Jonesboro church hopes to stop the violence through prayer rally

Jonesboro church hopes to stop the violence through prayer rally

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro church is working to stop the violence after multiple shootings over the weekend.

Last week, Greater Dimensions World Outreach Ministries was in Blytheville for a prayer rally and march. Pastor Carlos Turner told Region 8 News after three deadly shootings in that town over the course of a month, he felt the need to help out.

However, while Pastor Turner was in Blytheville for a march Saturday morning, Police in Jonesboro began investigating the first of many shootings that would happen over the next four days.

The Jonesboro Police Department now has five shooting investigations underway in several different parts of the city. Two are murder investigations.

"What's frustrating to me, to say the least, is that another mother, another father, another brother, another sister, even children are hurt because of the loss of another soul," Pastor Turner told Region 8 News.

Now, the church that was working to heal Blytheville, has changed the focus to healing Jonesboro.

"We can't just wait around for someone else to do something. We can't quit," Pastor Turner said. "We know that there are a lot of people out there doing bad things but I think the reason why this is is because there's an absence of love and an absence of mentorship."

He said his goal is to give those involved in the violence a different outlook on life.

"In order for you to change a reality, you must change a mentality," Pastor Turner said. "We're here to try to convert and change and transform them mentality of our young people so that they can experience a different reality."

Pastor Turner said to do that, the entire community must work together.

"The more we come together and fight together, battling, not fighting each other, but fighting with each other against the real enemy, which is the Devil, I think everything will be alright," Pastor Turner said.

Pastor Turner said his church has planned a prayer rally will take place Friday, May 29 at 6 o'clock at Parker Park in Jonesboro.

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