After last week’s deadly shooting in Beckley, Heart of God Ministries came together to show support for not just the victim’s family, but also the city of Beckley. Sunday March 17, some men of faith gathered in the parking lot of the Mad Hatter Club to pray for all effected by recent violence in the city, especially the family of Jalen Joe, who was killed late Wednesday night at that very spot.
President of the men’s organization, Brian Copney, said the increase in violence in the city was the cause for this vigil.
“There seems to be a culture that is over taking Beckley of just violence,” Copney said. “If we as men don’t stand against it and start being proactive instead of retroactive, these strategies will continue to happen.”
Copney said they chose Sunday to hold the pray vigil because it can sometime be hard bringing worship outside of the church. They gathered to pray not just for victim’s family, but also for the leaders of the Raleigh County seat.
“We prayed for our Mayor, our city council, all of our city officials because we are going to need their help,” Copney said.
Around 50 members of the church joined hand in hand with law enforcement.
“We do want to tell our law enforcement that we do have them in our prayers,” Copney said. “We understand that they have a very dangerous job, it’s a very tragic job. So, we want to anoint them also with the blood of Jesus Christ and pray that God continues to watch over them and be with them as they do this dangerous job of protect us the citizens.”
Copney is hoping prayer and praise will help bring peace and prosperity.