Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk, TODAY, 5:30 PM at 40th & Ames, NW Corner

Last Friday a body was discovered under an abandoned house just north of 40th & Ames. It was initially believed to be well known business woman, and educator Dr. Karen Jenkins who had been missing for five days...Sunday evening that was confirmed. The motive and identity of her killer is still unknown.

Directions:
At 5:30 we will meet in the empty lot on the NW corner of 40th & Ames which is just in front of the abandoned house where she was found and across the street from her business “Hank’s Place.” Parking should be available along 40th Street and in the parking lot at Hanks’ Place. The family is being invited.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Two First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks Sunday, Oct 24: 3:00-3:30 PM just south of 30th & Fort and then 4:00-4:30 PM at 24th & I

Media Reports: We have two homicides, one yesterday afternoon at 24th & I and the other at 2:28 this morning just south of 30th & Fort…

At the North Omaha shooting, officers found a brown 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass blocking southbound 30th Street with the driver slumped behind the wheel. This appears to be gang related. From news video it looks like it is on the west side of 30th street just where 30th and the North Freeway split with the car involved in the parking lot of Distefano Tool.

The South Omaha homicide happened yesterday shortly after 1:00 PM at Expert Transmission Clutch and Engine Repair, 24th and I Streets. Media witness say a white car pulled up to the business and a man got out and fired six shots into the business. Police say the FBI had been working with officers in the area monitoring criminal activity when they heard the gunshots and were onsite within seconds. This was the 2nd South Omaha/Hispanic related homicide in a row and the 5th this year… neighbors are concerned that the area is getting more and more violent.

Directions: At 3:00 PM we will meet on the West side of 30th Street, just South of 30th & Fort right where South bound 30th and North Freeway split. Hopefully we can use the parking lot on the north side of Distefano Tool as it will be Sunday. Parking should also be available at the Sonic or Popeye’s.

At 4:00 we will meet on the corner of 24th & I

Thank you for your faithfulness to be First Responders…

Pass this on to others you feel might be interested.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Omaha 360
“Stop The Violence”
Community Rally & Prayerwalk
30th & Spencer
Tuesday, September 14th ~ 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Help us make a powerful call to
“Step Up and Step Forward”
Our police cannot stop the violence alone, but together we can.

After a violent spring, everyone with expertise was predicting a very violent summer, especially in North Omaha. Thanks to teamwork and answered prayer we had an amazingly quiet summer with only one homicide in North Omaha. NE Precinct Captain Kerry Neumann has asked us to target the area just east of 30th & Spencer that continues to be a hotspot .

6:00 – 6:30: “Step Up and Step Forward” Rally
Led by City Pastors, Families of Victims and Community Leaders.
6:30 – 7:00: PrayerWalking 30th & Spencer Area

CAN YOU HELP US INVITE THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
If you can help us pass out flyers to the 30th & Spencer Neighborhood, please show up at 5:30 PM

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Responders “Preemptive PrayerWalk” for North at Central Football Game, Friday, Sept 3rd, 5:30-6:00 PM at 20th & Davenport

We are thankful for a fairly quiet summer in Omaha, but historically with the start of school violence spikes. We had five homicides in September 2009.

Omaha 360 in partnership with the Omaha Police Department is requesting a Preemptive PrayerWalk for the Central-North Football game this Friday.

NE Precinct Captain Kerry Neumann informed me that the game at Central High school is a concern for them. More so than any other game this season. They plan to have over 20 officers and gang unit personnel there in addition to school security.

I am out of town so Femi Awodele (402) 490-339 and Pastor Bruce Williams (402) 208-1611 will be leading this PW.

Directions: Friday, at 5:30 PM, we will meet on the East side of 20th Street and Davenport for prayer and further instructions to PrayerWalk the area.
The game begins at 5:00 PM but we will meet at 5:30 so PrayerWalkers getting off work at 5:00 can participate.

Parking: I suggest PrayerWalkers park in the Civic Center parking areas along Chicago and 19th Streets then meet on the corner of 20th St & Davenport. Click here for a Google Map Link

This is the ninth time we have been asked to do a Preemptive PrayerWalk. In all eight previous Preemptive PrayerWalks there was not only no violence that night, but no significant violence at that site for at least a week.

Thank You for your faithfulness to stand in prayer with our police and community.
If you cannot attend please be in prayer during the day and evening for exciting but peaceful games all over town.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Omaha 360
“Stop The Violence”
Community Prayerwalk
48th & Ames
Tuesday, August 10th ~ 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Park in the empty lot on the NE corner of 48th & Ames,
Meet in the grass area of Fontenelle Park on the SE corner
It will be hot so be sure to bring some drinking water!

Help us make a powerful call to
“Step Up and Step Forward”
Our police cannot stop the violence alone, but together we can.

6:00 – 6:30: “Step Up and Step Forward” Rally
Led by City Pastors, Families of Victims and Community Leaders.

6:30 – 7:00: PrayerWalking 48th & Ames Street Area
NW Precinct Captain Keith Harris feels the area around 48th & Ames is a high priority for our presence, message and prayers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Juneteenth PrayerWalk Saturday June 19th 10:00 am

Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation DayCelebrates the day the last slaves in america were informed of thier feedom.

Omaha celebrates Juneteenth with a parade Saturday June 19th from 10:00-11:30 am, starting at 30th and Lake to 30th and Sprague.

Omaha 360 and the Empowerment network asked Pastor Bruce Williams to organize prayer along the route to pray against crime and violence and anything negative that may try to hinder the success of this event.

Teams with local leaders will be stationed at the following sites. We invite you to come down and join in.
  1. Lake Street team: meet at Salem or Urban League parking lot. Leaders from Salem
  2. Wirt street team: meet in Faith Deliverance parking lot.
  3. Bedford Ave team: meet at Love Deliverance parking lot.
  4. Evans street team: meet in Time Out parking lot. Team Leaders Pastors Bruce and Pat Williams
  5. Sprague street team: meet in Druid Hill parking lot.
For more info contact Pastor Bruce Williams at  pastorbruce@hogcf.org ~ 991-3948
 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Omaha 360 “Stop The Violence” Community Prayerwalk

NE Precinct Omaha Police Department
30th & Taylor (just south of 30th & Ames)
Tuesday, June 8 ~ 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Help us make a powerful call to
“Step Up and Step Forward”

6:00 – 6:30: Media Event – “If You See It—Say It!”
Led by City Pastors, Families of Victims and Community Leaders

6:30 – 7:00: PrayerWalk NE Precinct
  • Park in American National Bank lot just west of McDonald’s and cross Taylor to Precinct.
  • Please arrive early as the TV stations will be recording our event starting at 6:00 PM
  • If you are a pastor, community leader, family member or close friend of someone shot or killed please come and stand together at the front when called.
 Our police cannot stop the violence alone…
but together we can.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Special PrayerWalking Update From Dave in Tijuana

I am so thankful for a quiet week in Omaha especially while I am in Tijuana this week. A year ago we trained several groups of pastors in PrayerWalking and this week we are hearing reports all over town about churches doing PrayerWalks in their neighborhoods.

Yesterday we had an amazing time ministering to a precious lady who pastors in one of the poorest parts of Tijuana. On the street outside her home a man was the target of a gang hit and her 17 year old son and niece were caught in the crossfire and killed along with the man.

Our team will be feeling the impact of this for some time as we were honored to minister to this awesome daughter of God in her home.

Monday, February 8, 2010

2010: Preemptive PrayerWalks Take Off

At the request of the OPD and Gang Unit, we did a Preemptive PrayerWalk when Central played at Benson Saturday (Feb 6th). As we stood in front of the gym and prayed in a circle, some of the people coming to the game stopped and joined our circle for awhile...among people that joined us was Bria Bell and her family.
A year ago Bria was shot in the head and not expected to live. While left blind, Bria, who says she wants to be an attorney, also believes with her family that she will be healed someday. Click here to go to their remarkable story "Blind now, but focused" on the front page of the Sunday World Herald the day after our PrayerWalk.

This was much more than just a PW to prevent violence at a BB Game. During the last two years, First Responders prayed at the sight of every homicide, seeing homocides drop from 44 in 2008 to 30 in 2009... an amazing 25% reduction. In 2010 we are asking the Lord to see it drop another 25%. We are also moving on the offensive... from reactionary to preemptive... Helping to stop violence before it happens...

Preemptive PrayerWalks
Last summer the police and the gang unit asked us to pray at sites where they were anticipating violence and sending in a special violence suppression unit. They have seen how the power of prayer makes their efforts more effective. We have done six First Responder Preemptive PrayerWalks to date, and all have been followed by a night free of major violence and a quiet week at that location! PTL! Prevailing prayer is proving to be a significant force in partnership with OPD and other groups in helping to reduce violence in Omaha.

Right now there is a high level of tension and unrest among gangs, resulting in an increase in shootings and other violence. Basketball games between innercity High Schools and some unique "music concerts" have become igniters for violence, which is often gang related, and then spreads rapidly to other parts of the city .

An example of this is the "concerts" promoted by a group called “Hands On Production.” “Hands On Production” rents various places around the metro for their concerts, which they do not normally promote publicly, but rather have developed a more secretive communication network that includes many of the gang members. The police have had as little as one hour advance notice of a concert. The “Hands On Production” network usually brings out 200-600, and in this volatile environment violence frequently erupts between rival groups or gangs that often re-erupts later in different parts of the city.

This is what happened at a “Hands On Production” on July 4th at the El Dorado Club just north of 24th and Q where 18 yr old Max Griffy was shot and killed. Following our PW there, the police asked us to do our first “Preemptive PrayerWalk” at the next “Hands On Production” concert on July 16th at Kelley’s Hilltop Lanes where they felt there was a high probability of retaliation.

First Responders and Empower Omaha are committed to work more closely with OPD and the Gang Unit, especially with these types of potenial "Igniter Events," to help stop violence before it happens.

In addition to First Responders and Preemptive PrayerWalks, we are focusing on two other initiatives in 2010, Crisis Care Responders (CCR) and Adopt-A-Block which we will feature in future blogs.

Blessings, Dave