Residents Gather To Fight For Community

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

More than 100 people gathered in Harlan County Saturday night to fight for their community but instead of using fists, or protesting with signs, members of the Harlan County Christian Alliance are using God to fight their county's problems.

They say they're tired of the drugs, tired of the poverty, the child abuse, and domestic violence. They say their county needs a solution so they simply looked up.

"We can't just sit back and say we're gonna pray for you. We're gonna have to come together and start working on that," said Bo Lee, Pastor of the Harvest Worship Center.

More than 100 people from 25 different churches crossed denominational lines Saturday night to find unity in their community.

"Law enforcement, our judicial system, social services, they're all doing their part. They're doing the best they can, but it's time the church steps up," said Pastor Buddy Simpson of the Evarts Church of God.

"We're not wanting to manage this problem. We know where the cure is and the cure is Jesus Christ," Lee said.

"We have churches on every street corner and through that, we can touch hearts and change minds," said Mary Beth Lee.

They hope to do just that by putting their faith back in the community.

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