Ignite Conference to be held in Williamson

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

WILLIAMSON — “In everything we do, our desire is to see people encounter Jesus in such a way, that they will leave not merely touched but transformed by His power. We don’t want to start a fire that will go out quickly, but rather desire to light a fire that will burn for a lifetime.” —Ignite Conference Mission Statement

ig·nite (verb)—to give life or energy to (someone or something)

It’s no secret that many christian groups in the Logan area are starting to feel discouraged. Attendance is starting to wane in churches, the drug problem is becoming unbearable and the loss of community members due to a bad (and worsening economy) is becoming more frequent.

“It’s time for revival.”

Go to any church in southern W. Va. right now and you will hear those words echoing from behind the pulpit. So, if everyone is itching for revival, why has it not happened yet?

Mike Carter, who serves as a Mingo County commissioner, is one of the local organizers of a Conference that might deliver exactly what this area needs right now: The Ignite Conference - Revival Crusade.

“This is a time for churches to lay down their denominations and come together as a collective body of believers, no longer divided by the names over the church house doors,” Carter told a local media outlet.

Carter hopes that Christians of all denominations and ages will come and be involved in the conference, but numbers aren’t his biggest concern.

“Of course I would like to see hundreds of people come out, but more important than that, I hope that the people who come leave with a revived passion for God,” says Carter. “And, ya know, I don’t want this to be about me. I told Kaleb [Hanshaw] and the rest of those guys that I don’t even want my named mentioned during the conference. I want to be sitting in the corners, in the shadows somewhere. If we take the attention away from God, we’ve already failed.”

The conference that is planned for the first weekend in May will begin nightly at 7 p.m. with breakout sessions all three days at 9 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Pastor Kaleb Hanshaw, who serves as the conference co-facilitator, will be featured speaker during Ignite. The conference will be kicking off with the National Day of Prayer for Mingo County which is planned for Logan Street at noon on May 1.

“As Christians, we can, and must, stand for what is right, and stand against the things that God teaches are wrong,”says Hanshaw. “Christians all over the world are being persecuted and killed for their faith. If the church doesn’t act soon, it will come to America. Our moral decay and financial debt tell us exactly where we are spiritually in this bankrupt nation.”

Joining Hanshaw for the Revival Crusade will be Josiah Johnson and Chris Mathis.

For more information on this conference, visit Hanshaw’s website at igniteawakening.com.