Mission to Maine

In the 1940s a young Presbyterian minister, the Rev. William J. Burger, Jr., visited the logging camps of the Northern Forest as a lumberjack sky pilot. In his travels, Bill noticed the large number of rural Maine communities where churches had been closed. Bill’s dream was to organize Presbyterian churches to serve these small towns. Supported by the National Board of Missions, Mission at the Eastward (MATE), a cooperative parish of churches and outreach ministries, was organized in 1954. The first motto of the Mission continues to describe its life: to reach the last house on the last road.

Looking forward to Mission to Maine 2017: July 8 - 15

In 2017, we once again follow in Rev. Burger’s footsteps. This Red Clay mission trip is multi-generational and we welcome all members of the community to join together in communion with God, one another, and new friends from Maine. The nature of this particular trip, and our accommodations, makes it a welcoming environment for people of all ages who are handy with a hammer, are good around the kitchen, are willing to work hard, have good listening skills, and have a heart for God’s mission.


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Click here to read our blog posts and personal testimonies from previous trips. (You'll find photos, too!)


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