WHEELWRIGHT – World Servants provides cross cultural short-term mission trips for adults, families and youth in the United States and around the world. A local office under the direction Stephanie Boyd is located in Wheelwright.
For five years, World Servants mission teams have worked in the communities of Wheelwright and Weeksbury helping dozens of families. Some of the projects the mission groups have assisted with still continue to benefit the towns today.
Currently, a mission group of 19 people from St. Louis Missouri are staying at the Wheelwright Baptist Center and doing various projects throughout the community. They are currently in the process of painting two homes in the community. Other projects planned for this week include building benches for the senior citizen center and Wheelwright Library and Museum. They also plan to paint the outside of the library and do some trim work on various buildings in the community.
The organization works with various church groups, teams, and families to organize mission trips not only to the small community of Wheelwright, but also other areas in need. Since 1986, the organization has mobilized more than 60,000 people and 2,000 churches, organization, and businesses to serve in more than 50 communities globally. The number of communities and families that have benefited from their work is staggering. A total of 3,570 homes built or repaired, 454 community work projects completed and 250,000 children and families have been reached through one-on-one contact during kids clubs and home visits.
This week, the mission group from St. Louis was the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In addition to helping with various repairs needed in the community, the group also provided a Kids Club/Vacation Bible school. On Thursday, the group rented the Wheelwright Swimming Pool and invited the community to come and fellowship with them at a free community cookout.
For more information about World Servants, contact Stephanie Boyd at 304-457-4575 or visit the group online at www.worldservants.org .
Andrea Saddler is a reporter at The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.