Three Forks Baptist Association Announces a Season of High Country Impact

Last Updated on May 25, 2023 11:12 am

When: May, 2023 through October 2023

Where: Watauga, Ashe and Avery Counties 

The Three Forks Baptist Association announced a Season of High Country Impact at their 184th meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at Greenway Baptist Church. 

In the past there was a one day emphasis usually in September where churches of the association were encouraged to do an outreach project or multiple outreach projects in their communities and surrounding areas in the High Country on that particular day. This year instead of a one day emphasis, the Missions Team of the association is encouraging churches to use the six month time frame to do at least one project or multiple projects to serve their community or neighboring communities in the High Country. 

High Country Impact evolved through the years from what has been called Operation InAsMuch and Impact Watauga. It is a time where churches in the association are encouraged to get out of their seats and into the streets! 

“High Country Impact is a great way for churches to show their community that they love and care about them. Whether it's by partnering with their local school, or Fire Department or by reaching out to the Watauga Council on Aging or Department of Social Services to find those who may have particular needs. Many of our churches also use this time to bless local businesses and thank them for what they do for our community. We were thankful to have at least ten local organizations present at our Spring Semi-Annual meeting giving our churches the opportunity to find out more about how they help people in our community. We have some great organizations doing some really good things. I’m blessed to serve a great association of churches and help to encourage them to not just be about the Great Commission, go and make disciples of nations, baptize them and teach them to obey the scriptures (Matthew 28:19-20). But to also be obedient to the Great Commandment, which is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). – Wesley Smith, Director of Missions, Three Forks Baptist Association 

“Among the projects Mount Vernon has participated in within our community, we anticipate continuing to include our members in serving at the Hunger and Health Coalition and at the annual Back to School Festival.  Each of these opportunities provide huge help to bless people in our area and to allow us to connect with people who have not yet come to know the LORD.”- Bud Russell, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care & Adult Discipleship, Mount Vernon Baptist Church

“High Country Impact has been a special day set aside each year for our churches to emphasize mission outreach events and projects.   I am so excited that this year we are setting aside several months for High Country Impact giving our churches more flexibility and time for multiple events and projects.   I love to see churches working together to share the love of Jesus and share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ!  I know there will be a wonderful celebration in October, as our churches come together and share what God has done in our churches and communities through High Country Impact 2023.”- Jackie Lawrence, member at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Missions Team Leader for the Three Forks Baptist Association 

The Three Forks Baptist Association began with ten churches in 1841. They are now a family of thirty one baptist churches in Watauga, Ashe and Avery Counties. The TFBA exists to glorify God by serving local churches to fulfill the Great Commission and demonstrate the Great Commandment. 

For more information you can contact Wesley Smith, Director of Missions at 828-264-4482, or check out their website at

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