Buckhorn's Presbyterian History

 The tiny town of Buckhorn Kentucky is home to three institutions that all trace their history back to the same visionary: a Presbyterian minister from Brooklyn with a heart for children. Buckhorn Lake Area Presbyterian Church , also known as the "Log Cathedral," is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buckhorn Children & Family Services , originally founded as an orphanage, is a Presbyterian ministry cares for children who are victims of trauma, abuse, and neglect. Buckhorn School is a K-12 school of about 350 students.  While it became a public school in the 1950's, it maintains its traditional connection with the Presbyterians.

How Can You Help?

 Thanks to the generosity of many people, including a grant from Beaver-Butler Presbytery, the trip is fully funded.  What we need most of all is prayer!  Please make prayers for safety (both for the team and for those we are working with) your top priority.  Please also pray that we can be effective in our efforts, and that our time in Buckhorn bears witness to Christ's love.

Who Is Going?

 Our work team of twelve people come from four different churches.  The team members range in age from 15 to 75, with three women and nine men.  Our team members bring with them a wide range of skills to address the challenges we will face.  The team will sleep in the bunkhouse of a children and family services ministry that the Presbyterian Church operates in the town of Buckhorn.  We will prepare our own meals and end each day with devotions and time for reflection.

Why We Are Going

 In July 2022, eastern Kentucky was devastated by massive flooding that dominated the national news for weeks.  Two years later the rest of the world has moved on, while those affected by the flooding continue to suffer.  In particular, the town of Buckhorn dealt with flooding that heavily damaged their K-12 school.  Two years later, students still have to be bussed to another school an hour away and across two mountains.  This school, which was founded by Presbyterians, is largely rebuilt but still needs work to be done in order to open its doors to students in August. Watch this news report on how the floods devastated Buckhorn Watch this news report to learn how, nine months later, not much has changed.