More than 150 concerned members of the community made a stand Friday night at Boy Scout Park, addressing the issue of addiction by publicly lifting up prayers over those battling substance abuse.

More than 150 concerned members of the community made a stand Friday night at Boy Scout Park, addressing the issue of addiction by publicly lifting up prayers over those battling substance abuse.

Dubbed “This Little Light of Mine,” the candle-lighting ceremony and prayer meeting was organized for the public by C3 (Cross Connection) Church.

The evening gathering focused on collective prayer for deliverance, restoration and guidance for those in the community who struggle with addiction.

This is the first time the church has done a candlelight prayer open to the public, Pastor Ken Kerbo said.

Kerbo asked anyone with a friend or family member who is still in their addiction to bring their names written down on a piece of paper.

“The names will not be publicized. In fact, no one will see the names,” he said. “They will be sealed in the box and be regularly prayed over.”

Participants traded each slip of paper for a candle in honor of that loved one.

Afterward, the group lit the candles and prayed over the names together, that those addictions represented could begin to be broken.

C3's battle against substance abuse isn't new.

“We have made recovery from addictions a focus for the past three years,” he said. “We understand our community is suffering because of the addiction situation.”

He said his church hopes to show those families who are affected by addiction that they are not alone.

“There is a large number of families in the same situation,” he said.

“We want the public to know that they do not need to struggle through recovery alone,” he said. “We are here to support their recovery.”

We would like this to become an annual event to raise awareness in the community, he said.

Kerbo's church also has initiated other ways to help the hurting.

We have started a nonprofit called Community Connection Points that offers several things toward the overall wellness for our community, including those overcoming their addictions, he said.

“We sponsor the Overcomers Recovery Group meetings five times per week,” Kerbo said. “We also sponsor Magnolia House, a ladies sober living house, and Refuge, which are meetings for high risk ladies and includes clothing for all ages, as well as Team Temple, which offers free exercise twice a week and healthy meal plans.”

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