By MICHAEL EDDS
Appalachia has been the object of ridicule for many, many years. We have borne the "Beverly Hillbillies" stereotype for too long. The real ignorance is among those who verbalize such bigoted nonsense. We have a rich heritage of God in this beautiful and historic region.
The largest ethnic group in Appalachia is the Scots - Irish, who left their native land by the thousands long ago. Due to generations of atrocities by the English in their motherland, they did not settle in the English Tidewater of Virginia. They chose the wild, mountain wilderness of Appalachia to call home.
As early as the 1500's, great awakenings swept through Scotland and Northern Ireland. Marvelous awakenings occurred during the summer Presbyterian "Sacramental Services" (communion services). June marked the beginning of these high holy days. Thousands were swept into the Kingdom of God. The Scots-Irish immigrants brought that same faith and heritage of revival with them to Appalachia. The Sacramental Service was the forefather of the unique Appalachian phenomena - the camp meeting.
Some historians have stated that the Second Great Awakening bypassed West Virginia. THIS IS NOT TRUE!!
The Holy Spirit is now hovering and brooding over Appalachia. The very heavens above us are heavy with His Presence. Heaven is about to rain down upon us! God is going to visit Appalachia once again! As the old prophet said, "I hear the sound of abundance of rain!" God has not forgotten you, oh Appalachia!