This holiday season I am personally reminded of the gratitude I was so frequently shown from the many families I served while working on ASP summer staff.
A few days ago I received a card from one of my favorite Carter County, TN families, Linda and Larry, whose home ASP repaired in 2013. When my staff and I first met Linda and Larry, whose mobile home was in extensive need of repairs, we were immediately overwhelmed by their kindness.
"The highest service demands greatest sacrifice, but it secures the fullest blessing and the greatest fruitfulness."
- James Hudson Taylor
This year, more than ever, families of Appalachia are praying for you to come serve with them to ensure their homes are warmer, safer, and drier. As you plan for 2015, we ask that you remember that when we are called to serve, we are also called to sacrifice. Our summer calendar is filling up quickly, yet we still have many opportunities for you to come serve with us. We ask that you be flexible in your registration week selection.
In addition to being able to select the specific state where you would like to serve, we have added a sacrificial option, “Anywhere, Put Us Anywhere!” By choosing this option, you are allowing ASP to schedule you where we have the greatest need for volunteers.
Appalachia Service Project (ASP), the Johnson City, Tenn.-based leader in emergency home repair and rebuilding for those in need in Central Appalachia, has been selected by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to receive a $300,000 grant to support its innovative New Build Appalachia initiative. On hand to make the announcement were Congressman Phil Roe M.D. (R-TN), Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge, Community Development Coordinator for the City of Johnson City, Steve Baldwin, and ASP President & CEO, Walter Crouch.
ARC's investment in ASP will enable ASP to construct 33 new homes over three years in the three ARC-designated distressed counties of Cocke, Hancock, and Johnson, as well as in ARC-designated distressed census tracts in Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, and Unicoi Counties. ASP will raise more than $1.2 million in private dollars to support the construction of these homes.
As he stood at the doorway of his completely rebuilt home on Bettie Street Sunday afternoon, James Hammett put first things first.
“If it wasn’t for the good Lord, I don’t know where I’d be standing, but I just want to thank everyone for what they’ve done,” said Hammett to representatives from Central Baptist Church, Appalachia Service Project and the City of Johnson City. All three groups had partnered to demolish the substandard home where Hammett had lived since 1981 and replace it with a brand new, three-bedroom dwelling, complete with furnishings compliments of the church.
The home is one of 10 new houses ASP is building around Washington County as part of “New Build Northeast Tennessee,” a project begun earlier this year.
[This story appears in The Johnson City News & Neighbor.] Read more...
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) provides life-changing short-term Christian mission trip opportunities --
bringing youth, adult, and college volunteers into rural Central Appalachia to make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families in need.
So come on and join us! You'll raise roofs. Fix floors. And build a whole new you!
Appalachia Service Project • 4523 Bristol Highway • Johnson City, TN 37601 • (800) 289-4254 • Info@BuildANewYou.org