Seeing God through ASP

10338335_750661298310944_6301770080796566769_n (1)Each summer Christ the King youth and adults have the opportunity to participate in a week-long mission trip to the Appalachian mountains area through the Appalachia Service Project (known to most of us as ASP). This trip gives adults and youth alike a chance to serve, grow, and learn together.

For those who have gone and served, this is more than just a service trip. 

It's about finding God moments.
"Throughout our ASP mission trip, there were many God moments that I saw. The first God moment was when my group showed up to our homeowner Herbert's home. He had the biggest smile on his face just knowng we would be working with him for the nest five days...When we said our last good byes, we could see the tears welling up in hius eyes and that showed he enjoyed having us around and we had an actual friendship with him." --Jacob Stenstrom, youth

It's about new perspectives. 10464138_752283054815435_5791523763938692242_n
"When I was prepped for this voyage, I learned that poverty was an issue for these folks and that it might be easy to begin to feel sorry for them. After beginning one of the many conversations I had with our host, I had a very clear understanding. These are folks who put God and family above all else; there is no secondary priority. Our host used his porch for the gatherings of friends and family...He made sure that his home was warm and inviting and not being concerned if it was the largest house on the block. He had no car. Anything he needed could be bartered with his neighbors...

"I did not feel sorry for our host. I envied him.

"I have a new friend who will become an old friend.

"Thank you God for all of your wisdom by leading me down this path. You have let the dark out of my heart and you have walked in." --Jim Howard, adult leader

It's about restoring faith. 10498327_751680478209026_2978834763539020122_o
"For me, ASP is not just about building houses--it's about restoring my faith in God and seeing God through a lot of people." --Richmond Seju, youth

This experience is an enduring CtK tradition for a reason. And you can help make it happen. 

"I'm very thankful that the church supports this trip and the youth because without it I don't believe my faith would be as strong and my life would never have felt complete. Thank you for all of your prayers and constant support!" --Rachel Beling, adult leader

Come to the Silent Auction this Sunday, April 26.
By bidding on items like sports tickets, gift baskets, and more, you not only get something fun to bring home but (more importantly) you get to support this transformative, faith-restoring experience for members of our community. 

More at lifeatctk.org/asp

Quotes taken from a book of reflections compiled after the 2014 ASP trip. Pick up a copy by the Welcome Center to read participants' complete reflections.