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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Community members took to the streets of the Houston Moore housing complex to stand up to violence.

“People of faith, who believe in the power of prayer have assembled here today, so that we might ask God’s blessings upon these areas where we have an incredible amount of violence, misery, and despair,” explains Wilmington Police Department’s Chaplain, James Jamison Jr.

The ‘Boots on the Ground” program aims to reduce violence and crime in Wilmington. And Jamison says that they have a secret weapon.

“Prayer, we believe, is our trump card,” he says.

They didn’t just pray though, they marched around the complex picking up trash and spreading the word of God.

He explains that “in the book of Joshua, it talks about bringing down the Jericho wall and what they did is they marched around seven times. But they marched around six times silently, and then on the seventh time, they blew the trumpets, and then they began to praise god.”

Thurman Burgess says it’s not the violence that’s the problem though.

“Violence has never been the problem. Violence is a symptom of the problem. Unemployment, education; those are the problems. It’s not violence,” he says.

Burgess says that what these people really need are jobs. He hopes that after seeing this, area businesses will seriously consider hiring people from this area.

“You’ve got people working; they don’t have time for crime. You’ve got people with idle time on their hands, watching foolishness on television; what are they going to do with it? Where is the outlet?,” he adds.

The ‘Boots on the Ground’ group meets the first Saturday of every month to spread the message of love and non-violence. Their next stop is the Creekwood South neighborhood.

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  • droppy

    Perhaps these people should spend less time on their biblical rants and more time on furthering their education and/or looking for work, in order to better themselves and their community. Calling on the good Lord to save a cesspool like Houston Moore is nothing but a waste of time.

  • Wilmington Observer

    During the daytime, the “riffraff” is sleeping, after spending the nights hanging out causing the problems we read about in the local media. If this group believes that prayer is the answer, perhaps, they should be out during the night hours, in these neighborhoods rife with trouble.

    Wilmington Observer

  • PublicAvenger

    One good way to stop the horrible violence, and crime, would be for the government to stop paying 16 year olds to have out-of wedlock babies.

  • alex

    and yet many who march voted for a president who favors gay marriage and late term abortion.. is is just me or is that hypocricy on parade

  • Guest123123

    These folks are not the problem. They are the good law abiding citizens. The ones who are the problem are sleeping while the march is going on.

  • Gramps1945

    I’m sure all the drug-dealing, illegal-gun carrying, thugs, who get welfare checks, and make several thousand tax-free dollars, each month, will immediately stop, when they see these folks, marching and praying. Many of these dope-dealers have already been arrested a half dozen times, and only get a slap on the wrist.

    Sure, we should pray for them. But the only real solution to the violence and drugs…..
    – Drug dealers need to be executed.(Hung In Public)
    – Able bodied people, on welfare, should not be entitled to a penny from the government.

  • Guest of Gramps

    Well Gramps, we all need a little prayer. Even those of us who once stood proudly behing our white sheets and rallied for power. Even those of us who are now living comfortably off the injustices that formed this city. While it’s true there should be more harsh penalties for some of these offenses but if we’re going to start hanging people we should start with the ones who own the boats down on wrightsville beach that’s bringing the supplies in? The thugs might have nice cars but they can’t bring the shipment in because the WPD and the sheriffs department is on to the whole “loud music and shiny rims” profile. Will we also hang the blond haired blue eyed surfer boys that are making several thousands of tax-free dollars selling marijuana and various pills on the peers of carolina beach? I think they should get probation…Let’s just keep praying Gramps.

  • Guestsfndi

    Yeah that will work. Least they picked up some trash and did one thing productive.


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