Tampa church holds vigil after Charleston church murders

Conversations about racial reconciliation dominate conversation at local vigil

Without Walls Vigil for Charleston
Vigil held at Without Walls International Church in Tampa after the murders in Charleston, SC. (WFLA)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — There was a search for answers and peace for many who gathered at Without Walls International Church on Kennedy Thursday night. The church held a vigil after the murders at a Charleston, South Carolina church.

“The bible says we should forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing. This man if he knew what he was doing, would he go and kill, no,” said church member Nana Sekyere.

Dozens of people packed into the service while multiple pastors from Tampa Bay Area churches hope to provide peace from the pulpit.

“I always say this to my congregation, nothing happens that has not passed through the hands of a sovereign god first,” said Without Walls International Church Bishop Randy White. “It rains on the just and the unjust.”

During the service the pastors at the service held a panel where talks of racial reconciliation dominate the talk.

“When we show them that and we live the testimony that’s the best example we can give them,” said Lead Pastor of Refuge Church in New Port Richey, Pastor Ronnie Stewart.

Those gathered also gave money that the church said they will send to Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston.

“When people come together in unity on one accord, something desperately, heaven hears us, god hears us,” said Sekyere.

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