LYNCHBURG, Virginia. – For the second night in a row, the residents of Lynchburg have come together in solidarity to take a stand against violence in the city.
More than 50 local churches attended the event in Miller Park on Friday night, and the conversation is leading to action in Hill City.
“I think one of the things we need to do is consolidate together so that we can move mountains,” said One Community, One Voice director James Camm.
While he knows there is power in the unit, he says it will take a lot more to stop the recent rise in violence involving young people.
“Stop allowing unwanted behavior in your neighborhood. Stop letting people invade your neighborhood where you are uncomfortable.
Camm says people are in pain and it is important that they have a chance to be heard.
“Let’s stop the violence, unite and support the city,” says Monika Osborne.
As the mother of three teenagers, Osborne agrees to take over the city.
“I see they are screaming, our community is asking for more than it gets,” says Jackie Burgess of Living Word Ministries.
It starts with community outreach, something Burgess is no stranger to. She says it is important to talk to children about their needs. She says she would like to see more programs in town to keep kids busy and off the streets.
“We have to share the hope. That’s what I love about outreach because I can actually reach out to a person, ”she says. “I can knock on their door and share with them the love, hope and light of God.
Before the city can move forward, there is a healing to be done. The healing that city leaders say will come once the community speaks out and works with local law enforcement.
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