On Tuesday, Oct. 24, at least 120 people from at least eight different area churches showed up at the Sandy Ministerial Association's Drug Awareness Symposium, held at the Sandy Assembly of God Church. More than a half-dozen people - from police officers to politicians to pastors - spoke at the event about the drug problems in the area.

'The whole point was to broaden the base of understanding in terms of our congregations,' said Lowell Weare, Pastor of Living Way Fellowship and the founder of the symposium. 'At this point, we're really praying for individuals to rise up.'

The next step of the local church movement, which seeks to fight drug abuse in the Sandy area and come alongside people who have been stuck in addictions, is prayer. Members of the faith community will meet at Living Way Fellowship, 39300 Dubarko Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, to develop a strategy to pray for the city and for divine direction in the way of the anti-drug mission. Those strategies will be employed at a prayer meeting Saturday, Nov. 11, at Living Way Fellowship.

To learn more about the faith community's anti-drug efforts or to receive help, call 503-668-8088.

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