CCOP News

Camden clergy occupy North Camden street corners and pray with community members

Fr Martin Gutwein prays with a community member.

November 14, 2013

Pastors lifted up prayers for healing, strength and restoration for those with prayer requests. Iglesia Para Cristo staffed and prayer booth on the corner of 8th and Elm for the duration. County Police spoke with clergy and community during the time of fellowship and prayer. An unexpected emergency prevented Mayor Dana Redd from keeping her commitment to publicly issue a City Proclamation acknowledging the efforts to promote peace and healing by CCOP, clergy and community. Media crews from Univision and Courier Post were on hand as witness and spoke with several participants. 
Reverend Heyward Wiggins, pastor of the host congregation shared that there is a great need for community collaboration to heal from generations of open-air drug markets and gun violence. He also spoke of the need for training and employment and the impact that legal employment would have in sustaining families and community - providing hope and alternative to the high volume of drug trafficking families living in North Camden are subjected to.  
This gathering was the latest of 50 plus walks completed in Camden. Another night walk for peace is scheduled for Thursday, November 21st, 6:00pm in Fairview - Fairview Community Baptist Church (1063 North Common Rd.). Please mark you calendars and join in solidarity and let Love prevail in your life, words and actions - 1 Corinthians 16:14-16.