Keeping Elaina's search alive: community looks for light within darkness
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:10:00 GMT —
In the East Toledo neighborhood where Elaina Steinfurth went missing nearly three months ago, time has passed, but the message remains the same: Bring Elaina home.
To many of the family members and friends who gather bi-weekly at a vacant lot near the home where Elaina was last seen, Pastor Steve Salyers of North Point Church of the Nazarene is instrumental in keeping faith during the difficult times.
"It means a lot," said family member Ginger Smith. "To have prayer - you've got to have and keep God in your life. And a lot of faith and hope. And they help us get through it, they do."
Pastor Steve says seeing a community come together is just one way he has witnessed light within the darkness.
"We don't know what's going to be the outcome, but we believe that the truth is going to come out one way or another," said Salyers. "And we're just going to continue as long as we can, Lord willing, to keep the faith up, to encourage and do whatever we can."
"We're celebrating that she's still here and she's still alive - and that's the way it's going to be," said Smith. "We're not going to let it go."
Another march and vigil for Elaina Steinfurth will be held outside the Lucas County Courthouse on Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.