CAP employees and volunteers joined together on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at St. Paul Catholic Church in McKee, KY for the bi-annual Volunteer Commissioning. A fun, heartfelt evening was had by all, complete with special speakers, worship songs, scripture reading, a candlelight vigil and a warm meal.
As I sat and listened to the individual prayers of the 2013 volunteer group, I felt a sense of overwhelming compassion for their dedication and strength. I personally enjoy volunteering; however, I am always home on time to eat dinner with my family and squeeze in some playtime with my son. These volunteers are a very special group of young adults who have committed one year of service away from their family, away from their friends and away from their norm. These 28 individuals have dedicated themselves to the Christian Appalachian Project and will be serving participants, while simultaneously growing their own hearts in Christ’s love.
It was such a moving moment to hear their prayers. Prayers to be selfless and more like the Lord. Prayers for strength in times of weakness. Prayers to remove fears and become a steward of the Lord’s work. Prayers to show others the same unconditional love that our God bestows upon us. These prayers and many others are the cries of our volunteers’ hearts. How powerful it is to see this group of volunteers open up and vow to become the face of CAP and to serve others in need.
Please join me in continuing to pray for each individual volunteer that has dedicated their time to serve their brothers and sisters in need in Appalachia. We at CAP welcome them with open arms as we join forces and show God’s unconditional love to others.
Ryan Leigh ChapmanShare
CAP’s Grateful Bread Food Pantry hosted its second annual Hunger Awareness March on September 11th in downtown Mt. Vernon, KY. A record number of 213 caring individuals stood up to hunger by participating, and 595 pounds of food was donated to the pantry.
The 2-mile walk was a demonstration of people from around Kentucky coming together for a common goal… to increase awareness about hunger locally and worldwide. Among the people who took part were, Michael Bryant, mayor of Mt. Vernon and his staff, Rockcastle Regional Hospital employees and Rockcastle County Middle School students and teachers. In support of Hunger Awareness, seventy-five orange balloons were released during the march.
“The Hunger Awareness March gives us the opportunity to focus on the problem of hunger within our community, and to take action in making the event an effort to end hunger,” said Carolyn Lindsey, Grateful Bread’s program manager. “In Rockcastle alone, our (CAP’s) pantry served on average 1,888 Rockcastle County residents during the first seven months of this year (2013). That averages out to be 35% of those living in poverty in our community. Food insecurity is one of the reasons Grateful Bread Food Pantry exists.”
To learn more about CAP’s Grateful Bread Food Pantry and how you can help, visit us online at www.christianapp.org. You can also contact Sherri Barnett at (606) 256-3035 ext. 3 – Email: email@example.com, or Carolyn Lindsey at (606) 256.5321 ext. 4 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the Grateful Bread Food Pantry can be dropped off or mailed to 3095 Richmond Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456.Share
The new redesigned edition of The Mountain Spirit is here! The pages are filled with vibrant photographs that embody our mission, and a clean, user-friendly style for your reading enjoyment. What hasn’t changed is that the heart of The Mountain Spirit remains the same, to impart the stories and triumphs of people — real people who have been personally affected by the Christian Appalachian Project. Each section focuses on one of CAP’s three core values: Faith, service, and compassion.
Click here to read The Mountain Spirit online.Share