The St. John Home Repair Ministry/Appalachian Service Project (ASP) welcomes high-school age youth and adults to join us for our 2022-2023 program. For more information, please check out our brochure.
Here’s a look at last summer’s trip
- Social Media Permission Form for youth
- Need to complete and return – WorkCamp Liability Release Adults (updated 03/30/2022)
- Need to complete and return – WorkCamp Liability Release Minors (updated 03/30/2022)
Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia
Appalachia Service Project envisions the eradication of substandard housing in Central Appalachia and the transformation of everyone who comes in contact with this ministry.
- We believe that each person is a child of God imbued with dignity and worth.
- We accept people right where they are and just the way they are.
- We believe that all people should be able to live in affordable, safe, and sanitary housing.
- We are committed to witness through the good quality of our work and careful stewardship of our resources.
- We believe God calls people to serve others as volunteer partners in ministry and we will encourage their growth in faith as they answer this call.
- Where ASP is involved in local communities we will encourage, affirm, and support the fair and just treatment of people.
- We believe in ministering in the spirit of love, acceptance, and hopefulness
History of ASP with St. John United and St. John the Evangelist
Since the Summer of 1980, St. John United, Inc. (SJU) having its home at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center (WLIFC), has sponsored a Christian home repair ministry (HRM) that participates in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP).
The “Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia.” This group is open to all those interested in participating regardless of religious affiliation.
In addition to serving in Appalachia, this group serves locally in Columbia and Howard County. It consists of high-school student volunteers and adult volunteers (typically 23 years old and older). The local service has been an integral part of this ministry. The HRM is led and run by adult volunteers.
In the Fall of 1990, SJU invited St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church (SJERC) to join them in this Christian Ministry of service, following the example Jesus gave all disciples as he washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper (John 13:14-15 NAB Revised Edition):
“If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash on another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
Our Continuing Commitment
Each of the churches and the volunteers witnessed the power of Christ’s love and grace in action through their combined efforts in this home repair ministry. We build on the foundation of God’s unending grace and receive this opportunity to participate in this relational ministry to provide home repair in our local community and with the community in Appalachia through the Appalachia Service Project.
Since in the beginning, the ministry has been led by adult volunteers committed to establishing and maintaining a ministry that provides a safe, Christian environment that enriches the faith live of all volunteers, SJU and SJERC through making homes “warmer, safer and drier”.
Through the working of the Holy Spirit, each youth and adult volunteer brings their gifts and talents to this program, dedicating themselves to this ministry with a generous heart. The volunteer leaders have given, and continue to give their, gifts and talents, guiding the program and working with leaders from both SJU and SJERC, to build and strengthen the program.
The success of this program is a testament to the hard work and commitment to service of the past leaders of each church, and of the volunteer home repair services ministry group. This program continues due to the strong commitment of all parties to the Christian ministry of service exemplified by HRM.