Thursday, July 6 – Avery County, NC

Thursday morning started with devotions led by Pastor Matt based upon 1 Tim 6:17-19, which reads:

As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

The devotion invited us to think of the ways that we arrived at ASP with intentions to help people who are “poor” or “unfortunate” but found that the people we are meeting have riches to share with us that are of infinitely greater value than what the world defines as wealth. We also began to think of the next mission trip we will take: the trip back home. Returning the normal life, we will meet people who, even though they live in expensive homes in affluent communities, are not fortunate to have spent time on ASP. We began to think how we will meet them where they are and love them while still remaining changed by our week in Appalachia. We prayed for the families we are serving and the people we will be reunited with at home (all by name) as we sang “Sanctuary”.

Pastor Matt & Luke the Monkey joined team Nama-Stay the Night. After greeting their homeowners and setting up, the crew divided into a bathroom team that started cutting drywall and lumber and a siding team that continued progress on the back wall of the house. In the bathroom, work continued on the ceiling while siding made its way across the back of the house. Melora and Pastor Matt spent time with one of the girls who lives there. She showed them her excellent gymnastics skills while they did some extra work to make her trampoline safer to use. She also helped Melora spread stone in a muddy spot in the driveway. The team sprinted to the porch when a rain shower came with no warning. Nicely, there was room to cut drywall for the bathroom on the porch. During lunch in the driveway, the crew prepared for “Theme Song Thursday”. Each team is to prepare a theme song to perform at the evening picnic for their family. In a beautiful act of relationship building, the team included their family in the song and will all sing it together. Work continued through the afternoon and both projects made great progress.

Team Urban Jungle finished flooring and baseboards, completed the back porch railings and started constructing a gate for the front porch.

Team Ruffles and Feathers continued great progress with florring throughout the house.

Team Off Tropic removed a bathroom floor, but found multiple layers of flooring beneath that needed to be addressed.

Team Jump in my Jumpsuit made great progress on the roof, including impressive skills developed among the younger crew members.

Thursday evenings at ASP are reserved for the community picnic, which includes an invitation for all our families to join the ASP volunteers for dinner. Each team wrote and performed a “theme song” (or poem) for the crowd. Every team’s was memorable and fantastic. It was a wonderful night of fellowship.

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