Greetings From The Appalachian Poverty Project September 2007
The Appalachian Poverty Project
Grace and Peace to our friends, supporters and fellow mission workers.
The past two months have been hectic with the caring for a large litter of puppies. Through prayers, God granted us the ability to raise these pups into beautiful healthy dogs. www.flickr.com/photos/lesschaub
They all have new homes. Almost everyone who saw them bought one – two families bought two – amazing! Now we are back to serious work.
It has long been obvious that we needed a good presentation in order to motivate folks to support us and other missions working in Appalachia and to that end, we decided that a documentary film was the best form of presentation and we proceeded to produce one. Our training at the Community Media Center is now complete and we are presumably qualified to produce television programming for Comcast channel 19.
A volunteer, Sidney Jones, went through the training with me and will assist with some of the location shoots. Two other producers – one a professional videographer- have also volunteered to make the trip for our first shoot beginning November 1, 2007. We expect that the project will take six to eight months before the program is aired and a video will be made available to other organizations. If anyone is interested in the project, please email me and I will send periodic updates on our progress.
My statistical research on McDowell County, WV continues to point out how bad the living conditions are in that county, For instance, the mortality rate ranks among the worst 10 to 15 counties in the US, depending upon the date and source of information.
Water pollution is very high and clean drinking water is NOT the norm.
Elkhorn, WV is touted for it’s extraordinary trout fishing – but you can’t eat the fish nor will the Dept of Natural Resources use these remarkable fish as breeders for their fish re-stocking program. I wonder if hungry people eat them anyway.
I was told of a woman who draws her drinking water from the same creek that her toilet flushes into.
It saddens me that I can’t do more than I am and that there are so few others working to help.
The good news is that new missions are appearing in the area.
Most are addressing (on a small scale) various poverty needs and issues such as hunger, housing and education. These are high priority issues but other important issues are not being adequately addressed. Issues such as environmental pollution, jobs, drug addiction and adequate governmental support.
So long for now. God bless you all.
Les and Marie Schaub
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
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