Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Recient Spike In Shootings - Insight from Dave:

In the 3½ years we have been doing First Responder PrayerWalks I have noticed that there are several times each year when we have a bunch of shootings and/or homicides in a group like this last weekend. Sometimes they are connected (gangs or retaliation), sometimes there seems to be no “human” connection like this weekend. What I have noticed is that these concentrated groupings of shootings and homicides do not necessarily indicate an increase in overall violence or crime…Police calls are actually down a bit right now.

When we do have these times I wonder if “violence seems to stimulate more violence” as if a spirit of violence is causing a shark-like feeding frenzy among those who are susceptible. What I do know is that when we have one of these spikes of violence over a few days or a week, the police step up their vigilance and activity and so must we in the church step up to help stem the tide in the spiritual realm as well as the natural. There is clear evidence that we are helping to make a difference.

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: Thursday, April 7th, 5:30-6:00 PM in the main parking lot of Seymour Park, 68th & Harrison

Media reports: Just before 5:00 PM Tuesday, 19-year old Joseph Piper was shot and killed in the parking lot of Seymour park. With the help of witnesses in the park it appears that police are making quick progress… Tyler D. Weakly, 18, was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked him for accessory to murder.

Directions: At 5:30 PM Thursday we will meet near the tennis courts/shooting range in the main parking lot of Seymour Park 68th & Harrison. Rain is forecast so come prepared.

Please Note: First Responder PrayerWalks are not “prayer-vigils” on behalf of the family but a community response to violence. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.

Thank you for your faithfulness to be First Responders…to help reduce violence in our community.
“…until there is no place in Omaha for violence to hide!”