May 31, 2016
Bo Copley, an unemployed coal miner, who gained media attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is a strong Christian who has been at the heart of the revival sweeping West Virginia. …
The revival, which started April 10th at their church, has had a huge impact on Copley and his wife. … After the fourth week of revival, the meetings moved into the neighboring town, Williamson, which Secretary Clinton decided to visit after a last-minute change in her schedule.
On the Saturday before the visit, a soccer mom approached him during a game Copley was coaching and asked if he would represent “an out of work miner” on a panel discussion with Mrs. Clinton. Copley accepted the invitation with some trepidation. … On Sunday he prayed and fasted and kept asking God what he should say. … God kept putting on his heart, Show her your children. Show her the people who are really affected by her comments and her policies. He decided he would bring a photograph of his three children and hand it to Mrs. Clinton at their meeting.
When it was his turn to speak, he talked to her about his industry, and about her divisive comments on the future of coal. “The reason you hear people out there (the protesters) say the things they do is that when you make comments, like ‘we’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs’…these are the kind of people that you’re affecting,” he said, as he handed Mrs. Clinton the photo of his children. Copley also printed Jeremiah 29:11 on the back of the photo.
“I want my family to know they have a future here in this state because this is a great state…West Virginians are a proud people, we take pride in our faith in God, we take pride in our family, in our jobs, in the fact that we’re hard workers. “I just want to know, how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and say you’re going to be our friend? Those people out there don’t see you as a friend.” …
When the roundtable discussion finished, Secretary Clinton made her way over to where Copley and his wife were sitting. She was holding the photo in her hands. She asked about their children, their names and their ages. Then Copley boldly invited her to attend a revival meeting. “She thanked me. She never said no but she didn’t show up,” Copley says.
Then Secretary Clinton shared about her own religious background. “She told my wife and I about her faith, said her family were Methodists, started that way from a revival with John Wesley in the 1800s. My wife told her that we are praying that God’s will is done regardless of who is in office.” Lauren extended her arms and embraced Mrs. Clinton. “She genuinely choked up after Lauren hugged her,” Copley says.
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.
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