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Over 69 years ago in the beautiful rolling, spreading rural farm community of God's Country - called Mt. Nebo - the leaders of the Nicholas County Song Convention had designated, and were holding, a homecoming sing at the Nazarene Church Camp, two miles west of the current campsite, near where Route 19 passes through the community. Leaders and singing groups from two surrounding counties (Greenbrier and Fayette) were invited and participated in this convention. The sing was pronounced a tremendous success, as viewed through the gospel singing circles of all present.
While the singing was in progress, a group of the leaders gathered together in the fence corner of an old chestnut rail fence that enclosed the church campgrounds. They decided - and agreed - to organize a three county convention to be held once a year at the same place. This was duly announced, and the following year the response was so great that the suggestion was voiced that it be enlarged to a five county convention including Monroe and Raleigh Counties. Then, in a larger number, the leaders of five counties were called to order in practically the same locality and conditions to include the whole state of West Virginia. This was unanimously agreed upon and the Nonprofit Organization "West Virginia Mountain State Gospel Singers Association" received its name along with the theme, "Where Mountain People Sing to the Glory of God."
The word was spread to all surrounding counties and the convention grew by leaps and bounds to the point where the facilities of the large Nazarene Church Camp were no longer adequate. It was then that the sing was moved to Lover's Leap State Park in Fayette County. In two years, the sing had also outgrown this location. In the search for a greater parking area and other facilities, it was moved in the opposite direction to the 4-H Campgrounds of Camp Caesar in Webster County.
As this location was rapidly depleted, and in a frantic search for a home for the Convention, the leaders were once again directed to the Mt. Nebo area, where 40 acres of land was purchased, and there established the present Gospel Singing home site, very near where it first originated.
Here also, we are now experiencing growing pains and the search continues for the improvement and enlargement of parking and other facilities. God has shown his hand in many wonderful ways to bless the WV Mountain State Gospel Singing Association, especially the grand water well that now provides amply for the 40,000 gallon water tank and system that is now erected on the grounds, as well as providing electricity and sewer for the camper sites that we have available. We believe that God will continue to bless as we move onto our 70th anniversary in 2020 where we hope to upgrade our facilities and give the grounds a fresh new look. Come and rejoice with us in the sound of Gospel music and sing to the glory of God. Everyone is welcome!
We at the WV Mountain State Gospel Singing Convention believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to the Earth, was born of a virgin, lived as a man, was presented as a living sacrifice on the Cross, and rose again three days later, so that we all could live forever in his glorious presence if we chose to accept Him into our hearts.
The West Virginia State Gospel Singing Convention strives to preserve the old-time camp meeting and singing traditions with the annual sings held in May, June, July, and September.
This great Hallelujah Sound, making a joyful noise unto the Lord, has caught on as it echoes and reverberates throughout the hills of Mt. Nebo, West Virginia, lodging in the hearts and minds of thousands of the Lord's people throughout the Nations and even to other Countries. . . They have begun to join in the chorus of "Where Mountain People Sing to the Glory of God" who is smiling upon us! I ask you: Who has brought this Convention from its humble beginning to the great Gospel Singing Convention that now we are all so thoroughly enjoying? Where shall it go from here? Could it be one segment of the Word that shall reach unto the uttermost parts? Only as long, my friend, as we retain that humbleness that was displayed in the fence corner by the founders years ago.
A heritage has been passed down to us. . . Let us pass it on to others!
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