The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) has become a rite of passage in our youth ministry. Each summer our senior high youth travel to Appalachia to serve low-income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia. The goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff.
This year we have 8 youth and 6 adults going to McCreary County, Kentucky, for ASP on June 17th, returning June 28th. This group is preparing for this trip through regular team meetin
g, selling stock, learning and practicing building skills, decorating boxes to pack in, and praying. This trip is funded entirely through the generous giving of this congregation through the purchase of ASP Stock, as well as donations from friends and family of our youth and adults. We appreciate any help you can give to support this transformative mission opportunity for our youth. Please consider purchasing stock to invest in these students, each working to raise $525 before the trip begins June 17.
We also ask for your support through prayers.Please pray for safe travel; for loving, supportive, harmonious relationships between the members of the team; that we all remain healthy; for safety during construction activities; for warm and loving relationships with the families we meet; that each member of our team will grow in their relationship with Christ and their understanding of the world God loves; and that God will be glorified in every word and action during the trip.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
I’m going on ASP because it is incredibly fulfilling to work and help people and it really makes a difference in people’s lives.
Every year, ASP takes me away from whatever minor troubles I’m having at home, and places me into a family that struggles every day. I am reminded of the blessings God has given. To me, one of the most meaningful engagements is the prayer at the end of a workday. Our team and the family stand in a circle, holding hands and praying. I never know what the family is thinking, but I know that God is listening to us and watching over them, and I’m sure they feel just a little bit more comfort from our presence.
I’m excited about the opportunity to make new friends and deepen acquaintances into friendships among the ASP team members. I’m excited (and a little scared) about giving God my hands, feet, eyes, ears, and heart to use for 10 days for God’s purposes. I’m glad (and a little nervous) to be able to guide and enable these young people to step out in faith with each other.
—Adult First Timer
I would like to go on ASP because I want to help people with their homes and I am very handy with construction. The excitement of traveling to different places to help people is also interesting to me.
—Youth First Timer
I want to go on ASP because I like to help others. Building a home for a family in need would go a long way to making their lives better. I hope that this kind gesture will r
emind them of all the good in the world and give them hope for the future. I also am looking forward to getting to know the family more.
—Youth First Timer