DAWSON, GA (WALB) - There has not been any violent protests or attacks on police in Dawson, and community leaders want to keep it that way. That was the main reason for Wednesday night's unity service 2016.
First Baptist church joined Raines Baptist Church to worship and discuss the issues of race and policing that have created a divide across the country.
Raines Pastor Raymond Andrews says the two churches have a natural bond, and it's their responsibility to keep peace in the community.
"It all begins with God," said Pastor Andrew. "And we have to bring him back, the author and the finisher of this nation, because we are one nation under God, and we've got to get back to that."
Each church shared its unique ways of worship. Children from Raines performed a praise dance, and the choir from First Baptist blessed the crowd through song.
First Baptist Pastor Jay Thomason admits neither church has all the answers, but both are working toward solutions.
"We need to make a statement," reminded Pastor Thomason. "So many times people want to know what to say, but I think our actions speak louder than our words."
One of the resounding actions was the open invitation to law enforcement. In these trying times, the churches want the community of Dawson to support those who protect and serve.
Corporal Dajuan Walker says he's gotten just that in the wake of the recent turmoil.
"I've gotten more 'I appreciate what you do' here in the last week than I've probably had in the last few years that I've been doing this.," he said.
The love and unity in Terrell County was magnified through the songs and hugs shared this evening.
It was an environment that warmed the hearts of law enforcement, and re-enforced why they suit up every day.
"We care about the citizens of Dawson and it's nice to know the citizens of Dawson care about us and the job that we do. We're all on the same page and we just want everybody to be safe."