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National Missions

Welcome to Red Bird Mission

Red Bird Mission and Clinic have been providing ministries in this region of the Appalachian Mountains since 1921. Today the need remains critical in this isolated, rural distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and rugged mountainous terrain provide obstacles to a fuller life for the residents of this area. Red Bird Mission and Clinic strives to meet these needs through ministry in five areas: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity, and Community Housing Improvement.

Support for these ministries come from churches and individuals across the nation. However, in recent years we have seen a decline in the support we are receiving. We are currently facing a financial crisis that is making it difficult to continue all the areas of ministries we provide. Without more funding today, we will have to reduce the level of ministry provided to this community. Your donations to Red Bird Mission and Clinic will help us continue these vital ministries in this distressed region of Appalachia.


Food Security * Shelter * Access to clean water * Health * Self-worth and Love

Spiritual development of people is the foundation of all Jubilees’ work

The main target population of Jubilee’s work is.

In the name of Jesus Christ, helping the people of our region meet their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs.

Global Ministries

Fran Lynch

Wilma Frances (Fran) Lynch

Wilma Frances (Fran) Lynch is a deaconess and missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Willow Church and Community Ministry in Alaska.

Willow is about 75 miles north of Anchorage and Fran coordinates ministry out of the small Willow United Methodist Church. The work includes a community food bank; and assistance with emergency needs, such as firewood, heating fuel, and responding to other issues that arise in small rural communities.

Much of what Fran does is to connect people--those who need assistance with those who can offer it. The food bank, supported by churches and civic groups in Willow, serves some 135 families each month, and also receives help from three government food assistance programs. About half of the food bank volunteers are also recipients of assistance; these persons want to help others in return for what they have received.

Each summer, the ministry partners with the Willow Public Library to provide a meal for all those who attend a summer reading program on Thursdays, and to take books and lunches to families in Caswell Lake, an isolated area 20 miles north of Willow. The summer lunch is specifically for children who would have free breakfast and lunch during the school year. For many families in Caswell Lake, the van with books and lunches may be the only visitors they have all week.

Ms. Lynch arrived in Alaska in November of 1996. The ministry was just taking shape and over the years has grown and shifted to meet changing needs. The one constant is the fact that there are families in Willow who live in poverty, and the church and community have both a responsibility and the ability to help them.

Fran grew up in Holston Conference in Tennessee. She was shaped as a person by her parents' commitment to live the Christian faith. Her father was a minister. She graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee. She was commissioned a deaconess in The United Methodist Church in 1986.

Fran has served in a variety of settings, including Henderson Settlement in the Red Bird Missionary Conference in Kentucky; Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia; and Brevard College, a United Methodist school in Brevard, North Carolina. Her husband, JD, is a retired army pilot.

Wilma Frances (Fran) Lynch is available for Covenant Relationship support in Holston Annual Conference , South Georgia Annual Conference , Western North Carolina Annual Conference .

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