Diocesan Youth Take Part in ASP Service Project (July 19-27, 2014)
From Saturday, June 19 to Sunday, June 27, the Orthodox Youth Mission Team traveled to Mingo County, West Virginia - Home of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud. Ten months of preparations culminated in 28 people - 9 adults and 19 youths from six different parishes and three different Orthodox jurisdictions - traveling to Matewan, WV to work on four different projects for four different families.
Lives were changed, people's homes were repaired, but more importantly the Love of Christ was experienced in a way that challenged all those who went. The week began with Divine Liturgy at St. Mary's Church in Bluefield, WV with Fr. Mark Tyson and his beautiful community and ended with Divine Liturgy at St. Michael's' church in St. Clair, PA with Fr. Jeff Zias and his wonderful community. But what was experienced everyday in between the Sunday Divine Liturgies was itself a holy work of love; of us showing our love of Christ in the simple acts of painting, building a ramp, putting up siding, installing a floor for our neighbor.
The team, led by Father Luke Mihaly of Danbury and Father David Cochran from St. John's in Bridgeport, consists of 28 teens and adults from Holy Trinity Danbury, St. John's Bridgeport and St. John's Silver Lane, as well as members from the Greek Archdiocese and 2 OCA parishes. The group spent the week helping make homes "warmer, safer, and drier."
Mission Team gathers for a group photo at Holy Trinity Church in Danbury, CT prior to leaving for the trip.
Diocesan clergy and wives at St. Mary's Church in Bluefield, WV.
St Mary's Parish in Bluefield, WV treated the team to a delicious luncheon.
The Mission Team was housed at the Matewan Middle School.
All took turns doing chores at the ASP Center.
Hard at work with the circular saw.
Relaxing at the ASP Center.
Enjoying some downtime in Mingo County.
ASP impact statement for the mission project.