By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
What is God up to in Southern West Virginia? There is a lot of discussion that Revival has hit the mountains. Inspired Church folk are talking about the results of their services and how it is overflowing to the community. In particular, there are reports that God is moving in schools among the young people. In Logan County Schools, a young cancer survivor feels stirred to preach to others in the hallway. Students fill the hallway to hear the message and some even make decisions to follow Christ. Also in Mingo County, prayer clubs are seeing higher crowds and people are giving their lives to God. Over 150 students were saved in just one high school. There seems to be a wide spread movement in Southern WV and even in some KY schools. It can only mean that God still answers prayers and has a plan for our region.
This has been a timely response to a devastated and suffering community. There have been feelings of hopelessness with a declining economy and many families destroyed by drugs. Coal Country is ripe for revival and our only hope is in God. We should support our kids and let them know that they do not have to embrace a life of addiction and other self-destructive behavior. The greatest high a person can receive is surrendering his or her heart to Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter if the movement comes through the Presbyterians, Baptists, or Pentecostals, all can agree that we need God in our area. Let’s all join together and invite Christ to restore, renew, and transform our community.
We can all play a part in God’s plan for our region. The scriptures gives us the process for change in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” True revival takes place when addicts throw their needles and drug paraphernalia away. It is when Churches stop competing and start working together to build the Kingdom of Heaven. Most importantly, it is when a lost soul finds purpose in an all powerful, all loving God. Follow the steps in 2 Chronicles if you want to see God move in your life and neighborhood. God is answering the prayers of many in the Appalachian Mountains!
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])