Barbara A. Thurmond's last wish was to have a 40-day campaign to protest crime in Augusta through prayer and fasting.
Her dream became reality when it kicked off Monday at New Creation Missionary Baptist Church on Olive Road.
"This was her dream. She asked us to get with all the churches, fellowship with them and let them know that we are here," said Frank Johnson, the head of Blacks Against Black Crime Inc.
Ms. Thurmond, a co-founder of the organization, died Aug. 25. She had founded the organization to fight crime in Richmond County.
Mr. Johnson said that the goal for the next 40 days is to reach out to members of the community and to come up with a solution to the crime problem in Augusta:
"We have confidence that our prayers will be heard and he (God) will provide the answer."
During the service, the organization identified 11 needs that it wanted the community to pray for: love, peace, self-control and discipline, tolerance and patience, determination, wisdom, a strong and just government, respect, responsibility, deliverance, and God's grace and mercy.
Mr. Johnson said he believes that improving people's lives is a key element in their mission.
"If you increase the quality of life, you minimize crime," he said.
Lillian Thurmond, the mother of Ms. Thurmond, was present at the service.
"Don't stop. The kids need you," she said.
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