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!

Encouragement, God’s plan

WHAT IF MY SPOUSE DOES NOT BELIEVE?

I would like to offer some encouragement to anybody that has a spouse that doesn’t believe in God. If there is one thing I could say to you it would be this:

Don’t start thinking it’s hopeless!

My husband did not believe there was a God. We had so many discussions (always brought on by me) after I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. He always had an excuse not to believe. He would say things like..

  • There are to many bad things happening in the world for there to be a God.
  • Good things still happen to unbelievers.
  • It’s an organized cult.
  • I would not want to serve a God who sends people to hell.
  • If God exists, why does He not show Himself?

See, he didn’t understand but neither did I until I was a Christian. And I’ll be honest, I got so frustrated at him at times. Sometimes, I felt like it was hopeless to try. I prayed and prayed and even started doubting the God I had put my faith in. I prayed hard and nothing happened. None of the approaches or schemes I tried worked. I bought him church clothes, played Christian music around him, posted bible verses on sticky notes all over the house and still nothing. I talked with my pastor and he came to visit us twice. The pastor gave him a couple books to read but that didn’t help either. So I stopped trying so hard. I prayed and stayed faithful to God. I lived out my faith without frustration and worry. Ever now and then, I would ask if he wanted to come with me to church on Sunday with a smile on my face. He would say no and I just told him I would be back.

But then it happened.

I went to the sanctuary for service after Sunday school and sat down. I few minutes later he walked in and sat beside me. I didn’t ask any questions. I just thanked God because He is always faithful.

And guess what! He is now the pastor of a church. He serves God faithfully and preaches his Word. Our God is working things out even when we don’t see them. Please, never give up hope. God’s desire is that all men be saved.

My husband is always telling people that he saw Jesus in me and wanted what I had. He said it wasn’t the books he read or anything I said. It was the glow, happiness, and joy I had. He saw a change in me. I was a new creature that visibly showed.

Don’t give up my friend, God is always working!

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