A Pastor’s Role during the Drug Crisis | The Uncertain Hour

A Pastor’s Role during the Drug Crisis | The Uncertain Hour


My name is Robert Foltz. I’m the pastor of the Freedom Worship Church in Norton, Virginia. We are an evangelical church. We were born in 1933. I’m the third pastor in 85 years. So that tells you a little bit about our longevity and our history. We really thought that being here in the mountains we were sheltered, and in some ways we might’ve been. It certainly changed. I would say one of our biggest problems in Wise County or in Southwest Virginia and probably in America is the drug crisis. I knew we had a drug problem. I had done some funerals. I had been to ICUs and emergency rooms. I had sat with families and kinda gone through those processes. I just had no idea the level. We have the same problems that they have in the city. We have the same problems they have in other areas. We’re not as sheltered maybe as we’d like to be or thought we were. We certainly see the same kind of crimes and drug problems and family situations. Just an overall negativity. As a pastor, I would call it the degeneration of our values, of our moral fiber, of the people, of our country and of this community. There’s probably not a family in Wise County that hasn’t been or isn’t being touched by the drug abuse problem. Whether they’ve seen an overdose or a death or not, they’ve seen family members compromised. They’ve seen them lose the ability to function and to do the things that they need to do as a person. It’s a blight on the community.

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