THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Folks in Thomasville are hopeful, after gathering in prayer to remember those whose lives were lost in Charleston. Pastors who believe faith and unity will help those healing from this tragedy.
Men and women, from different towns, different congregations, different backgrounds, gather here at St. Mark AME church, all in agreement that no matter what the situation is, God is worthy of praise.
"We can't give up hope. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus's blood and righteousness," said Reverend Currnell Henry, of Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
Praying for healing, justice, and peace for those whose lives were cut short because of hatred.
"God we need you right now Heavenly Father," said Henry. "We know that although that happened, it happened for a reason. But we also know that all things work together for good for those of us who love the Lord. And something good will come out of this."
A positive outlook on the future. Preaching a proactive approach that urges diverse groups to come together before tragedy strikes in this community.
"The Bible calls us to love each other as we have loved ourselves, without exception," said Reverend Jeremy G. Rich First Missionary Baptist Church.
And as nine candles burned in memory of those nine lives lost, strangers were sitting next to one another, united in prayer.
"We don't know what is in the future, but we know who holds the future. And as long as we hold onto God's unchanging hand, everything will be alright," said Henry.