Pastor Finishes 40 Day Fast for Peace

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – A local pastor finishes his 40 day fast to end violence in Fort Wayne.

Thirty-four pounds lighter and six inches thinner, the Reverend Bill McGill of Imani Baptist Temple in Fort Wayne, says at the end of his 40 day journey he feels stronger than ever, thanks to his faith in God.

"When you make God a priority, God in turn will answer your prayers and show your concerns are priority,” said McGill.

McGill says his priority is to stop the rash gun violence in Fort Wayne. Since the beginning of this year, the city has endured 18 homicides, putting it on track for the most violent year yet.

"We went 42 days without a civilian homicide. The only two homicides for 42 days were unfortunate police action shootings,” he remarked.

But the journey wasn't easy. Around day 25, McGill had lost around 20 lbs. He says he grew weak and dizzy, and had to resort to taking supplements. But just like he believes God never gives up on his followers McGill wasn't going to give up either.

"I'm still convinced that it is this type of process that is going to breed important to our community survival and our church's' revival."

A revival for the church and the community, which is why the Reverend chose to end his fast on the Day of Pentecost, a day the Bible says power was bestowed upon the church, to show how powerful faith can be and start a chain reaction.

"But today is not an ending hope it's a beginning for other pastors and churches in this community and around the nation to see that this kind of spiritual intensity works."

McGill says part of his goal was to have a local, national and even global impact on communities, and Sunday afternoon he got that chance live on MSNBC with Craig Melvin.

Rev. McGill had to travel to Indianapolis for the live interview, but explained what was going on with the gun violence in Fort Wayne.
Melvin asked his views on gun control and McGill says he's disheartened to find not too many lawmakers support the idea of gun background checks. McGill says the faith community has been given assets that he says have gone "unused” and figured he'd use the avenues of faith, fasting and prayer as a solution to violence instead of pushing for more regulation.

McGill says overall he's just happy to be able to spread the word of god and wants peace within communities.

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