This past week 12 of us traveled to Spruce Pine, NC to help build, paint, and clean for needy families in the Appalachian Mountains. We discovered this opportunity through FOCUS North America, a national pan-Orthodox organization specializing in domestic missions and charity work. FOCUS recruits groups to serve with Neil Brown, a retired contractor who volunteers with the Mitchel County branch of Operation Inasmuch. Neil receives applications from people who are not able to afford basic home repairs or yard maintenance and he coordinates missions teams to meet these needs. We worked on several projects including yard work, landscaping, painting, and building a roof. Everyone worked really hard and we accomplished a lot throughout the week. We thank God for this opportunity to show love to our neighbor.