Right now we share a very personal perspective sent our way that provides a powerful message as people of faith work to change hearts & minds in the midst of a Kansas City murder crisis.
It's worth noting that their numbers contradict the 170 total by KCPD but we're giving them the benefit of the doubt because these are church folk and they're not really politically motivated.
The consistency of their Kansas City call to prayer is to be commended and we think the message is exceptionally important as they offer tribute to all of those killed violently this year.
Here's the word . . .
176 crosses were placed on Wornall’s lawn today.
That’s 176 murders this year in KCMO alone - not the entire metro- just Kansas City Missouri which has a population of 495,000 people.
As we placed the name placard’s on each cross what struck me was the young ages of most of the victims including children as young as one.
The news media came out today and took footage of these amazing young people putting up these crosses. They interviewed Rosylin Temple, Rosylin is the director of mothers in charge which is an organization of the parents of murder victims. A couple of TV stations played a brief story about this on one of their newscast. But none of them carried it on all their newscasts and several others didn’t carry it at all. Several of the reporters remarked that they’ve been covering this event for 10 or 11 years.
In other words 176 murders - a records number isn’t all that newsworthy because it’s really not that unusual - I realize tonight in this city it’s become the norm. And we can’t allow that to happen.
Each one of these crosses represents a siblings, parents, grandparents, children of these murder victims who are in unimaginable pain across our city at Christmas. I’m so grateful for churches and people of good will that are coming together to let these folks know that they are not forgotten. Every citizen of the city deserves the right to live in a place where they don’t have to fear violence as a way of life.
You decide . . .