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High School Mission:
Appalachia Service Project
ASP 2016 - In The Words of Some of Our Volunteers:
What We Did and What We Learned
This year, we were tasked with framing a roof. This type of project requires meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. And oh, right, good weather. Unfortunately the rain kept us off the roof as much as we were on it. This posed a challenge for me in getting my next serving of ASP goodness and fulfillment. For me, the week became more about getting to know the host family and exploring deeper the slower, simpler life that is led deep in the Appalachia Mountains.
Our project consisted of removing the rotted OSB boards and old tile on their kitchen floor and replacing it. If I have learned anything from this week, it is that we are not fixing these people’s problems, we are serving them. I have realized that Privilege is really a privilege. If you met these people in a public place you would never know that they were living with these problems. This week I entered to learn and I will be leaving to serve.
Our project was formed of many smaller projects, which created one cohesive effort to finish and build the laundry room. We began by insulating and putting drywall on the two exterior walls, while sanding the two interior walls, which did not demand insulation. We then spackled and sanded the two exterior walls, then primed and painted the drywall. Throughout the week, there has been an overarching theme that has connected our work through scripture. This summer’s passage, Ephesians 2:10, conveys the message of us being God’s handiwork. This is very applicable to what we are working on here at ASP, for it enforces the concept of God working and living through us.
Working to keep families
warmer, safer, and drier
in Summers County, West Virginia
A few glimpses into the fellowship that accompanied every act of service...
Click on the image above to access the blog of our 2016 experiences in West Virginia.
Sunday, June 18- Saturday, 24
Our ASP summer trip is open to all 9th-12th graders who have been part of SPC's youth group this year. Trip information and application forms are now available! Time is of the essence; there are cost incentives to signing up by January 31, and penalties for registering after February 28.
Click on the poster (right) to read more, and download the registration form here: ASP Registration 2017.