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ASP 2015 Reflection - David Petz

July 12, 2015

Good morning. My name is Dave Petz and this is my first year with ASP. It was not my intent to participate. My daughter Amanda wanted to join and I accompanied her at the first meeting back in September. After listening to the details about the program and watching some video of past years trips I thought that I might be able to help. I joined the group in November and began my journey to Becoming and Walking like Christ.

We arrived in Harlan County Kentucky last Sunday afternoon. The county was mountainous and beautifully decorated with green everywhere but desperately needing a boost in their economy. Shortly after arriving we (the group leaders) met with the staff and the other church group leaders, to get our work assignments. My group was assigned to a home that was signed on just one day before we arrived and was told it needed a lot of work! By the way my group consisted of Pete Weiss (the other group leader) and the youth, Laura grub, Erin Gamble, Sam Ohara and Nathan Ridgley.

We had been teamed up with a group from Salem, Maryland. Laura and I visited the home on Sunday night along with two members, Fred(GL) and Blake, of the other group. The homeowners Mary and John lived there and had two of their sons living with them along with at least 3 of their grandchildren. We were introduced to the family and began our evaluation. After evaluating this home and seeing what we were up against Fred and I began to talk and come up with a plan to begin this project. This was one of my God moments. Seeing what this family had to live with and endure, we had to help this family.

Each day we would begin our day with a devotion, breakfast, make lunch and then grab our materials and go out to the home to begin our work. We would always make extra lunches for the family members so that they could join us. Each lunch we began in prayer and then followed by fellowship. Mary and two of the grandchildren would join us each day for lunch. This fellowship was important as it helped me to get to know each of the family members and as well the group members.

Our group had to help the other group get the house foundation properly supported before any other work could take place. This home was literally ready to collapse. The foundation had been compromised by erosion and carpenter ants. The support columns had to be replaced and new forms had to be poured and set. After getting some of the supports built and in place we then could start and remove the porch that was collapsing.

We as a group worked so well together and worked well with the other group. We all worked as a team to achieve one goal and that goal was to make this home Safer and more comfortable for this family. We had set backs as we walked this journey but with the guidance of Jesus and the team's determination we were able to get most of the difficult work accomplished and leave with a sense of accomplishment. We were Becoming and Walking like Christ. This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

My story could go on and on. I had a life changing experience and was Overwhelmed with the feeling of joy and accomplishment.

There is a song written and sung by a Christian band, Big Daddy Weave and the first few lyrics say this:

I see the work of Your Hands Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God All that You are is so overwhelming I hear the sound of Your Voice All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God All that You are is so overwhelming

I saw the works of his hands and heard the thundering sound of his voice last week and it was Overwhelming!

I am so proud of our Covenant ASP team and my team for the energy and their response to those in need. I look forward to serving next year and the years to come.

Thank you.

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