Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Hidden America

I watched A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains last weekend when it first aired. It has taken me this long to fully digest it. It was filmed in Appalachia and depicted children living in the midst of poverty. It hurts my heart to see such poverty and hurt in such a beautiful place. There is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, drunkenness, toothlessness, cancer and chronic depression. Schools are lacking technology and even heat and air.

I thought the program was beautiful and touching and eye opening. A few weeks ago I posted this blog. In Brook Fraser's song Albertine she says "Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead." I believe that to be very true. So, I don't really know what all that means specifically for me. All I know is that now that I have seen this program, I can't pretend like I haven't. And I can't pretend like these people don't exist. I feel like it's time to reinvest in these people. It's time to be responsible.

You can watch the entire 20/20 special, A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains here.


Julianna said...

I cried so much watching this. I spent a couple summers in a row in southern KY getting to know these people.

Allison Drew said...

I definitely cried too. I just sent an email to the north american mission board to see what I can do and when I can go.