In September, CPC sent 10 volunteers to Jonesville, Virginia to work with the Appalachia Service Project. They’re an organization that serves people in need by making major repairs on their homes.
We hammered. We measured. We painted. Working with the homeowners, we made a better place for the families to live. Our team discovered that when we help those in need, God moves in us. And when we change the lives of others, they have a way of changing us.
Our team was Linda Handyside, Mim Jones, Bess and Jonathan Stober, Carol Taylor, Claudia Mihovik, James Tollerson, Christopher Tabit, Debra Brady, and Joan Zeller. We traveled to the coal mining community of St. Charles about 30 minutes outside of Pennington Gap, VA. We worked on 2 different homes for an elderly couple and their elderly sister. At one home a floor was removed and new floor joists were placed and subfloor replaced. The other home we placed new laminate flooring and vinyl tiles, molding and painted.
During our time working, we found out that ASP is more than a building program — it’s a relationship ministry. We spent a lot of time interacting with the Appalachian family that we helped and found that our cpc group grew closer together as a family too.
Each evening we had an opportunity to join with the 2 other groups working at ASP for our evening meal and devotionals. It was great making new friends and getting to know each other better.
Plus, we got to enjoy some breathtaking scenery. We hope that this ASP trip can become an annual event.