Appalachia Service Project, Inc. (ASP) is a Christian non-profit organization headquartered in Johnson City, TN. Their vision is to eradicate substandard housing in central Appalachia. They work in five states (TN, NC, VA, WV, KY) and in just over 30 counties. This is an account of some of the work I did and what the experience entailed.
In the fall of 2013, I joined with 250 other students and attended Iris Global's Harvest School of Missions in Pemba, Mozambique. Iris Harvest School is a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led, hands-on, in the dirt, evangelistic missions training school, like no other mission training school, set in the Village of Joy at the Arco-Iris base, Pemba, Mozambique. Iris Global is an organization whose mission is to be "a Christian organization committed to expressing a living and tangible response to those commandments that Jesus called greatest: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
In March 2011, I went with a group to Israel for a week. To say it was something I'll never forget doesn't even begin to describe it, but here are a few of my reflections and photography from it.
For our honeymoon, my husband planned a surprise trip to the most beautiful place: Switzerland. I knew we were headed somewhere in Europe, but I did not know more than that. Even before I knew it was Europe, if I could have chosen anywhere in the world to go for our honeymoon, it would have been Switzerland. I love mountains. I longed to see more of the Swiss Alps. Every moment of our honeymoon felt like a dream - beauty or occurrences we couldn't have ever expected to be things that "just happen."