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ASP 2012 Reflection - Gina Finio

July 17, 2012

One of the things I found at ASP is that the bond you make with the family can be just as important as the construc-tion you do on their house. Another thing I found was that the people in Carter County, Tennessee whose houses we were working on did not have some of the things we take for granted. Running water, safe floors, sturdy walls, a good roof. Yet, they are the people that are the most thankful and had the most love for each other. I didn't get to know the other families very well, but from stories that I've heard from everyone, they were filled with lots of love. The man whose house we worked on, his name was Russell. His girlfriend, Joan, lived up the street, and another Covenant ASP team was working on her house. The love that Russell had for Joan was truly inspiring to watch. He had almost nothing, but anything he did have, he gave to Joan. She didn't have running water, and he would bring her any water he could get a hold of. Everything he said somehow ended up relating back to her. One day he badly cut his thumb, and we gave him one of our first aid kits so that he could take care of it, even after we left. The first thing he said was that it would come in handy to help Joan. This selfless love that he had for her was amazing and inspiring. It was unconditional, pure, and everlasting. Although I had a lot of fun and have many memories from ASP, this is what truly touched me during my week.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

~ Gina Finio

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