Faith in Action: Stories of Salkehatchie Summer Service

Compiled by the Rev. John Wesley Culp Sr.

Since 1978, Salkehatchie Summer Service has been changing hearts and lives by offering youth and adults an opportunity to draw closer to Christ through service. Teams go directly into communities of chronic poverty and repair the homes of local families there. By immersing them in an intense physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, Salkehatchie aims to make disciples of Christ. After a week of service, many of the volunteers say, “My life changed forever.”

In this book, Salkehatchie’s founder, the Rev. John Wesley Culp Sr., gathers stories of those who offered sweat, blood, and tears in grueling heat, some for one summer and some returning summer after summer for decades—today bringing their own children and even grandchildren. Today, these volunteers are teachers, doctors, lawyers, business people, ministers, military personnel, parents, and community members engaged in all walks of life.

Their work is a collective witness of the power of Christ’s redeeming and merciful love at work in our lives.

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