Watch at the East Gate
OneWrite is situated on the eastern side of Lancaster, Ohio, near the CorporationLimits. This location has inspired local resident and Kingdom advocate CharltonBurgett to comment that we might, in fact, be “standing watch” at the East Gateof the town.
Wehave asked ourselves what significance that might have and last month wereceived a possible answer.
Mr.Burgett cares deeply for the people of our community and he has been active inthe battle to stem the epidemic of drug addiction here. The past ten years haveseen this small Central Ohio County become one of the state’s leaders indrug-related crimes, incarcerations and deaths. Fairfield County Sheriff DavePhalen said last week that over half the inmates in the local jail are therebecause of drugs. He estimates 85% of theft-related crime is now committed bydrug users.
Ourcourts are clogged with an endless stream of drug cases. Our addictiontreatment and rehabilitation centers are overburdened and unable to stop thetrend.
Mr.Burgett has called on the community for a concerted effort to draw new battlelines. The foundation for his plan of attack is spiritual, looking to God forauthority. He is asking people to put aside differences and come together inprayer and fasting against the drug addiction problem.
Onegroup has begun meeting in One Write’s conference room during the last hour ofeach week. Between 4:00 and 5:00 on Friday afternoons, people gather to listenand pray for the healing of our community. This is just one of many meetingsthat have begun throughout the county.
Wewelcome Mr. Burgett and all those from the community who come here on Fridays,and we feel honored to host such a worthy activity. This is one way to “standwatch”, helping to make our community a better place, and we look forward withanticipation for the changes that will result from the power of these prayers.