Local Pastor shares his vision of decreasing crime
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 16, 2011 | 3113 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Power of God Fellowship Ministry Pastor Howard Brazile talks about his church’s outreach ministry in the area that will store food and clothing for recipients. There also will be a prison outreach. 
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Power of God Fellowship Ministry Pastor Howard Brazile talks about his church’s outreach ministry in the area that will store food and clothing for recipients. There also will be a prison outreach. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Pastor Howard Brazile said his wife keeps his money because she knows he will give it all away. Brazile said that's just in his spirit to give and help others.

"I can't stand to see someone homeless or in jail," said Brazile, pastor of Power of God Fellowship Ministry.

Brazile said he believes every church should do outreach. "I want to be able to do more outreach because that is what church should be about, helping people," he said.

Brazile's beliefs and desire to help others gave him the idea to start a prison ministry through his church. With the blessing of his nearly 100-member congregation, he is aiming to expand it.

"The main thing we want to do is help prisoners get adjusted back to society when they are released," he said.

Brazile said he's busy improving the ministry and putting together a proposal to present to city leaders. He hopes to meet with the mayor, police chief, sheriff and other leaders sometime in the next few months.

Brazile said he wants to let those who use prison and jail as a revolving door to know that the cops and judges are not their enemy. He said it's important they understand the law enforcers are just doing their job.

"If you violate the law you have to go to jail," he said.

Brazile said a lot of young people have no respect for the law and he's hoping to change that.

"I know I have my work cut out for me, but that's my pet thing," he said.

Brazile said he wants to spark something in every church in Cartersville. "I believe we can help lower crime," he said.

He also wants to meet with industries in Cartersville and surrounding areas. "If we train these people and teach them to adjust to society, will you give them a chance?" he said is his main question for them.

Brazile said he wants to tap into what's really going on in a person that causes them to continue to return to jail.

"You never know what's in a person until you sit down and talk to them," he said.

He asked one ex-offender why he was in and out of jail and his answer was that he has no money or a job. In jail there are free meals and a place to stay.

Brazile said the answer made sense to him, but he wants to stop that mind-set.

"I don't want to just give someone something, I want them to earn it," he said.

Brazile said he wants ex-offenders to know they can get back on top through help and care from others. He said everyone has a chance to be successful in life. "I believe everyone has a skill, if we bring out the skills and bring out what's in them, they can put it to use."

Brazile said he believes in ministering to the total man.

"I believe if people come here in whatever situation their in, I want to be able to point them to wherever they can get some help," he said.

Originally from Rockmart, Brazile has lived in Cartersville nearly eight years and has been pastor of Power of God for almost three years.

He said he's been pastoring for 10 years and initially ran from the calling. His father was a pastor and on his death bed said he wanted Brazile to take over his church.

Brazile said that was about 20 years ago. After talking with his mother he finally took over his father's church in Rome.

Brazile said he wants to challenge every church reading this article to ban together. "I promise we will cut down on crime," he said.

Brazile said with all the vacant warehouses in the city, there shouldn't be any homeless people. He plans to use part of the building where service is held as a place the homeless can come have a place of shelter. He hopes to have it in place by next year. The new building, located on Gilreath Road, still has some parts under renovation.

Brazile said he wants everything.

"I want to help people know they are valuable to themselves, family and society," he said.

"I believe we can turn them around."

For more information on the ministry, call 770-334-7383