By: Martha SparksSociety Editor
June 23, 2013
A newly formed group in Logan County is uniting to fight addiction of drugs and alcohol and other problems in Logan County in a religious way — with prayer revival.
HEAL (Help Eliminate Addictions in Logan) was created for the purpose of bringing revival to the entirety of Logan County and is a group effort made by Logan County churches of all denominations.
“Drug addiction is one of the main evils which has beset our county and has hindered revival. We will be concentrating much prayer and effort in regard to the drug problem, and to help those addicted be released from their addictions so they can be free to live for Christ, if they so choose,” Rev. Tim Barnhouse, pastor of First Baptist Church of Logan, said in a letter to churches within the county. “We will be praying against political corruption, moral decay, spiritual lethargy and other evils in our county. However, the main purpose of this movement is for overall spiritual revival for everyone in the county (not just those who have been ensnared by drugs).
Barnhouse said the first and most important goal of the movement is to get all pastors and Christians united in prayer.
“This will require all denominations gathering in a specific location to pray together. Churches must start to focus on revival and the problems hindering revival in our community, and not focus on our theological differences,” Barnhouse said. “We cannot allow our theological, denominational differences to keep us divided in prayer any longer. Without united prayer, the church will not have the power it needs to pray in revival.”
Barnhouse refers to two other communities which have been successful in uniting churches for the purpose of revival: the first is Manchester, Ky., (Clay County), which had a revival a few years ago due to the churches in the area from various denominations uniting for the purpose of prayer for revival. A documentary film was made about the revival called “An Appalachian Dawn.” Another community which claims success in uniting various denominations together for prayer for revival is Boone County. The churches in Boone County refer to their movement as “The Mercy Revival” (www.mercyrevival.com).
HEAL plans to alternate the prayer meetings from church to church each week if possible as this is not a movement of any specific church. All pastors, congregations, and concerned Christians are asked to join together at the locations for prayer for revival.
The next prayer meeting will be held at the First Church of Christ on Railroad Avenue in Chapmanville on Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Other meetings will be Tuesday, June 25, at the Word of Life at Mud Fork at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 2, at Eagle Sanctuary at Man at 7 p.m.
For further information on HEAL please contact Rev. Tim Barnhouse at 304-752-4071 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Dingess at 304-239-0860. You may also join their group on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pastorsforlogan/