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So bittersweet. OYMT ❤️ ASPThis evening, we gather virtually with the 2020 Summer Staff.

It is such a bitter sweet moment as today would have been the day all of our staff began training on The Porch in Jonesville, Virginia. Due to COVID-19, it is only a small group of our team here, streaming this moment online.

This evening, we took a moment to grieve what has been lost this summer, to pray for the volunteers and staff who are unable to travel to Appalachia, to pray for the families who are awaiting our repairs.

But, we also spent this evening filling the world with a love only ASP Summer Staff can! We sang, we laughed, and we reminisced, we looked to the future. We won’t let this virus stop us. ASP is still here, and we can’t wait to gather together on the porch again soon. Thank you 2020 Summer Staff. We love you! #ASPhome #SummerStaff
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Timeline PhotosLet’s get started with #ASP101

Today we will dive into our H I S T O R Y and there is no better way to do so than to introduce you to our founder, Tex.

In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans — a United Methodist minister — became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor.

During Tex’s 13 years as director at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky, he witnessed the great need for home repair assistance. So as part of his already-thriving outreach to the people of Appalachia, he recruited 50 teens and adult volunteers to repair homes in Barbourville, Kentucky. They worked on-site during the day and worshiped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had safe, warm homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever — and a longstanding legacy was born.

But Tex was more than a leader; he was a born motivator. A true student of Appalachian culture and a legendary storyteller, he set the tone for what ASP is today: an extended family where laughter is king. Where relationships matter. And where changing the lives of families and volunteers alike is the highest priority of all.

We thank Tex for creating a vision that has lasted more than 50 years, he is the reason we are here today, he is the reason for ASP! You can learn more about ASP on our website, www.ASPhome.org. And be sure to check back later this week as we continue to dive into #ASP101

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Hello Orthodox Youth Mission Team CT/NY,

Glory to Jesus Christ!

In the interest of safety first we will be postponing Training # 3 scheduled to take place in Danbury on 3/15 and in Orange on 3/22. Stay tuned for updates on our Tool Training day on April 4th.

Please give any stock that you have received to Lynne or Shaun.

Stay safe and continue to pray for all of those affected by the virus.

In Christ, Susan
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