Category Archives: Haysi

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What is a Church anyway?

There are many denominations and many opinions on what a “church” is.  Jesus tells Peter he will build it on him when giving Peter the name Rock.  The Greek word for church is ekklēsia, or a gathering of those called out (Vines).  

So what does church look like?  For our team at ElysJoy, we are waiting for the Holy Spirit to tell us exactly how he wants us to “gather”.  We do know, that like many in love with our Savior, we are “called out”  and waiting for the fire to come to the mountain of Dickenson County, Va.   It is stirring…..I can feel it…Can you?

Pray for Revival...RenewalChange…for Jesus to make the way….It’s coming!

Why does God let bad things happen? From Bartlick to Boston

Boston strongSometimes we don’t understand why things happen.  We ponder, scratching our head as a child suffers or a parent fights alcohol or drug addiction or  something precious to us is destroyed by negligence, evil intend or even accident.    I hear people ask,“Why would God do that?” or more often “Why would God let that happen?”  The answer is simply- God doesn’t cause our problems, or sickness or  heartache or loss but he DOES use them for the glory of His kingdom.

Sometimes we  or someone near us is changed by tragedy and sometimes someone we don’t even know will be transformed by our affliction.  One thing is certain, in the end Jesus wins.  He takes what satan conjures up to send us into chaos and works it out for good.  A single horrific incident  or a series of bad circumstances can lead people to a life tucked in the arms of a Savior that loves us without fail.

Paul writes “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  Paul, suffered greatly and he yet he speaks of a light momentary affliction.  Paul actually gives us a list of his suffering in Chapter 11  beginning with verse  23 of his second letter to the Corinthians.  Just to name a few,  he faced death from:

  • beatings
  • the open sea
  • fellow Hebrews
  • non believers
  • stoning
  • imprisonment
  • hunger
  • thirst 
  • many others

Earlier in the chapter he writes:  ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

As I pondered this scripture today, I thought of my grandmother.  She had a hard life in Bartlick Va view form ElysJoy ChurchBartlick, VA, a little town tucked up in the Appalachian Mountains on the outskirts of Haysi, VA.   Her father died when she was only 11.  She had ten children and no money.  Her husband was burned over 90% of his body in a coal mining accident before disability pay existed.  She fought breast cancer in her late thirties, before there were any pink ribbons or races for a cure.  Her life, ended at only 63 from  very painful liver cancer.  Yet, above all this tragedy, she was  loved the Lord more than anyone I had ever met.  

Like Paul’s life, on the surface, hers seems unfair,  even tragic.  But her prayers, to have all her family through every  generation love Jesus  as she did, changed the lives of many and continue to do so today.

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As I scroll back through the pictures of children that are beginning to know Jesus in the building she set aside for the work of Jesus nearly 50 years ago., I am amazed at the mercy of God and how continues to  honor the prayers of his children even after their earthly life is over.  

Many lives were lost last week in the Boston bombings by an act that can only be defined as evil.  Children dead and maimed, entire families injured and a city paralyzed by fear.  But as time passes we will begin to see the lives transformed and the goodness  of God shine through.  Once again, Jesus will use darkness to shine light.  He always has and always will!


Recovery for Your Life in 2013

I will restore the anient ruinsThe word recovery is thrown around everywhere these days.   There are television shows about it, there are groups that support it, there are people that tell us they are in it, whose job it is to search for treasure that needs to be recovered, computer program that recover data….  The list is endless.   But what is recovery really? defines recovery as:

  1. the regaining of or possibility of regaining something lost or taken away.
  2. restoration or return to health from sickness.
  3. restoration or return to any former and better state or condition.
  4. time required for recovering.

The Bible has a lot to say about it.  Throughout both the Old and New testament God speaks of recovery many, many times.  In 2013, ElysJoy will focus on a series of blog posts that discuss how to overcome and receive the recovery God intends for his people from whatever keeps them separated from the life God intended and restored to the person we were made to be.

Let’s face it, we all need recovery, restoration, return to a better state or condition from something.  We all need time to do that properly. God’s Word says, we are already promised it.  The Bible makes clear, that’s what God is calling his people to do.  In the face of everything,  we are just people but God is God and that is the key!  A relationship with Jesus restores and gives recovery to every one that asks Him.

ElysJoy is dedicated to restoration by using the gifts God gave us to fill the needs of the poor in spirit, in finances, in health….Our key Scripture remains the same a year after we first opened our doors in a small church house in Haysi, Va.    “He has send me to bind up the broken-hearted…..”Read more of Isaiah 61:1-7   

Come back over the next few months and see the new things Jesus is doing and what recovery is all about.

ElysJoy Christmas Celebration 2012

ElysJoy Christmas Celebration 2012Come join us for the Christmas Celebration 2012.  We have dialed it up a notch since we will also be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of working together with the people of Dickenson County.   Both adults and kids will enjoy an afternoon of fun including: games for the kids, Christmas carols and take home treats. Each registered child will receive a gift bag as well.  View the PDF invitation here!

Register on line to have your take home treat and your child’s gift bag reserved.

When:  Saturday December 15th from 4:00 pm to 6:00

Where: The Upper Room at ElysJoy, 5219 Bartlick Road, Haysi, Va.

Phone:  276-644-2625

If you still need a coat  or previously registered for a coat, you can pick it up there!  Complete the Christmas Celebration form and note in the comments section you would like to pick up your coat.  Can’t wait to see everyone!

If you still need a coat and live in Dickenson County Va

October 2012 Coat DistributionThe coat distribution in October was a great success!  As mentioned in a previous post, through the power of Jesus, we were able to give out  over 130  coats in the Dickenson County, Va  area.  Since then, many generous people donated more coats!   we want to make sure they get out there to you guys that may need them to keep warm.  In addition, some folks who  couldn’t pick them up on that Saturday Oct. 6th may still need a coat, hat or gloves.

On Tuesday November 20th the ElysJoy team will be at the Upper Room location on Bartlick Rd in Haysi, to give out more coats to those that may need them and let those that missed picking up their reserved coat to still have a coat for the winter that is quickly approaching.

To reserve your coat complete the form by clicking HERE  and come to the Upper Room at 5219 Bartlick Road, Haysi Va on the November 20th between 10 am and noon or between 2 and 4 pm to pick it up.

If you have already reserved a coat this year  and didn’t get to pick it up on the Saturday in October, just email us that you still want us to hold it for pick up on November 20th.  Our email address is  Any reserved coats not picked up on that day will be distributed to others as needed.