Lansing community stops the violence concert
LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – There were more than 20 homicides this year, surpassing the number of homicides in 2020. Some church members in the capital say that something needs to be done.
Today the Christ Kingdom Builders Church hosted a concert entitled “Stop the Violence”. The organizers say they wanted people to be encouraged to do good for the community and to spread positive things.
“I just felt it was time to open the doors and let people know there was another way, there is a better way. I’m not saying we don’t get angry, but there is a better way to deal with it, ”said Audrey Anderson Robins, the youth choir director.
Members of the Lansing Congregation say they are tired of the violence in their neighborhood.
“When I hear those gunshots and things like that, I’ll make an appeal. I call and I call the messenger and make a roll call, where are you, you are fine, ”said Robins.
Today they used music, dance performances, and testimonies to get their message across.
“13 years old I was caught at Harry Hill School with a loaded Glock 9, very dangerous situation. I was probably jailed 5, 6, 7 times, “Dara Wiseman told the audience when she gave her testimony. “If you want to make the world a better place, look in the mirror and make the change.”
Church members say they want to prevent the youth from becoming involved in violence and encourage people in the ward to lay down arms.
“As you are young or old, you can help your church change and learn the different aspects of how you can reach your church,” said Angel Taylor, church worship leader.
Robins says it starts with those around her.
“Our youth are hungry right now, they are looking to do something and what is most present is what they take over. We need more positive programs, more positive people to support them, ”she said.
This was the first time the church held the event and organizers say they plan to make it an annual meeting in hopes of making a difference.