EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSChurch Members Take Stand Against Crime
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 28, 2013 9:10 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 28, 2013 10:04 PM EDT
Campbells Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Neighbors in the Campbell's Creek area are concerned about an increase in crime.
They've seen an uptick in everything, from break-ins to drug activity.
Members of several churches in the community lined a 10-mile stretch to get out their message at the "Stand up for Jesus" rally, where concerned Christians hoped to make a difference.
“We've had shootings, people getting stabbed, but a lot of drug problems and difficulties,” William Kincaid of Campbell's Creek said.
That's why Kincaid and several other churches along Campbell's Creek held the rally - to let criminals, drug addicts and lost souls know there is an option.
“I want to tell them God loves them,” Carol Perry of Campbells Creek said. “He sent his son to die on the cross to pay sins penalty and that, if they just come to him and profess, he can give them new life, deliver them totally.”
Some at the rally said they've been down a rough road and know how God's love can change one's life.
“I used to be one of the guys who was carrying on,” David Crowder said. “The wild guy that visited a place like that back in the day. I'm not proud to do that. God can change anybody. He changed me.
While Campbell's Creek might have a reputation of a crime-driven community, the group, Concerned Christians for Campbell's Creek, has a goal.
“If one person can be turned around by our efforts and by the power of the Holy Spirit, it's made all of this worthwhile,” Kincaid said.
The event was the second Stand up for Jesus rally in Campbells Creek, and organizers said it would not be the last.
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