LIMA — Around two dozen people turned out to YES FM’s Pray-Test in Lima on Monday night.
The event, organized by the Toledo-based Christian radio station which broadcasts in Lima at WYSM-89.3 FM, was held in light of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The group gathered under the Sanctified Rebels in White tent next to the Goodyear Tire store in Lima to pray and sing hymns.
Brittany Miller came to the Pray-Test with her friend, Sarah Jamison.
“We think this is a very important topic that a lot of people need to know about, and God loves everyone. It doesn’t matter the color of your skin,” Miller said.
Jamison added, “This has been heavy on my heart, and just with growing older and realizing that things have not changed for our black communities, it’s no longer OK for me to just be silent anymore as a white person. I need to listen to our black community members more and be able to share what I’m hearing with my own family and friends, who may not realize that there are privileges that we’ve been afforded as white people.”
Herb Ford, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Lima, was one of the speakers at the Pray-Test.
“I think the important thing is that we make sure that we embrace this season to get closer together, with our nation being ravaged by not only a virus, but also just the magnifying glass being placed on the criminal justice system with the death of George Floyd and all the protests and whatnot,” Ford said. “So what I’d like to do is just really talk to people about embracing each other and loving each other.”
Ford said he was impressed with the peaceful protests that were held in Lima the past two weekends.
“I think that any time you can bring people of all colors, all creeds or ethnic groups together, to make a statement to make a stand, we place ourselves in a position to be a stronger people,” Ford said. “Some people will say, ‘God doesn’t see color.’ Well, yes, he does.
“I mean, he made us that way. He made us on purpose. But one of the things that we can say He did make mankind, so mankind is black, white and every other color that there is. I think that when we can do something and come together and unify to say, ‘Hey, you know, this isn’t really the best situation, and we really need to make some changes,’ I think doing it peacefully and doing it in a way that makes an impact is enormous for our society.”
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