Reflections in Welch


As I sit here in a McDonald’s in Welch, W. VA after a day of amazing ministry, my heart is warmed and filled with the presence of God.  My favorite playlist is blaring in my earphones as I review for the message in the morning, but I wanted to jot some thoughts.

  1. I need Welch more than Welch needs me.  Little things in life can seem so big, and my heart can grow away from God’s heart.  I can forget the love He has for His creation.  Serving this community, softens my hard and calloused heart that is prone to wonder from the compassionate  zenith of Christ.
  2. I quickly realize many are suffering.  I can insulate myself from the unpleasant feelings and exposure to poverty, health care crisis, the heroin epidemic, and the hopelessness many experience daily.  I realize only Jesus can end suffering, and give the hope that the pain of this world will not last forever. Jesus is the answer.
  3. I am in awe at the heart of so many wonderful people.  Three churches of different denominations combine to help a saint named Sister Cora Goldman fulfill a vision God has given her for McDowell County. Many sacrificed to come, worked very hard, love harder, and drove into the night so tired, yet we are so alive in Christ.
  4. We must keep giving and working to meet the physical needs on this earth.  This is the heart of Christ. Read the teachings of Christ. I am thankful for a church, Compelled Church, that makes this happen every year. What a missional community of believers I have the honor of leading for Christ. 

    “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
    36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “

Yes, I need Welch so much more than Welch needs me.

In Christ,   Nate

  1. New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Mt 25:34–36). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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