Dozens of people from Elim Baptist Church walked the streets of the Sand Hills community Sunday in hopes of bringing change to a once thriving neighborhood.The church is located in the heart of that location, so it is advocating for change.
“My prayer is as we have walked, you pled the blood of Jesus over this community,” Pastor George Miller of Elim Baptist church prayed.
Dozens united Sunday to pray and proclaim change in the Sand Hills community in Augusta off of Wrightsboro Road.
As the walk began, the first stop: Where on two different occasions, two men were shot– one killed and the other injured.
“We know that the enemy is the author of confusion. We know that he wants to see us kill one another, but God, we know when you say peace, there will be peace,” Pastor mIller prayed.
Deacon Ellis Johnson has attended Elim Baptist Church for nearly 70 years. He has seen first hand how the community has transformed: “The older members have died, and whoever their heirs were have not up kept the property.”
Like boarded up houses. Deacon Ellis told me another problem is that there aren’t any places nearby for the neighborhood kids to gather– like parks and playgrounds.
Pastor Miller hopes to buy a piece of land that has been vacant for years to change that: “What else are they going to do without viable alternatives besides get into things we don’t want them to get involved in?”
Ellis explained the church used to have a big impact on the community, and Pastor Miller wants to see that again: “The church cannot just exist behind the four walls– we have to extend beyond, and do work in the community. I don’t want to ust talk good on Sunday mornings, but I want to do some good in the community.”
Pastor Miller told me he has talked with Commissioner Fennoy about revitalization ideas.
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