In the Fall of 2014, Centennial entered into a three year partnership with the Copper Basin Crisis Center in Ducktown, TN. Al and Margaret Patterson are NAMB missionaries serving the Copper Basin area. Al also serves as the Director of Missions for the Copper Basin Baptist Association. Our goal is to meet needs as they are presented to us. Here are a few of the mission projects we have completed or are planning with Copper Basin:
Backpacks for Appalachia. Centennial churches have collected and delivered over 1800 backpacks to Copper Basin to be used as a Christmas outreach and to meet the needs of children.
Ministry Days. Several churches have taken day trips to Copper Basin to deliver food, clothing, or supplies. Others have spent a day feeding people, providing services like hair cuts, and just loving on the folks.
Mission Trips. The association organized a mission trip in July 2015 which included about 30 people from many of our churches. We organized block parties, preached at the churches, helped with Vacation Bible School, engaged people with the Gospel through door-to-door surveys, provided an opportunity for pastors and their wives to fellowship and participate in a Roundtable Discussion, and worked at the Crisis Center stocking shelves, sorting clothing and other donations, and distributing food. Our team also put a roof and siding on a home. It was a busy week. Our second trip in July 2016 focused primarily on the Crisis Center and a couple construction projects. Our third and final trip of the partnership was in July 2017. Once again we focused on the Crisis Center and some specific construction projects.
Pastor Rountable. We introduced the idea of a Pastor's Roundtable during our mission week and continued to meet with the pastors throughout the year to provide encouragement and support for them.
Revival. Three of our pastors along with the Associational Missionary preached a revival at Coletown Baptist Church which was a wonderful time of ministry. God blessed the church with many participants and several decisions to follow Christ. They baptized several following the revival. It was a great time for the churches of Copper Basin and the churches of Centennial to work together.
Continuing Work. Since our partnership has ended with Copper Basin, we still have churches in our area who are continuing their relationship that were established during this time. Although our association has moved to other partnerships, we are extremely thankful for what God accomplished and continues to accomplish through our time serving with the Copper Basin Crisis Center. If you or your church would like more information about how to connect with Al and Margaret Patterson, please contact us at the Centennial Association and we will be happy to help you.