POINT PLEASANT — “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
That verse from Luke 6:38 describes the spirit of giving and that spirit is under construction, literally, in Point Pleasant.
Recently, the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church has become one of eight mission locations for the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps (WVMAW) in the state.
Since October 2001, the WVMAW has brought 40-75 volunteer groups per year to work in West Virginia — work consisting of home repair, reconstruction, deconstruction, playground restoration, parks cleanup, stream bank stabilization and Vacation Bible Schools, among many other projects. As the WVMAW puts it, this is “more than just hammers and nails, the groups have built relationships with people in West Virginia, changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ.”
In the basement of the Presbyterian Church, two Sunday school rooms have been converted into dormitories with bunk beds to accommodate approximately 18 people each from WVMAW. The church has four showers and a fully equipped kitchen for their guests —people who will be assist with improving their lives.
The WVMAW is supported in part by the Presbytery of West Virginia, the Synod of the Trinity, and gifts from churches and individuals. The group has a close relationship with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, particularly in times of disaster recovery. The groups the WVMAW recruit come from churches of various faith traditions, as well as from colleges and universities.
More on just how the WVMAW will help those in Mason County will appear in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.