HARRISBURG – We pray this year is starting well for you, your family and your ministry. Working with Appalachian Regional Ministry, we have enjoyed hearing from many of you about how God used Christmas backpacks in your community last year. We are grateful that Southern Baptists throughout several states are beginning to make plans for this year’s collection. Pray with us that this outreach will reach hundreds of people with the gospel as it has in years past.

Last year through Appalachian Regional Ministry and the Mississippi River Ministry 53,589 Christmas Backpacks were delivered to ministry centers and churches for distribution. I know that you rejoice with us in the 1,471 salvations decisions that were made.

Attached is the Christmas backpack application for this year in both Word and Adobe PDF. If you would like to receive backpacks or partner with a church that could help you host a Christmas event, please fill this out and send back to us. It would be helpful to receive these completed applications by April 1, 2017. That would allow us to begin April 3 to partner your ministry with churches that are willing to help you. Please indicate the number of Christmas Backpacks that you need according to gender and age. We cannot guarantee any specific number as we are dependent upon those who participate.

Many of you have returned the volunteer request forms and food funds applications we mailed out in September. If you have not returned these, it is not too late.  Remember that we are only able to help those who return signed applications.  This past year, over 85,000 volunteers served throughout the Appalachian Region. We know the needs are great, but there are many who desire to assist you in your work. It is our privilege to link your hands with volunteers from many states.

May God bless you as you continue to reach your community for Christ through compassionate ministry. We appreciate your faithful service.


Kathie Aiken

Dewey and Kathie Aiken
National Mission Service Corps Missionaries- NAMB
Appalachian Regional Ministry
19 Connestee Rd
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 553-7694
(828) 553-8785


Appalachian Regional Ministry is a ministry of the North American Mission Board and is made possible through your gifts to the Cooperative Program and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering

2017 ARM Christmas Backpacks Application- W

2017 ARM Christmas Backpacks Application- A