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You may have heard of ASP.  Have you wondered “Well, what is ASP?  What could it mean to me?”.

Here’s one answer:

Volunteer for a week with ASP and you’ll come back a different person.

What is ASP?

The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, whose vision is to eradicate substandard housing in Central Appalachia and equip and inspire lives of Christian service.

Okay.  So what's it to you?

Go with us for one week next summer and you’ll gain new skills, new friends, and whole new confidence in yourself. Best of all, you’ll have a deeper, stronger faith in God.

You see, every summer more than 15,000 teens like you, come to Appalachia to make homes safer, warmer and drier. And we make sure every step of the trip is a real adventure — and a total blast.

At night, you’ll crash in one of ASP’s several summer centers — often a school or community center rented for the summer to put you closer to Appalachia’s remote communities. And after a hearty supper, you’ll enjoy time to hang with your friends, to worship, sing, play games or just think about your Appalachian family and how much you’ve learned.

During the day, you’ll work alongside your friends to lay shingles, replace linoleum, fix foundations and so much more. Your group will get all the tools, construction materials and supervision you need to be productive. Even you’ve never even swung a hammer before, don’t worry — we’ll have you working like a pro in no time.

But ASP is not just about building — it’s about relationships. You’ll spend a lot of time interacting with the family you’ve been assigned to serve. You’ll have fun, share meals, forge friendships and learn lessons that will impact you for the rest of your life.

You’ll find out how people who are a less privileged than you live — and come home feeling so much better about yourself, your family, your whole life. More important, you’ll feel closer to God — and ready to look for new ways to give back to your school, church, your whole community.

In other words, you’ll come back a whole new you!

Great!  What can I do?

The Covenant ASP team is getting ready for our next mission trip.  We usually do our part of the ASP summer mission during a week at the end of June or early July.  If you think you can take a week of your summer and give it to others, getting a whole lot more in return, we would love to have you join us.

Really — it’s a blast.

We have monthly ASP team meetings.  If you want to get in on it, just contact the church office, or Greg Corner at greg.corner@covumc.com.