Martha Sparks Society Editor
August 23, 2013
A free showing of the documentary “An Appalachian Dawn” will be held this Sat., Aug. 24, at the Coalfield Jamboree in downtown Logan beginning at 7 p.m.
The documentary is being promoted by HEAL (Help Eliminate Addictions in Logan). HEAL is comprised of people of all religious denominations who gather together to pray for the elimination of addictions in the county.
“One of the major reasons our church has shrunk in size over the last few decades is directly related to the mass exodus of people fleeing downtown Logan. People are looking for better opportunities to work, and raise their family,” said Tim Barnhouse, pastor of First Baptist Church in Logan. “This trend can be reversed, but it’s going to take the churches working together to find our voice.”
“An Appalachian Dawn” is a documentary Clay County, Ky., located in the mountains of Central Appalachia. The description for the film reads “For over 200 years, the people who lived in this secluded corner of America generated enough heroism and infamy to salt the headlines of virtually every major newspaper in the land. Sadly, much of the news was dark—vicious feuds, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption, and epic drug abuse. By the early 2000s, the situation was so bleak that any family that could was fleeing to greener pastures.
“Those who stayed behind fought a running battle with hopelessness as illicit drugs threatened to consume an entire generation. And then it happened. As a desperate band of believers cried ‘Enough!’ the Presence of God descended on the town of Manchester, Ky., and transformed it into the City of Hope.”
“What happened in Manchester is beginning to happen in Logan,” said Barnhouse. “Come be a part of the greatest move of God southern West Virginia has ever seen. Come get a glimpse of the future of Logan County.”
Speaking at the event will be Steve Collett of Manchester who ministers throughout the country on addiction. Collett, a former drug dealer and abuser, is featured in the documentary.
Again, the movie will be shown Saturday at the Coalfield Jamboree at 7 p.m. and it is free for everyone to attend.