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Appalachia Service Project

August 2, 2017

Ten persons (three adults and seven youth) from the Webster United Methodist Church went on a mission trip to Kentucky last month through the Appalachia Service Project.

ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation—bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.asp “For 48 years,” their website explains, “we’ve made homes warmersafer, and drier for families and provided transformational service experiences for volunteers.”

The team from Keokuk County joined up with a mission group from First United Methodist Church in Iowa City to make the trip together. “This 2-year effort has been well received and supported,” explained their pastor, Charles Klink, “by both the Keswick and Webster churches as well as the communities.”

This mission trip is the first such mission trip in memory that they have undertaken as a congregation. The team worked hard getting prepared for this trip. They received personal financial commitments from the participants. They raised funds with food events and by gathering up cans and bottles from the people of the community to recycle for deposit money. Most importantly, they provided personal mission clean-up and repairs for persons and families of the community in the spirit of the ASP experience in Kentucky.

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