The Presbytery of Geneva West Virginia Mission Team comprised of volunteers from Park Presbyterian Church of Newark and Presbyterian Church in Geneva recently traveled to Webster Springs, West Virginia, for a week of hard work.
Team members included Fritz Aude, of Geneva; Curt Richardson, Jeanne Salisbury and Paul Salisbury, of Newark; and Dee Wickman, of Rochester, as well as Pokey Harris and Sue Kirby, of First Presbyterian Church in Asheboro, North Carolina.
The team was housed in the Methodist Church Mission Center, where Sunday School rooms have been converted to mission space.
Presbytery of Geneva is one of many participating groups coming from churches of various faith traditions as well as from colleges and universities. West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy Workcamps Inc. has partnered with Webster County Workcamps to help bring hope to families in this area of West Virginia. WVMAW is supported in by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Synod of the Trinity and The Presbytery of West Virginia as well as churches and individual donations.
Webster County WV Workcamp churches, appreciative of the mission team’s work, prepared and shared two supper meals for the New York work campers. Participants prepared their other meals in the Mission Center kitchen.
The team’s mission work involved building a handicap ramp, installing a kitchen sink cabinet and plumbing hot and cold water to a new kitchen faucet. The ramp will enable the elderly woman resident, a recovering heart stroke victim, to enter and exit her home without using stairs. Minor electrical repairs were completed on a kitchen light and wall receptacle. The team also built and installed four benches for the shower stalls at the Mission Center.
Trip coordinator Paul Salisbury reported that the resident expressed her gratefulness in tears as mission team members bid her goodbye. She said never dreamed she would have a new ramp for ingress and egress as well as running water, cold and hot in her kitchen sink.
The Presbytery plans to return for another week of mission work in April 2018. Those interested in joining the team should visit presbyteryofgeneva.org or contact the Presbytery Office in Penn Yan.