Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Helping People


When we were in West Virginia and Kentucky a few weeks ago for work, we were all talking about how sad and depressed the areas are.  I told them about ASP which I volunteered for every summer in high school with our church.  It's such a rewarding experience.  Basically you go to very low income areas and help people to fix things in their living quarters.  One year we built a wheelchair ramp for an older couple...he couldn't lift her out of the house so she hadn't left the house in a very long time.  One year people put a roof on a house (instead of a tarp).  It is unbelievable.

Anyway the reason for this post....all of these mission trips to other countries are wonderful, please don't get me wrong.  But why don't people help those IN OUR COUNTRY?  I'm not sure of the answer.  Let's help our fellow citizens and do nice things for them instead of going elsewhere.  I know there are poverty stricken areas everywhere and we can't do it all but I thought it'd be worth mentioning.

7 comments:

Ann said...

Absolutely agree! I love ASP!!

MCW said...

A blogger mission trip in the US? I would do it in a second.

I always think the same thing when in the depressed areas of NYC. People here are in such need...

Leslie said...

What a great organization. Thanks for sharing.

Miss Southern Prep said...

I absolutely agree! Helping others in other countries is great, but there are so many Americans that need our help!

Rellg said...

I took part in an ASP trip in high school to. It was such an eye opening and rewarding experience. It can be uncomfortable confronting how disadvantaged/poverty stricken some American's can be which is why I think overseas trips are popular. I agree more needs to be done close to home.

Whitney said...

Totally agree! So much to be done even here in Charlotte. My youth group always went to West Virginia four our summer mission trip too!

eHa said...

I agree! Why do people here always seem to forget that our fellow country men need help too!