Prayer assembly for cops and civilians in High Springs
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In High Springs, cops and civilians came together Saturday morning for a prayer service.
The Meeting for a Miracle Prayer Assembly had the small town feeling at peace even after recent events around the world.
About 100 people came out to help unify the community.
Minister Cory Bing said, "It kind of agonized me to see the violence. It was basically cops against the community and that's not how it's supposed to be."
Cory Bing was a minister who thought of the Meeting for a Miracle that gathered law enforcement, first responders, and the High Springs community Saturday.
He said he understands both sides of the national debate, having worked in law enforcement.
"It's different because I've been on the side of law enforcement official that's been the bully and I've also been the black man behind car thats getting picked on," said Bing.
"It's a great feeling to see that so many people in the community that love us and support us, and were not afraid to show up and support us and pray with us," said Sgt. Adam Joy with the High Springs Police Department.
Many religious leaders in the area came to show their support, including Bill Peel the Associate Pastor at Vision Tabernacle. "Just to have people get together in fellowship and to realize that there are differences but they don't have to be dividing differences, that there can be unity in difference," he said.
The community gathered just outside the High Springs Police Department.
Lead Chaplain Derek Lambert lead the prayer to remind his community of the tragedies around the nation.
"In a community like ours, it's often relatively quiet. Our officers are appreciated. But sometimes what we don't say, gets forgotten," said Lambert.
Bing said, "It's one nation under God, so by us putting God first and coming together as a community, we can restore the love in the community."
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