Wilmington church holds special service for child abuse prevention

Temple Baptist Church (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington church participated in a national day of prayer for abused children and those who rescue them. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the last Sunday of April is a special day.

“I think it’s a very positive thing because there are so many children who endure abuse. Many of them we don’t know about it, but then there’s some where the situation is very obvious and so it’s important for us to be lifting them up in prayer,” Senior Pastor Mark Gaskins said.

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Temple Baptist Church in Wilmington hosted their second annual Blue Sunday to show appreciation to those who deal with child abuse cases and to pray for those who are victims.

“I mean like I said anytime you can be recognized for just doing your job is just a little added something to it, but we are thankful for the church and to have this opportunity to come out, Wilmington Police Sergeant Lisa Kittrell said.

The church invited law enforcement, social services and other entities to join them for worship. The organizer of this Blue Sunday said he hopes people understand this is an issue in many communities.

“I do recognize that through friends and family that have been through this abuse that it’s something that traumatized them throughout their entire lives and there is a healing that I think is needed in the community, as well you know healing through Christ healing through prayer that the church can offer,” organizer Logan Cartwright said.

Kittrell said beyond Blue Sunday, the community needs to keep their eyes open.

“People need to be aware that if children don’t look right or don’t act right, I mean they need to report that right off the bat. Never let that type of situation go,” Kittrell said.

The church also had a luncheon after worship for those who deal with child abuse situations.  During the luncheon some agencies explained their mission and what they do.