I always appreciated Appalachia until I moved here. Now that I live in Appalachia, I still appreciate it but not in the way I used to. But it still has a special place in my heart and I’m sure I’ll always appreciate it. It is a region that is hurting, nationally mocked, and a mission field. You just have to be the properly trained and equipped mission for this field. I’ve recommended it before, but in case you missed it, Hollow is a fantastic documentary on McDowell county.
Anyway, PBS did a great and fascinating photo essay on Grow Ohio Valley. They are seeking to help revitalize Wheeling WV through Urban farming. Check it out, it is a great read. Best part? The guy who started the movement did it while spending time in prayer and service to the community. Hmm….sounds a bit like two very important commands.