By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Recent shootings, robberies, and other problems in the neighborhoods of south Cape Girardeau have inspired local pastors to take back the streets.
"I have faith," said Pastor Byron Bonner of True Vine Ministries.
He and Brother Darryl Reddin are on a mission. They want to turn things around.
"My vision is that we change the way somebody's living their life," said Bonner.
"The drugs, the shootings," said Reddin. "The hanging out, kids have no where to go."
They are two members of the church community planning a march of 1000 through the streets of south Cape.
"I want to annoint the streets of the south side," said Bonner. "I want to change the atomsphere, take the atmosphere of the church to the outside."
"We don't want to condemn anybody," said Reddin. "We just want to show people we love them."
Reddin grew up on Good Hope Street.
"For other kids," he said "I don't want other kids in the mess that's going on now. If we don't change it, it will get worse before it gets better."
Even minutes before we interviewed Bonner and Reddin, police responded to a call of shots fired on Benton St. Officers didn't find anything, but they tell us they are happy to respond to the call from a concerned member of the neighborhood watch. Pastor Bonner says that's an example of what it will take to turn things around.
"It's great to see people watching the neighborhoods," said Bonner.
Bonner's daughter, Adrina, is making prayer clothes for the march. She'll be one of many people they hope to see walking through the streets, hoping to see it become a better place. "A place people can come and say I grew up here," said Reddin, "Say it has gotten better."
Freedom Road Ministries are also involved. The march is set for 10 a.m. on Dec, 6th. It will start at Ranney Park at Frederick and Willow and continue over four miles to the Hanover neighborhood. Everyone is invited.