Local ministry leans on their faith through gun violence struggle
The group says no longer can the church remain in its four walls.
TOLEDO, Ohio — I’ve covered rallies, motorcycle rides, youth programming, and now a prayer service — all to combat the issue of gun violence in Toledo.
“I just put out the call, and whoever was willing to answer that, I’m grateful.”
Antoinette Goodloe is with the ministry ‘Acts 2 Fellowship’, a group that aims to bring the mission of the church from inside its four walls — and out into the community.
“The way that the church started is that they would come together, spend time in prayer and studying the word, and then they would go out and do ministry,” Goodloe added. “It’s about taking it outside the walls, taking it to the youth, taking it to the women, taking it to the men, taking it to families as a whole.”
While the homicide numbers are down from this same time last year, the victims are seemingly younger. From a 7-month-old baby to a 10-year-old to even a 14-year-old, there have been too many heartbreaking cases.
Goodloe says that between our area schools, families, and even the church, there is responsibility that’s shared for what’s happening in our city.
“I think there’s some parents that are actually afraid of their kids, because of things they’ve gotten into. The influences in their lives that are pulling them in another direction. And they feel as though they have no control, no influence over them. And we’re praying that they take that back — and that they have influence over their children,” she added.
The group has another event planned for September, and that one will be held at Smith Park. Goodloe explains that they will then head out into the surrounding neighborhood.