Youth Appalachia Service Project: Update

By Paul Cizek, Youth Minister

Since launching Holy Family’s first Appalachia Service Project this past January, much has happened.  Here’s the scoop:

  • For those who don’t know, Appalachia Service Projects (ASP) are week long mission trips for youth 14-18 years old in the Appalachian mountain region.  Teams of 5 youth and 2 adults do light construction projects to help make homes in the region warmer, safer, and drier for those in need.  ASP has been in operation for over 40 years.
  • 11 youth and 4 adults have joined the Holy Family crews, making up two work crews.  10 of us are members of Holy Family and the other 5 are friends of our youth.
  • Our week of ASP is July 21-27.  We will be working in Watauga, NC, just north of Boone, NC.  We will be staying at a local elementary school, eating in the cafeteria, and sleeping in classrooms.  Each work crew will work at one home in Watauga for the whole week.
  • We have begun and will continue our preparations for ASP on a few Sunday afternoons this summer.  During these times, we will get to know one another through games and activities, we’ll learn a little bit about the Appalachian region and Watauga, we’ll learn some basic carpentry skills to  get familiar with hammers, saws, tape measures, and chalk lines.  We’ll also eat together and clean-up together to nurture our bodies and our common life, and begin learning how to live together and work together.

Please keep us in your prayers as we explore this work with ASP in western North Carolina.  May we discover that Christ is already there among the poor when we arrive.

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