We Are About Relationships
You may have heard of Appalachia Service Project (ASP), a home repair ministry serving the poor making homes “safer, warmer & dryer.” Our youth have taken four trips in the past decade, but during the most recent spring break, we took a group of families from Christ UMC to Jonesville, Virginia, to repair homes. What an awesome experience we had! Five work crews (including 10 families) split up and installed a shower, ran plumbing lines underneath a house, completed one wheel chair ramp, started another ramp, hung tin underpinning on a trailer home, repaired a deck, severely altered the side of a mountain with a jackhammer, and best of all, we met some amazing families.
This particular trip will always stand out because of how our families worked together. Parents collaborated with their sons and daughters to dig, hammer, shop for supplies, cut, prepare lunches and clean up our mission center. And they enjoyed it! Did I mention we spent time shopping for supplies? We brought the love of Christ (from Christ UMC) and experienced the love of Christ through the families we met and worked with. Last but not least, thank you for supporting our youth ministry by enabling our families to help the needy in Appalachia. Here are a few more thoughts from those who participated: