Local churches organize prayer vigil in response to area opioid crisis

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Members of more than 10 local churches will gather for a prayer vigil in response to the opioid crisis Wednesday evening.

CityReach Church in Endicott will host the service which will include music, worship, and testimonials by recovering addicts.

The goal is to raise awareness, encourage others to get involved, and pray for those struggling with substance abuse.

Reverend Andrew Rosenbarker is a pastor at Two Rivers Church in Binghamton.

He says the power of prayer has helped him to stay sober for the past seven years.

"I've seen people come off drugs, especially heroin and alcohol and all kinds of substance abuse through the power of prayer.  So, why we're doing this is to get the people together, concerned citizens throughout Broome County.  We're going to get multiple churches coming together and we're just going to pray for our city," said Rosenbarker.

Rosenbarker also founded a group called Brand New Addiction Recovery that, among other things, organizes sober gatherings and parties for people in recovery.

Wednesday's prayer vigil runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at CityReach Church at 1701 Riverview Drive in Endicott.

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