Saturday, July 27 - Asheville, NC

Saturday, July 27: Asheville, NC

What a week it has been! Some of our team headed off to the Biltmore yesterday after our work at the children’s home, while others hit the pool, dined with friends, and caught some of the sights around town. It has been a great opportunity for Calvary families to spend time with one another.

Today we partnered with the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters (VRQ). They work to provide homeless veterans with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength. Over 240 men reside nightly on the VRQ campus, a former 125 room motel. The veterans are provided housing, meals, case management services, counseling, laundry facilities, a computer lab, chapel and transportation to VA Medical Center appointments.

Our team worked on some restoration and beautification projects on their campus. We pulled weeds and planted in their community garden and raised beds, sanded and painted the outside of the recreation building, and painted a patio floor with non-slip paint. After our outside work was complete, we were treated with lunch with the veterans. We engaged the men and listened to their stories of their service in the armed forces. Through their program and the help of many, many volunteers, the VRQ is working to restore hope and lives. It was a blessing to serve those who have given service to our country.

We’ve completed our mission aspect of Missioncation, but we still have time here in Asheville to build memories and community. Many of our team members are headed off to float the French Broad River this afternoon, while others are enjoying some down time at the pool or in town.

It has been a wonderful time of ministry and fun, and we are looking forward to worshipping at First Baptist Church Asheville tomorrow before we head back to Lexington. Continue to pray for our crew! A few families will be traveling back this evening due to prior commitments, so remember them as they travel.