In struggling Jolo, W.Va., a few try to keep alive such expressions of faith.
Pastor Randy "Mack" Wolford handles a rattlesnake during a service at the Church of the Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va. Each Labor Day weekend, the church has hosted a well-documented “homecoming” for snake handlers who believe that the Bible mandates that true Christians "take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." Wolford says: "Anybody can do it that believes it."Lauren Pond/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
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