GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – Religious leaders in the Coastal Zone gathered for a night of prayer on Tuesday, seeking a spiritual solution to crime and violence in the community.
Gulf Coast churches filled the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
It’s all part of the Churches United for Christ. Gulfport church leaders came up with the idea of meeting once a month in churches in different neighborhoods.
A day after prayers last month, a shooting involving an officer rocked southern Mississippi.
Just this week, another shootout in Gulfport left two people injured.
“Pray for our municipal leaders. Pray for our communities, especially our young people and also the churches. We come together as one, we can have more impact,” said Pastor James Bell.
Bell is the pastor of Little Rock Baptist Church. He tells WLOX that Churches United for Christ was created to reduce crime, violence and improve the community.
He hopes the prayer vigils will invite more people to worship.
“At the end of our seven months, we hope to see a difference in the crime we have here in Gulfport,” Bell said. “I think our same goal is to have peace and harmony throughout our city. We’re asking everyone to pray for us and other cities will see what we’re doing and hopefully want to do it. likewise.
Churches United for Christ will announce the location of the next meeting in the coming weeks.
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