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One community says “enough” and brings God to their fight against addiction

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

Recognizing, ending the cycle of addiction and poverty

Screening of “Appalachian Dawn” and discussion with Kentucky pastor

Addiction and poverty haunt rural communities across the United States. Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum, his deputies and staff, and the Grundy Recovery Alliance Community Endeavor (GRACE) are making strides in ending the disastrous cycle in Grundy County and are calling on the community to help in their efforts.

On July 26, at the Living Water Church in Tracy City, at 6 p.m., GRACE will host a community-wide event to inform county residents of the problems that exists and how they can help.

The evening will begin with a screening of the film “Appalachian Dawn,” followed by a discussion of the film. Guest speaker Pastor Ken Bolin will explain how a town nestled in the mountains of Central Appalachia – Clay County, Kentucky, has long been at the nexus of history. Click here to see a preview of the film “Appalachian Dawn”

For over 200 years, the people who followed Daniel Boone into this secluded corner of America generated enough heroism and infamy to salt the headlines of virtually every major newspaper in the land. Sadly, much of the news was dark – vicious feuds, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption, and epic drug abuse.

By the early 2000s, the situation was so bleak that many families fled to greener pastures. Those who remained battled hopelessness as illicit drugs threatened to consume an entire generation.

“And then it happened. As a desperate band of believers cried ‘Enough!’ the presence of God descended on the town of Manchester and transformed it into the City of Hope,” says Bolin.

Bolin is the pastor of Manchester Baptist Church in Manchester, Kentucky. He is a passionate leader who is not afraid to get involved and do what it takes to make the world a better place. He will do the right thing despite unpopular opinion. Bolin has a love for people and wants to see them succeed. He speaks hope into the lives of the hurting and is loved by those who know him. Bolin gives the credit to God.

Bolin joined the fight to help the lives of drug addicts, their families, and children after seeing the pain and suffering caused by drugs in Clay County.

Manchester Baptist Church opened a food pantry to feed the hungry. The pantry helps mothers with infants by supplying them with needed baby items, and they opened a facility called God’s Closet, which receives donations of clothes, shoes, and other necessities to give to those in need.