Little Rock, Arkansas
The focus of the Little Rock site is on living sustainably on the earth, living compassionately with neighbors – including those who have experienced disaster,-- and living faithfully in community and congregation. These themes interact as sustainable living calls us to examine cultural values and appreciate global interconnectedness. Engagement with local outreach ministries broadens comfort zones and helps identify root causes of poverty, be it of resources or of spirit. Faith is then practiced, stretched and better understood in both the intimacy of the YAV household and the larger gathering of the local congregation. YAVs live and work on the 1200-acre Ferncliff camp, yet connect to a large thriving congregation at Second Presbyterian and its varied outreach ministries in the city. Ferncliff is home to PDA’s national Disaster Assistance Center and has a variety of “green,” hands-on practices/programs.