Youthworks, a faith oriented non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, recently began a mission trip into the area of southern W.Va.. The Veterans Center in Henlawson coordinated with the group to organize projects in the area.
John McGinnis, with Youthworks, explained, “Youthworks is a short term ministry. Our staff are here for seven to 10 weeks training, getting the sites ready and getting work projects together. The sites are usually made of two parts; there is a kid’s club and then there are the work projects. We are a Christian organization, so really the goal is to tell people about Christ and build relationships. Through that and showing people our love of Christ through how we work and spreading the gospel.”
McGinnis further explained that the work projects entail getting youth out into the communities and doing general improvements while ministering. The group was constructing a wheelchair ramp June 15 at Henlawson and plans to begin working on a wall at the Veterans Center in Henlawson June 16. McGinnis added Youthworks “…does a lot of landscaping cutting grass and trimming everything back. We paint a lot of houses.”
Youthworks currently has teams in Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Kanawha Counties. McGinnis added, “It’s a nationwide thing. We have teams working on Native American Reservations out west. There is actually a team right now in the Adirondack Mountains and we have teams all over the Southeast as well.”