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Spiritual leaders to discuss the violence in Waterloo

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Pastor Morris Anderson of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church grew up in Waterloo. He has seen how things have changed over the years and now he is doing what he can to put an end to the violence, by coming together with other area spiritual leaders.

"What I'm tryng to do is send a plea out to all the pastors of the Cedar Valley, because this isn't a east side or west side or Waterloo or Cedar Falls problem, but it's a Cedar Valley problem," Pastor Anderson said.

The congregation at New Hope Baptist Church know about the violence in Waterloo all to well. The Kwik Star across the street was where Monday's shooting took place. Pastor Anderson said despite the number of shootings he was still surprised it hit so close to his spiritual home.

"Now that it's in our neighborhood, it's time for us to come out of the four walls and begin to do what we can to help those families that are part of our neighborhood and community," said Anderson.

Anderson says now is the time to find answers from a higher power.

"The first thing is prayer because there is a lot of things we can't control in our state, our police department, but the one thing we can control is prayer and that will get things done that others things can't get done."

The meeting for spiritual leaders is scheduled for 5:30 Monday evening at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

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