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VALLE CRUCIS, N.C. — We didn’t go to Appalachia in 2020 for obvious reasons. We had adult vaccinations last year, but one of the big reasons my parish has been undertaking these mission work trips for more than three decades is to provide a week of service, worship and community building for teenagers, and most of them weren’t vaccinated yet. The even more important reason is to serve as the hands of Christ for elderly, often medically fragile, people who live in crushing poverty, and the risk that one of us could infect them was still too high. Read more