Church community praying for peace amid city’s violent crime streak

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CUMBERLAND (April 10, 2014) — It was a call to action and chance to pray for our police officers who protect our city every day.

Dozens in the community including a handful of police officers attended a prayer vigil at the Cumberland Christian Church Thursday.

Tom Scott, a minister at the church and chaplain for the Cumberland Police Department, decided to do something to spread the message.

“You can find that peace you’re looking for [here]. It’s not found in a gun. It’s not found in a knife,” said Scott. “These men and women put on their uniform, put on their badge, and serve. You never know what they ride up on, what car they pull over, or what’s going to happen.”

More than 40 people have been murdered in the city of Indianapolis this year. Kristina McGee and her daughter, Kristiana, hope to be a part of the fight as well.

“I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be to lose a child as a parent; whether it be because they’re going to prison or if you’re burying them in the ground,” said McGee. “We have to love out kids. We have to stop trying to be friends and be parents.”

Scott hopes his message will go beyond the church walls. The church plans to continue its ministry on our city’s streets this summer.