ASP Affirmations

Posted: July 5, 2013 in Youth & Family Ministry
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ASP Affirmations

Warm & Fuzzies

Warm & Fuzzies

ASP has a tradition called “The Warm & Fuzzies Wall.” Volunteers decorate a brown paper bag with their name on it. Through the week, everyone is encouraged to write down notes of affirmation and encouragement and place them in the bags. I decided that my handwriting is too sloppy for handwritten notes. More importantly, I wanted to share these affirmations not just in person, but with everyone. I want the whole world to know what an incredible group God brought together to make this week an amazing blessing and a wild success! What is written below is what I shared in person with each team member after our final day of service in Hinton, WV.


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Katharine

Katharine: your enthusiasm and courage to do ASP last year and then bring the idea to St. Luke and convince us to take this trip is the reason why we are here today. You were also very helpful in giving us all an idea of what to expect along the way.

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Gillian

Gillian: along with Katharine, you showed that “girl power” isn’t just a slogan or a novelty. It’s simply who you are and what you do: jumping gladly into the middle of whatever job needs done and doing it well.

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Sam

Sam: in addition to being a great member of the team, you did something very special: you became a real friend to the boy living at your work site. That will have an impact that lasts just as long as the repairs done to his house.

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Jamie

Jamie: every time I looked, you were busy working. Every time I heard you say something, it was funny and made your team stronger. Every time we played liar’s dice, you were the best player at the table.

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Dave

Dave: what a fantastic balance of focus and humor you brought to both the work site and to our trip. Always on task, but always with a smile (or smirk) to go with your sly sense of humor.

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Gary

Gary: you led your team both by example and by equipping. The next step in the project was always clear, even when it meant crawling under the house in the mud to make a plan. Every time a task came up, equipping a youth team member was a priority.

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth: you were at the center of the relationship-building that happened with the family your team worked with. We know them better and care for them more because of the conversations you initiated.

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John

John: just like at St. Luke, you were quick to step in wherever there was something to do: for both of our teams, for other teams, and as the barbecue grill master for half of Hinton, WV. You brought a smile and a connection to every person we encountered along the way: the volunteers, the families, the ASP staff. Even the guy at the landfill.

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Steve

Steve: your focus on excellent work at the house coupled with fun and bumpy free-for-alls in the van made for a memorable, satisfying and successful week for Team Nutty Banana. You always put in the extra effort and also helped your team faithfully reflect on their experience.

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Amani

Amani: in addition to working on your team’s house, you also did a great job of taking care of a little boy who was hard to keep up with. Sharing your iPhone with him to play games made a huge difference.

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Kim

Kim: your compassion for the family you met in Hinton is deep and very real. It was evident through both your concerns and frustrations as well as the ways you responded personally as you really connected to them over the course of the week. Your work leading up to this week was fantastic and your investment in both the youth of St. Luke and the people of Appalachia has been show both by your words and your actions.

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Miranda

Miranda: every time I saw you on the work site, you were hard at work. You were focused on doing a good job and now there’s a little girl who has a beautiful new bedroom.

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Mason

Mason: you showed great leadership during the week. This was most obvious when you volunteered to lead the dinner prayer for the entire group and when you started recruiting everyone to come back next year for more ASP.

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Natalie

Natalie: you were dedicated and creative in getting the job the done: from digging a trench to painting to cleaning up the tools. You were always there when needed and ready to help.

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Michael

Michael: I can’t imagine how many times you heard your name yelled by a certain little boy that never ran out of energy and always wanted all of yours, too. You were also the greatest partner in leading songs for evening gathering and morning devotions. How happy was I to play music together? As happy as someone who just saved a lot of money by switching to GEICO!

Robby

Robby

Robby: this trip happened because of your hard work. Every detail came together just as it needed to. You have challenged St. Luke to embrace traditions of service that will equip young disciples to become people that know how to serve. We have found a good one in ASP!

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Comments
  1. Annie Webb says:

    My reply is moist eyes and pride in my heart that two of the most precious people in my universe participated in this amazing trip. I can’t wait to hug them tight, then still have open arms for the rest of you!

  2. Bill Baver says:

    These are VERY INSPIRING! Again – so proud to have you all represent St. Luke and show what the team can do! You are awesome – and I am sure Pastor Matt, we could come up with a few good phrases and words for you. Thanks for your dedication and leadership (and communications) as well!

  3. Gigi Miller says:

    Awesome! It was nice to follow the adventure vicariously through the blog. What a wonderful opportunity for all involved. Can’t wait to hear more of the stories.

  4. Conrad Ogletree says:

    What a fantastic way to give and the rewards you all will get will continue throughout your lives. You are each wonderful.

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