A recent Gallup study revealed West Virginia has the worst overall state of wellbeing in the United States. The Mountain State had the highest drug-overdose death rate in 2014. An astonishing 50 percent of children in Harrison County are born to mothers who used drugs or alcohol.

Statistics such as these have become all too common for our state.

But local churches in Harrison County are joining together to affect change in their community in response to these continued trends.

Create Change, a multi-church initiative started by Centerbranch Church, was launched to foster a season of change by calling the local church, and all of Harrison County, to fast and pray from August 15 through September 4. The group says that the 21-day period is the first step in humbling themselves and seeking help for West Virginia.

“Area churches have responded great and local pastors have been excellent to work with,” said Luke Brugger, lead pastor at Centerbranch Church. “So far we have 17 local churches that have committed to join with us. This is not about one church over another. It is about The Church.”

Create Change will provide a daily devotional to participants to guide them through the 21 days of prayer and fasting. The website for the initiative also details three types of fasting: complete fast, selective fast, and partial fast.

“Biblically, humbling yourself involves fasting, so that is exactly what we are going to do,” said Brugger. “This is simply doing what God’s Word tells us to do and we are 100% confident that God will come through on His end. I believe this. I believe that in the future this will be the period of time that people will note as the beginning of the turn around for our community.”

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To find out how you can participate in Create Change’s 21 days of prayer and fasting, visit createchangewv.org.