Encouragement, Mcdowell County WV, West Virginia Mission

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled!

This has been a tough year for everybody due to the pandemic. It put a stop on most traveling, church attendance, mission teams, school, team sports and many other biblical and secular happenings. My heart goes out to the ones who lost friends and family and the ones suffering spiritually and financially.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Let me be honest, when this virus hit our county, I was fearful. I was so distracted by the media, news, and comments from everybody that I lost focus. I am serious, I run through a bunch of bottles of Lysol wipes and bleach. I even sprayed my husband down with Lysol before he could enter the house; Oh goodness! I was that crazy! Then, I began to read some of the “Fear not” verses in the Bible. Did you know there are 365 verses containing “Fear not” and “Do not fear”? One for each day of the year. Get your list from Believersportal.com.

Isaiah 41:10a – Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.

Here is what I did! I started refocusing my attention on Jesus. I made time reading the Bible prayer a priority every day. Do it even when you don’t feel like it. Literally, that is all it took because I realized that God is still in control. I seem to forget that a lot. The world can be a scary place.

I think about all that Paul had to endure and how his perspective did not waiver.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

That is an amazing verse penned by the apostle Paul while in prison. That is an example for us to not lose it.

I see all the memes about 2020 and how bad it has been, but we are still here and should push forward. I know, some of them are funny!

I look forward to the coming year and will continue to pray we can bring help, healing, and hope.

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The Floods Came

Only around 10% of miners remain and as if that wasn’t enough to cause a destitute community, they also experienced several horrific floods. Yes, I’m serious!

The last flood was in May of 2002.

The photos above are from http://www.mcdowellwv.com/mcdowell-county-floods/.

And what’s bad is the impact of this flood can still be seen all around.

Most of the buildings were destroyed beyond repair.

Homes were disfigured,flattened and carried down the river. The Dry Fork River is full of debris. We saw appliances, couches, bridges, car parts, windows, doors, sections of roofs, bathtubs and much more.

They lost their homes and businesses but even worse lives were lost.

These two websites capture the devastation McDowell County faced.

Pictures of the flood that swept through WV.

Article about the missing people, loss of life, and damage done here.

This was a big deal to everybody living here. The destruction it caused to the community physically as well as emotionally should be a big deal to us! It’s hard to go through events like this unfazed. Restoration must come and it will require help from outside resources.

We are working hard to connect and help.

Can you imagine what it is like to live without joy? I can because I did before Jesus found me. Our joy is found in Jesus.

Remember if you’ve found your joy in Jesus, share it!

Encouragement, God’s plan, Mcdowell County WV, Uncategorized, West Virginia Mission

Coal Mines in McDowell County WV

The more I learn about McDowell County, the more compassion I feel for these families. I do realize other places face opposition but God has placed us here and my heart aches to bring them help, healing, and hope. I find myself daydreaming about rebuilding what was lost, an entire community of people living in unity, and striving to please God. But is this possible? They do come to hear the word. But James says to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Prayer will be our weapon to achieve this.

The information I’ve learned so far has helped me understand and connect more deeply with their pain, questions, and confusion.

In the 1950’s West Virginia had 125,00 miners. By 1970, machines moved in to replace these miners. I assume, they believed from a business point that this was more efficient but soon the number of operating mines spiraled downward. By the 1990s only 20,000 miners remained and today’s shocking number is 12,000.

(Above two images are from VirginiaTech.com)

Despite this history, McDowell County is still ticking along. I know many feel it will never be restored but I believe it is very possible with God. It will never be like it was but that doesn’t mean it can not be better.

When Daniel was cast into the lion’s den, the king said, ” May your God, whom you continually serve, deliver you!”

That was one of many things Daniel faced and God did deliver him.

This plant is right up the road from me. They load coal into train cars. It’s hard to get good pictures with the foliage. At night, it lights up like a Christmas tree.

God is going to do amazing things here so let’s watch him work!