaction in knowing we may have made a difference in their lives.