Photo of student preaching in hallways goes viral
LOGAN, W. VA. (KLTV) - It's a photo that's quickly gone viral – students gathered in the hallway to hear a spontaneous sermon from a fellow classmate.
Skyler Miller says the March 24 sermon wasn't planned but, "The Holy Spirit was just thriving inside me and I just got so excited."
The Logan High School junior went into the hall and began to minister to his classmates. Photos of Miller preaching in the hallway have been liked and shared thousands of times on social media.
Miller, who is a Leukemia cancer survivor, said the calling came to him several months prior to his impromptu sermon - which fell on his three-year anniversary of being in remission.
Miller says he was attending a youth service at church when "God put it once again in my heart I need to preach the gospel." He says that it was several months before he worked up the courage to speak at the school.
"About five minutes before the bell rang, God told me, 'Skyler, today is the day. I want you to go preach in the hallways of Logan High School,' " he said.
The teen says he prayed about it, discussed it with his peers and then delivered a sermon focused on building up spiritual walls.
"Our wall has to be built on the spiritual. It can't be physical. It has be built on prayer. … We have to build our wall up spiritually," he said.
Several people snapped photos of the teen, and the posts quickly went viral.
A Florida resident, Brenda Alcaraz Niswander, shared the post on March 25. Since then, the post has received more than 84,000 shares and more than 132,000 likes.
"So this happened at a PUBLIC high school. A student felt led to preach during lunch and the halls were lined with students wanting to hear," Niswander wrote. "This is what it's about!"
Fellow students also applauded Miller's efforts.
"Honestly, it's times like this that I'm so thankful that I go to Logan High!" Makayla Jones wrote on a Facebook post. "It was amazing to see someone stand up for what they believe in and to see everyone come together during their lunch to listen to someone preach. … I believe that big things are getting ready to happen in not only Logan High, but all of the schools in Logan county! So thank you Skyler for doing what you felt led to do! It was phenomenal!"
Miller said that he's received a handful of negative comments but ultimately, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
"Ninety percent just everyone is all for it and thankful for it," he said, later adding, "The atmosphere has just completely changed at Logan. Everyone was happy."
Miller, who plays football and is active in several school clubs, also preaches at his local church.
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