Wichita Falls, TX -
A group of pastors and residents in Wichita Falls will gather Tuesday night for a community prayer vigil.
The meeting will take place at New Jerusalem Baptist Church located at 1420 Borton Street at 6 p.m.
"Hopefully we can say that Wichita Falls is the city that faith built," said Angus Thompson, Pastor at the church for more than 30 years.
The community of believers will come together in prayer following a shooting that killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church In Charleston, South Carolina.
Pastor Thompson said the prayer meeting is a time for local congregations to thank God they did not have to experience what happened on June 17. Despite the circumstances he said the people of that city turned a bad situation into good.
"The incident that happened in Charleston which could have happened in any church. Our church or a church across Wichita Falls," said Pastor Thompson. "People came together that would have never come together and address."
He believes this type of interaction and dialogue can bring about change.
"We are going to have ministers from across town who never set foot inside this building. We gone have people that never been over here before. So that's good," said Pastor Thompson.
At least 10 different local churches, church members and people throughout the community are expected to be in attendance. He said their church doors will be open and all are welcome to come in.
"Hopefully, we can see there is a benefit not only in touching hearts. If we can touch hearts, we can change minds," said Pastor Thompson.
His hope is that this meeting will only be the first of many more opportunities for pastors of different churches in Wichita Falls to fellowship and discuss issues that affect people in the local community.