Ministry Members Seek To Cure The Ills Of City Homicides

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 31, 2010 Updated Dec 31, 2010 at 6:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Can prayer heal the grim effects of homicide?

Members of a Fort Wayne ministry took to the streets New Year’s Eve to try and prove that it can.

"Heal the Land Prayer Services" has been around for several years, with the group visiting sites of violent crime to read scripture, to ask for God's mercy and to try and re-claim the ground for good.

About ten people showed up at an apartment complex off Hobson Road Friday, to pray for the situation surrounding the homicide of 2-year old Jezaih King, whose mother Latisha Lawson is now jailed.

She told police she fed the child olive oil and vinegar until he stopped breathing back in 2009, but didn’t tell anyone of the death until police got a tip 13 months later.

The group also shook holy water over a property in the 500 Block of East Rudisill, where Marvell Fair was shot and killed December 18th.

Though they feel removing the stain of bloodshed is what God wants them to do, members, in addition, say we need to be supporting jail ministries, and possibly some sort of mediation option.

Janet Mitchell/Healing the Land: " The statistics are fantastic about getting first offenders to face their victims. They would rather go to jail sometimes. It's really crucial to get a program like that started here."

Patric Driscoll/Healing the Land: " We ask the community to join us whenever we're here, our goal is to not have to do this anymore."

The Healing the Land concept is rooted in the Bible.

It goes back to what scripture lays out as the first recorded murder.

After Cain killed Abel, Cain was marked for derision and made to be a nomad because he shed the blood of his brother.

The group believes you need to call for God's grace to right the wrongs that happen at the scenes of violence.

Marvell Fair's sister Shamitra Fair witnessed the prayer outreach and said she supports the idea.




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