Imagining Abundance in Philippi, West Virginia

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The story of West Virginia is one often told only describing its entrenched poverty, widespread opioid use, and coal -dependent economy.

Ruston Seaman, president of New Vision, Leadership Foundation of Philippi, West Virginia tells us a different story.

Join us as Ruston describes his community through the lens of God’s abundance, seeing it filled with human ingenuity, resources, and built-in assets capable of providing hopeful futures for all its residents.

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