Longest Night service offers hope to murder victims’ loved ones

Kansas City families who lost a loved one to murder in 2017 will hear a message of hope during The Longest Night service.

The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Leawood Baptist Church, 82nd and State Line Road in Leawood, Kan.

“Because of our location we feel like we can have an impact on the entire city,” said Adam Carter, the church’s pastor.

Crosses bearing 2017 homicide victims’ names will be displayed on the church’s front lawn which faces State Line Road.

The Longest Night service gives Leawood Baptist Church the opportunity to share hope that can only be found in Christ.

“You feel like you’re walking through this alone,” a homicide victim’s aunt told Carter.

Knowing a church cares about homicide victims and their families is a “tremendous encouragement,” she said.

The Longest Night service began in 2011 at Wornall Road Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. It moved to Leawood Baptist Church in 2015.