During summer 2023, you will tour the community, see the changes that have taken place, and talk with people God used to bring about the transformation of Lynch, including key catalysts, Lonnie & Belinda Riley & others featured in the Sentinel Group’s latest documentary, It's Only Cookie Dough.
Featured in our documentary, It’s Only Cookie Dough, Lynch is a community bathed in mist and shadow on the woody margins of Harlan County. A town where 10,000 people once gathered from around the world to extract high-quality coal from seams underneath Black Mountain. Decisions made from afar devastated Appalachia, putting thousands of men out of work. In time, the community's complexion was marred by rusting mine equipment, broken windows, and collapsed roofs. Drugs and rain seeped in, while hope for the future seemed to trickle out on the silt-laden waters of Looney Creek. Only it didn't. Just when Lynch's story looked like it was ending, things started to get interesting. Behind the scenes, a handful of desperate prayer warriors would not let go. It all started with faith, and a little cookie dough.
God spoke to Pastor Lonnie & Belinda Riley to leave their prosperous church in a neighboring state to return to Harlan County. With no planned agenda, they promised to do whatever God showed them to do, whether large or small. In the last twenty years, they have begun twenty-two separate ministries. Without being recruited, over 30,000 volunteers from thirty-five states and four countries have come to Lynch to repair homes, clean up parks, build playground equipment, evangelize and cover the city in prayer, and hold dental and medical clinics.
As they give aid, they also share the Gospel, so people will know God loves them and is answering their cries for help. As a result, in the last 20 years, over 4,000 in the county have given their lives to Jesus.
Informative – Inspirational – Life Changing!
Scheduled during the peak of New England’s spectacular fall colors, this 9-night, 8-day tour will both educate and inspire. History will come alive—but not just American history—the history of God’s reviving work in this nation. We have failed to tell the amazing stories of God’s transforming grace that revealed His glory and shaped a nation. The stories will come alive in their historic locations. This intimate tour (limited to 11 participants) will hear from expert guides and is structured to inspire and challenge our own walk with God. The tour begins at Park Street Church, Boston, still at its original site and still preaching the Gospel, winds its way through Massachusetts, upstate New York, and the I-78 corridor in New Jersey before ending in New York City, worshiping at the Brooklyn Gospel Tabernacle. Careful attention has been given to make this tour the experience of a lifetime.
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