The local Brothers Against Drugs (B.A.D.) is composed of laymen of Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Their mission is to aid in the prevention of illegal drugs and criminal activity in our community. The group plans a county-wide event in Pacific Park on Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9 for individuals, families and churches to attend. This outreach came about as a vision of late member Mark Wayne Johnson and carried on by current pastor H.B. Nash Sr. and laymen, including Deacon Ronald Lewis, former Layman’s President Corey Spigner and current Layman’s President Clifton Nash. Assisting the Morning Chapel family is Kyle Ray, pastor of Journey Baptist Church of Sulphur Springs. Families, churches and individuals are all invited to attend, free of charge.
Starting at noon on Saturday, there will be hamburgers and hot dogs, 3 on 3 basketball, domino tournaments, dodge ball, water fun and bounce houses. Pastor Kyle Ray will be speaker on Saturday evening, and on Sunday evening, Brother Aaron Ray of Ft. Worth will be speaker after musical praise by church choirs and soloists. This is the 20th year for Praise in the Park.
Community outreach like this event is vital to youth and families, stated Corey Spigner, “…because our youth are so pressured by drugs today”. Parents who were familiar with common drugs back in their day may be out of touch with the lethal dangers of today’s drugs, including new synthetic ones being created and manufactured. According to Spigner, the new drug flakka has effects worse than the worst that were previously available, imparting users with super human strength and demonic actions. It is the hope of Brothers Against Drugs that this drug does not make it’s appearance in our community. He further hopes that parents and others realize the importance of monitoring their children’s friends and activities. He drew a parallel in the recent case of a young teen’s drug-related kidnap and murder in the Metroplex…this young woman was not into drug use herself, but because someone in her family was, she paid the consequences with her life. Brothers Against Drugs is inviting parents, grandparents, neighbors, church family and others to join them in becoming aware and pro-active concerning our youth and others. Find out how you can help by attending the free event in Pacific Park during the weekend of July 8 and 9, or by contacting Morning Chapel Baptist Church at 903-885-4978.