Boys To Men ministry started in Tuscaloosa to address youth violence
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Pastors from different churches and denominations are now working together to help troubled youth in Tuscaloosa, through a Boys to Men ministry.
“I think it’s important to contact them now because crime is no longer in the chain,” Reverend Scmitt Moore told the WBRC. Moore said he and a group of pastors were working to tackle recent acts of violence involving young people in the city.
“We have lost too many lives. We have too many people who are afraid to leave their homes. We have too many seniors to stay at home and we have allowed our communities to become so dangerous, ”continued Rev. Moore.
Tuscaloosa police said since April 1 there have been 5 murders, 12 attempted murders and 20 shootings in occupied buildings or cars. On Thursday, these ministers held a prayer service at Hay Court to begin reaching out to young people in the area.
“We’re going to love them as a group and our goal is to show them that we love them because we love them,” Moore continued.
Organizers say they must come out of the four walls of churches to reach those who need it most. This is why they are also having a fun family event on Saturday at Hay Court to raise more awareness of what they are trying to do.
“The first thing we have to do is listen to them. This is how we can deliver this message. They go through things. They demand attention. Then we can point and encourage them in the right direction, ”added Rev. William McDowell.
Family Fun Day at Hay Court is set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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