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The Journey to the Summit: Photos from 40 years of Mountain T.O.P.

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People usually have a lot to say about turning 40.  It’s a big milestone in the life of a person and people handle it a number of ways.  Here are a few of the more popular reactions:

  • Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.
  • I’m not 40, I’m eighteen with 22 years experience.
  • Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. – Charles M. Schultz
  • Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times. – Helen Rowland

Here on the Mountain as we look back over these 40 years there a lot of things we could say about turning 40. The life of MTOP has had its ups and downs. The programs have grown in number and in size. The needs of the community have changed through the years and we have done our best to adjust.  We have taken turns I don’t think anyone could have ever expected and have gotten where we are today because of those turns in the road.

I think the only thing to say is how grateful and humbled by where this ministry is today. At the George Bass Brick and Mortar Dinner at the end of February we had speakers from every decade of Mountain T.O.P’s history speak about the changes and growth in that time. Every single speaker shared about how incredible it has been to be a part of what God has done in this ministry and how no one could have imagined where we are today.

As a way to celebrate all the good work that has been done, all that God has provided, all the lives changed in and out of camp, we wanted to show a glimpse of the past 40 years in a slideshow. Not only can you see some incredible pictures of families, worships, staffs, and camps, but also some incredible ’80s hairstyles.


Keep sending in your pictures to olivia@mountain-top.org of your time on the mountain. Be sure to include what year it is from and what program it was.  We’ll be sharing more pictures and slideshows throughout the year!

Share Your Story

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Mountain T.O.P. has been serving on the Cumberland Plateau for 39 years.  In the 2015 we want to celebrate our 40th year of ministry through sharing the impact this ministry has had through your stories and photos. Was it your first mission?  Was it your first time leading a group on a mission?  Who did you meet?  What made the most impact on your life?  How did you connect with God?  Did you hear your call to ministry here?

Share your experiences by emailing them to info@mountain-top.org.  We can’t wait to hear how God moved through you while you were here, and how you carried your experiences to the valley below.


2014 Summer AIM. How Can You Help?

Dear Friends,

IMG_3722Mountain TOP is entering its 39th summer of life changing ministry. We have completed staff training and are in the process of finalizing projects and programs for the volunteers that start arriving this Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing how lives are transformed again this summer. It is a true joy to watch staff, volunteers and the families we work with transform through the love of Christ. There is no paycheck big enough to replace that joy.

I am writing you today to seek your help. Our Adults in Ministry summer program is in need of volunteers. The staff is trained and very excited, families with needs identified, funds for projects acquired and children & youth have signed up for Kaleidoscope, Summer Plus and Quest. What we are missing are volunteers.

How You Can Help

  • Come as a volunteer (It’s OK to come more than once)
  • Share our need with your church, Sunday School Class, family, friends, co-workers, fellow retirees
  • Pray

Summer AIM Dates

  • June 15 – 21 Major Home Repair & Kaleidoscope
  • June 29 – July 5 Major Home Repair & Summer Plus
  • July 13 – 19 Major Home Repair & Quest
  • July 31 – August 3 Weekend Major Home Repair Only


It saddens me to think that our family’s needs will go unmet; that our children and youth won’t experience Christ’s love through our summer programs and that a committed staff will go under-utilized.

It is not too late to sign up for any of our Adults in Ministry Weeks or Weekend. Detail information can be found on our new website at www.mountain-top.org. Look under the Adult Mission tab. You can also contact Olivia at Olivia@mountain-top.org or call her at 931-692-3999.

Will you please help us meet our need for volunteers? This work will not get done without the help of God’s loving servants.

Grace & Peace,


Never been to AIM?  Check this video to learn more…