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TITLE (EDIT)
Victory In The Mist Of Defeat
DESCRIPTION
A young pastor along with other concerned community leaders and pastors hold a meeting to discuss prevention steps for the summer in an area known for drugs, crime and murder.
[882 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Biography
AUTHOR
Bridgett Nesbit
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bridgett Nesbit is a single mother and award winning writer for newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer.
[April 2009]
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Victory In The Mist Of Defeat
Bridgett Nesbit

Pastor Bradley Moss of Victory Outreach Center gave a
stirring message to a handful of pastors and their
congregations on Thursday at the Bentley Center in
South Statesville.
The event, which was intended for over 70 pastors, was
meant as a gathering for all denominations throughout
the county with hopes of coming up with a united faith
based plan for the community.
Those scattered through out the facility were asked to
come closer to the front and the surplus of food was
donated to others in need.
Two young men were asked to come to the front by host
Kenneth 'K-Daye' Daye and asked a powerful question:
If you were standing on the corner who would you
listen to if they approached you, a pastor or a
policeman?
Both answered a pastor stating that they would listen
because they trust them to feed into their lives.
Daye said that is the reason he wanted to get the
pastors together, "There is still so much to be done,
the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few,"
Daye said. "You, the pastors can help save more people
on the streets by ministering than the police can by
locking them up so the prison system can teach them to
be better criminals when they get out.
For Moss the lack of attendance did not deter the
intent of his message, "The absence of pastors in the
community says a lot because we need them to stand and
be counted," Moss said. "But we are not disappointed
because God said not to depise a small beginning."
Moss said that our religious community has power
within the church that needs to be seen outside of
their buildings and to stand up in this time and be
counted. "Jesus took his ministry to the streets and
we need to follow his example," Moss said. "We as the
body of Christ will have to give in account for the
souls we could have led to Christ if we do not go back
to basics and take back our streets."
Others in attendance were armed with more than a
pulpit and passion for the area, many like Pastor
Tawanna Myers of Divine Ministries knew what it felt
like to lose family members.
Myers lost two nephews in a car accident that brought
national attention to the area, when seven teens died
after a high speed chase inTroutman.
She said she saw the community and the county take own
a new level of committment to helping to change the
area's problems with a presistent approach. But as
publicity wanned she said the efforts did also, her
concern now is that other teens will have to die
before pastors unite to fight the vices of drugs and
crime.
"When our family lost my two nephews it pained me so
bad that I knew we had to carry our ministry to the
streets, it is the only way to save the teens and our
community. Myers plans to work with the others in
attendance in furthering efforts and will hold another
march with her church on June 2.
Rev. Harold Smith of Pleasant Hill in Hamptonville
came out because of his brushes with death while
running the streets. The 43 year old father and
grandfather said the lure of the streets led him in
directions that could have cost him everything. Now
legally blind Smith says he was stabbed five times and
left for death after a drug deal went bad.
"I was left for dead but God had another plan for me,"
Smith said. "I can't see the problems in the streets
but I can still hear the pain of the streets and the
people"..."I wish I would not have seen then where
that life was taking me but now I want to be a
positive part of correcting the problems in our
communities."
His church has a ministry, "Open Doorz," which mentors
young men throughout the county and he walks with a
guide to share his testimony with others. Smith said
that though many think they will be in danger the
young men on the corner respect God, "They just don't
have the beauty of a relationship, one that can change
their lives," Smith said. "All churches should be in
the business of turning trgedies into powerful
testimonies that clean up the streets."
Moss said the dinner was meant to show the faith
community that they acknowledge there are many
programs but the need for a collective effort from all
is needed. He said that another person should not have
to die because laymen and women are waiting for a move
of God in the streets that does not require their
attendance.
"It only takes one person to speak out, when the
pastor speaks he can instill the passion needed in his
sheep (congregation) for a greater effort of
evangelism as activism," Moss said.
An area that represents less than 1/3 of the cities
total population has been infested by drugs and crime
for over 20 years. In 2004 the condition of the area
prompted federal officials to fight for funding,
stating that the 2.6 square miles had staggering crime
that were substantially higher than local, regional
and national averages.
For Moss those facts have been evident for too many
years, "It is simply time to stand up and be counted,"
he said. "It will require men and women who understand
that pointing the finger will not fix the problem but
standing in the gap will."
For Jakobi Conner, a 15 year old who used to hang on
the corners, losing child hood friends and seeing that
there was no life in the streets helped him to get
back on track.
"It took a pastor taking the time to reach out to me,"
Conner said. "That's why I came, because I know that
is the most powerful part of fixing the problem
pastors reaching out."

 

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
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