HISTORY OF ASP
The 2018 Appalachia Trip (through Appalachia Service Project, Inc.) is a mission trip sponsored by Friends of Appalachia Inc. Friends of Appalachia, Inc. (FOA) is a Trumbull, Connecticut based 501c3 Community Organization, open to all, which strives to educate and sensitize youth and adult volunteers to address the needs of the impoverished people in Central Appalachia.
ASP was originally a program of the United Methodist church. Now, an independent, non-profit corporation. It is a christian ministry open to all participants and denomination. ASP encourages teens to understand their home repair work as “Faith in Action”. In their words: “ASP provides vital housing services to low-income families living in Central Appalachia as well as transformation life experienced to those we serve, volunteers offering their service, congregations involved with ASP, and entire communities.”
ASP runs its Summer Program for either weeks each summer, at work centers throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Teens come from all over the country to do their week of work. The work the teens do basic home repair. To learn more about ASP, visit their website at www.asphome.org
The Gospel of acceptance, love and sacrificial giving is needed by all..."As you do it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you do it unto me." This Gospel of Jesus, of acceptance, love and sacrificial giving is needed by all. As we experience this Gospel, we seek to share it with others.
Out of this desire to share, Glenn "Tex" Evans became concerned with the people of Appalachia. As a United Methodist minister serving people through the Henderson Settlement in eastern Kentucky, Tex understood the needs of the people throughout the area. As the needs became apparent to Tex, so did the willingness of youth groups anxious to serve others. Tex was able to bring together both the needs and this desire to serve when he joined the staff of the Board of Discipleship, Section on Evangelism, of the United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. ASP then became a reality through the commitment of church youth and their counselors to minister to others.
Since 1976, ASP has been an independent, non-profit corporation. ASP continues a close relation with the United Methodist Church, however, continues to welcome participation from any denomination.
2009 - "Putting Faith Forward"
2010 - "Eyes on the Prize: Racing to Serve"
2011 - "Follow the Word, Transform the World"
2012 - "All for One"
2013 - "Radical Reversal"
2014 - "Apostello, Life on Purpose"
2015 - "Becoming" Walking Like Christ"
2016 - "Handiwork - Created to Serve"
2017 - "Love in Action"
2018 - "Called to Action" 50th Anniversary Celebration
RADIO/PODCASTS WV Public Broadcasting
WV Public Broadcasting
The Front Porch
Us & Them: 'You're Either a Hiller or a Creeker' By TREY KAY • AUG 23, 2017
Appalachia-Bound: The Unheard Story of America's Coal Country
Because This is Where They Live Hear from ASP's founder himself, the Rev. Glenn "Tex" Evans, about the roots of ASP and the work that we do.
Many Hands: Rebuilding Appalachia Published on 13 Jan 2015 A presentation of OpportunityLives.com Executive Producer: John Hart A Citygate Films Production
Hidden America: Children of the Mountains
Movie: The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle Trailer (2017)
Movie: Blood on the Mountain
October Sky (1999)
Stranger With a Camera (2000)
ARTICLES / BLOGS
This Appalachia Life
The Appalachian Project
Last Breath When a coal miner's lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners. The story of Steve Day and his final vindication. Posted on October 8, 2014, at 9:34 p.m.
50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back By Trip Gabriel April 20, 2014
Death Comes Sooner in Appalachia. It Comes Much Sooner in Eastern Kentucky. BY BILL ESTEP firstname.lastname@example.org AUGUST 24, 2017 5:33 AM
http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article169037857.html What happened when Walmart left In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food by Ed Pilkington in McDowell County, West Virginia July 2017
The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy” FEBRUARY 27, 2017
The visual story of what humans sacrifice in our relentless hunt for coal David Yanofsky & Akshat Rathi August 03, 2017
Rural Appalachia lags the rest of the country in infant mortality and life expectancy By Carolyn Y. Johnson August 7
Life Is Like That by Tex Evans The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How Survivors of One of the worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company – and Won Gerald M. Stern 1976
Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920–21
An Appalachia Reading List https://www.thisappalachialife.com/single-post/2017/07/05/An-Appalachia-Reading-List?fref=gc
Grey Mountain by John Grisham
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Prodigal Summer: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
My Name is Child of God…Not “Those People” Julia Dinsmore
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Name-Child-God-Not-ThosePeople/dp/0806656247/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305625129&sr=1-3 Poem: “My Name Is Not ‘Those People’”
Health Disparities in Appalachia August 2017 PDA, Inc., Cecil G. Sheps Center, Appalachian Regional Commission