In recent months, NHIM has worked along side of Pastor David Spencer in opening a church on Shoemaker Ridge. The church is located in Lee Co. in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. A few months ago, David called me and asked for help in restoring ministry on the ridge. A fire had closed the small church over 20 years ago. David began to visit the ridge and discovered that approximately 85 families lived on the ridge and had no church. As the burden for the people on the ridge increased, so did David’s determination to open the church. His burden became a burden that NHIM shared. Space does not permit telling the whole amazing story at this time, but I want to share just one ‘miracle’ at this time.
Joe Hardman, a NHIM Board member, accompanied me to the mountains to look at the project and take some financial help. While we were there, David, showed us a newly discovered problem. The sewer line from the two small bathrooms simple ran to the hillside beside the church and emptied raw sewage over the hill. An adequate sewage system had to be in place before the work could proceed. The money we took was enough to cover work already completed, but we didn’t have the funds for the septic system. On Sunday after our Saturday visit to the ridge, Joe and his family and Sue and I were eating lunch at a local restaurant. Joe and I were discussing our dilemma and committed to pray and ask the Lord to help us raise the needed funds.
When we were finished eating and stood to leave, a man seated behind us motioned for me to come to his table. He apologized for eavesdropping and then told me that the story of Shoemaker Ridge had touched his heart. He then told me that he would pay to put in the septic system and he did! Is that not miracle? The church opened on Easter Sunday afternoon and NHIM Board Chairman Matt Kinnell, Joe Hardman, Sue, and I joined in the celebration of the resurrection of a church on Resurrection Day!
~ Brother Roy