The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 15, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Monday, July 15, 2013

Churches’ turnout was disappointing

I am writing in regard to the event that was held June 29 at Linda K. Epling Stadium called Operation Family Freedom. I am sorry if I offend anyone, but this is how it is: Everyone is complaining about the drug problem in southern West Virginia, but what are they doing about it?

I know that over 300 invitations were sent out to different churches in Raleigh County to the event for everyone to come together, united. I was very disappointed at the turnout. However, with that being said, I know that God sent whom He wanted there that day.

But it is a shame that everyone wants something done about the drug issue but no one is willing to do anything. When Christians can’t give a couple of hours of their time to come together and worship together and pray together, then honestly, why should God answer anyone’s prayers?

If denominations which are man-made present a problem for people to worship together, then how are people going to get along in heaven? I mean really, I don’t think God is going to separate Protestants, Methodists, Pentecostal, etc.

I understand that it is summertime and people are on vacations, but only 75 people came out and that’s sad. I know how disappointed I was, so I can only imagine how disappointed Jesus was in the church world. Maybe if we were giving away free stuff or had a famous entertainer, then we might get a huge crowd ... something to think about.

I do want to say a big thank-you to our Congressman Nick Rahall for taking time out to attend, and Doug and Linda Kay Epling for the use of their facility. I would also like to thank Jarrod Pugh and Pugh Ministries for their time and talent and for being obedient to God.

Rebecca Smith


Founder, Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse