Just an hour outside of the bustling city of Pittsburgh lies a small town fighting for its life.
Tucked in a valley of the Appalachian Mountains, the mining community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania struggles to survive. Throughout its history, tragic floods have repeatedly devastated the valley, killing thousands and driving residents and employers alike to higher ground.
Recent economic growth has hinted at a recovery in Johnstown, but this area faces an uphill climb. Almost 20% of families live below the poverty line. Many face these circumstances without the hope of knowing Jesus.
Western Pennsylvania needs to be encouraged with hope that has nothing to do with wealth, and everything to do with Christ.
Your team will partner with those reaching out to the local community through ministries like:
Skate Park: Your team will connect with the people that churches often avoid. Pack your skateboard and build relationships with local youth at Life Over Death Skate Park. This could mean cleaning and helping maintain the skatepark, as well as participate in a dinner with the skaters one evening and share testimonies.
Farm Ministry: Or you might serve a local missionary family, working on their goat farm - anything from fencing and weeding to playing with their Great Pyrenees puppies.
Adopt-a-block: You will partner with a local church reach out to the community through helping cleaning sidewalks, planting flowers, or passing out water while talking to the residents.
Nursing Home: You could also love on the residents of a local nursing home through playing giant bowling, baking cookies, or just being a needed listening ear!
While you are in the beautiful Appalachians, you and your team could also wander through the peaceful forests or you can hook your car up to the “Johnstown Inclined Plane”—the world’s steepest vehicular incline plane!
Experience love and life in a whole new way as you build relationships with people hungry for the hope and encouragement of Jesus.
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