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A Rugged Man becomes a Building Block

Blue Ridge Mts

The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with Buffalo Mt. in the background

The mountain churches of the Blue Ridge have some extremely interesting history, especially the Rock Churches that were built by the dedication of one rugged man who found Jesus Christ as his Savior and went on to make the Blue Ridge Mountains his mission field.

Bob Childress

The following video tells the story of Bob Childress as told by narration and his Grandson, Stewart Childress, who carries on the ministry in these hills.  My husband, Bill Boyer,  has been privileged to be a part of the ministry here as needed and called on when we live here for a few months of the year.

You are invited to come and see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on your next trip to Virginia in the U.S.A and worship in one of the six churches called Rock Churches because each one is built from the rocks of the mountain.  You will be given a warm, southern welcome.

  • Bluemont, in Patrick County, built 1919, rock-faced 1945-1946.
  • Mayberry, in Patrick County, built 1925, rock-faced 1948.
  • Buffalo Mountain, in Floyd and Carroll Counties, build of fieldstone in 1929.
  • Slate Mountain, in Floyd and Patrick Counties, built of fieldstone in 1932, expanded in 1951.
  • Dinwiddie, in Carroll County, built of fieldstone in 1948.
  • Willis, in Floyd County, built of fieldstone in 1954.

Here is the story in brief form to wet your appetite to read the full story in The Man Who Moved a Mountain.   by Richard Davids.

Book Man Who Moved a Mountain


VIDEO: Turn up sound   (from DanTraveling)

Another book about the Blue Ridge Mountains    Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More by N.W. Boyer

Coming out this Fall will be a new book by N.W. Boyer   Spencer’s Mill




A man was peeking through the corn as we walked about a mile to the place where women weaved their cloth. It frightened me at first, but then I realized that he was simply curious. We continued to walk, occasionally getting a look at the volcano in the distance. This is Guatemala. A land where many of our vegetables are grown.  It is a beautiful land with a difficult political history.  Our mission was to meet with the women in the remote areas who were health providers.  The midwife we met was on call  twenty-four  hours and this often meant that she walked miles once the message came that a baby was about to be born.  Often it was raining and our visit to them was a look first hand at swollen creeks and slippery mud.  The Health Providers are trained by Christian churches to go into the very remote areas to teach women the basic standards of health…thus preventing disease. 

One village  was the home of a Christian group whose children had learned the cottage industry of sewing and embroidery after the men and older boys of the village had been murdered. This happened during a governmental, political problem in the 1980’s.  Dogs drug in the bones for weeks after the raid, but these women were determined to keep their families together.  Even today, these  people have it very difficult.  Their products must be brought for miles into Guatemala City….sometimes riding the “chicken buses” crowded to overflowing.   When the U.S warned of unrest in Guatemala, the tourist trade dropped off, hurting these people desperately.   Ruth and Nohemi are weavers and sewers who make tablecloths, jackets, and handbags.   Many of their creations are sent back to the U.S. to be sold, thus helping their economy.

American missionaries spend time giving medical treatment at the Proyecto Salud  y Paz  in Quetzaltenango.   We visited their dental clinic that was making do with out of date equipment, but the people lined up for hours for the care. They also ran a small pharmacy.  It was amazing to see the tender love  that  these missionaries had for the people of Guatemala.  They said, at the time, the only real need they had was a high wall to help to protect their compound.

The John Wesley School was extremely poor. The floors were dirt and the building needed great repair.  However, more than one hundred children packed into this school with almost no sanitation.  A number of  American people have returned since this trip, bringing aid to the people of Guatemala.

The next time you eat some fruit or a vegetable that is labeled, “Grown in Guatemala”, think of these hard working, devout people who are still walking under the volcanoes and through the corn fields.   They are, after all. our neighbors to the south.

BOYER WRITES  by N.W. Boyer      (See slide presentation below)

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