Iowa Teens Do Missionary Work In North St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- An Iowa church sends teens on a missionary trip to St. Louis.  Both youth groups spent their spring break cleaning up a 150-year-old North City church.

"All the people in the community came here, for everything,' said Cornelius Smith.  'They walked to the church for everything they needed to do."

Smith has been pastor of the Cephas Christian Church in North St. Louis.  The former sanctuary stood across from the new one.  It also stood full of junk, until Friday.

"I do a lot of events and ministry events across the country,' said Christopher Daniels of the St. Louis-based #TeamFocused.  'When I went to Iowa, I touched base with the youth pastor over there.  We kind of hit it off."

Daniels asked youth pastor Byron Fitzpatrick, of Iowa's Cornerstone Family Church to bring a youth group to St. Louis.  Kids from both congregations worked feverishly to clean up before a gospel concert -- during their vacation from school.  This was a big chance for one missionary.

"Pastor Byron said that we are all going to St. Louis for a mission trip,' said Makayla McGlothlan.  'And, it was a really reasonable price.  I've never been on one.  I thought it was a good opportunity, because we are all going as youth."

For one young man, it was just another day of volunteerism - on his birthday.

"I'll, like, go to someone's house and I'll help clean up their house,' said Jimmie Holder.  'I'll put up shelves and stuff."

There was more than just one night and one concert at stake.  The kids had to get the place ready for an entire community to come and use it.  And, these kids wasted no time doing all the heavy lifting -- girls included.

"They've been here working hard, working hard,' Daniels said.  'A lot of them are saying, 'Oooh, we're sore.  So, they've been working hard."

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