We had such a powerful time in Welch W. VA serving the wonderful people there. I am humbled by all the love I see there, which is the Spirit of the Risen Christ. Everyone moves with such compassion. I am so blessed by everyone that went. The churches that partnered, Sister Cora, and our Students that work so hard and never complain, never quit, never tire. Thank you all.
As we opened the doors on that cold Saturday morning, two little boys came in with their parents. They had no coats. They had on their dad’s flannel shirts which hung down to the ground, covering their legs and unfitting shoes. They were so excited to get some candy, face painted, animal balloons. Little Jon Jon, asked his mom if he could have chili and said “ma ma is it free?” I retreated to the bathroom stall to compose myself as I was so deeply moved I could not control my emotions. I thanked God we were here, and knew every dollar, every mile, every sacrifice was worth it. Jon Jon and his brother would be special today, get food, toys, coats, and most importantly see Christ.
A lady was holding this baby, Marcus. It was her sister’s son. She had 3 kids and was trying to carry boxes for her family and the baby because her mom, jumped in and started helping us. I held little Marcus for her, as she took care of her family, while her mom worked and helped her friends. I prayed over his life. I asked God to protect him from the enemy and to provide for him. I held him, like the Lord wants to hold us all, and His people in McDowell County.
Yes, we need to go to the Appalachian Mountains, to Welch. We need to serve. We need to love. We need to see the world, and the poorest county in America. We need to have the Lord move us to gratitude, generosity, and a level of love, we may have never experienced before.
Thank you all that made this happen. Many gave, many sent, many worked, many went, and many know that in their struggle, a God has not forgotten them, and loves their little Jon Jon, who now has a coat, a meal, and some toys to open at Christmas.