“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. ”

–John 15:4 (NIV)


We are very excited to have you join the community of volunteers from over 30 states who have been called to share common ground as God’s people rooted in love. As you prepare to travel to Central Appalachia, we invite you to be part of the larger story of the transformative work of ASP. Through relationships centered in God’s love for all people, we will learn how each person connected to the ministry of ASP is accepted, valued and essential to the fruitful ministry of home repair in this region.

While your departure may be months away, your trip starts here. These pre-trip sessions are designed to help your group prepare for your week of service, by learning about the culture of Appalachia, the principles of Safety, Stewardship and Sensitivity that connect all volunteers to common rules and practices at ASP and build a spiritual foundation for your week. This year’s theme “Rooted in Love” tells us that when we remain in Christ we are drawn into God’s ongoing story. This story is grounded in Christ and branches out to the world. This branching out helps us to connect and grow with people through God’s love and grace.

All groups are encouraged to use these pre-trip materials. Each of the sessions has “core” content. Plan to use the core content and then choose or add other resources that will work best for your time frame, group size or culture. We have a list of additional resources for you to check out and use to help your group prepare for your trip. By using the core content, we will be working together to build common ground for our week of service.

There are 4 sessions available:

  • Theme session: Introducing Appalachia, ASP, and our theme “Rooted in Love”
  • Learning Sensitivity
  • Pursuing Safety
  • Practicing Stewardship

Once you arrive at your ASP center, you will receive our Field Guide that includes daily devotions, our Question(s) of the day, reflection prompts for discussion and some cool ASP facts, trivia, and center information. Morning Devotions and Evening Gatherings at your center, (E.G.s in ASP lingo) will be our common ground for beginning each day with prayer and sharing group reflection at the end of each day.

Blessings as you prepare!
Jane Cheema
Spiritual Curriculum Coordinator

Session 1

Introducing Appalachia, ASP, and our theme “Rooted in Love”

Session 1 PacketSession 1 PowerPoint

Session 2

Learning Sensitivity

Session 2 PacketSession 2 PowerPointASP's 3 S's

Tool Training Exercises

Give your volunteers a chance to use tools hands on before their trip by completing the projects below

Picnic Table: Detailed Instructions HereStep Stool: Detailed Instructions Here

Additional Resources

For more information about logistics, recruitment, and preparation, visit our Trip Coordinator Resources page

Trip Coordinator ResourcesAdditional Resources for Pre-Trip Preparation

Have questions or feedback about the pre-trip sessions? Email us and let us know.

Email ASP

Did you know that ASP has a Scholarship program? If you have group members unable to participate that cannot attend ASP due to financial reasons, click the button below and apply on their behalf so they can serve with you on your next ASP trip.

Scholarship Application