FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Kalen Desrosiers is one of many young people across Fort Wayne that's hearing a message addressing violence and the impact it has locally.
Pastor Luther Whitfield of New Covenant Worship Center says the city and local leaders are trying to save as many lives as they can.
"We believe that in this message today, my hope is that we understand that we can't let our racisms, our prejudices, [or] our past experiences be the stumbling block that keeps us from helping someone who's in need," Whitfield said.
The goal is to bridge the gap between neighborhoods and churches to bring the number of homicides down.
Pastor Whitfield said something needs to be done.
He and several other pastors in Fort Wayne are furthering Mayor Henry's initiative to advocate, ensure equity, and opportunity for black males in the community and to end violence.
"We have a responsibility to our brothers and our sisters. It doesn't matter about race or gender. You know we have a responsibility to the folk of our community," he added.
"I think 'My Brother's Keeper' is a great initiative, and today having all the churches get involved, as Pastor Whitfield said getting out of the physical building into the community is what the church's purpose is, and I'm so glad they did what they did today," Glynn Hines said.
Pastor Whitfield said it's about taking God to the streets, and not just making Fort Wayne the city of churches, but the city of churches that care.