In the first PrayerWalk we prayed with a Mom that would gladly give anything to just have her son back for Christmas. Then something amazing and wonderful happened... This mom who had just lost her son came over to the second PrayerWalk to pray with us for a stranger's son! There was also another mom who had lost two kids a few years ago who came prayed with a power seldom seen.
Pastor Bruce Williams and I are so thankful for so many of you who are committed and faithful First Responder PrayerWalkers. You come when you can or pray from wherever you are when you can't. You are helping the church to pastor on the streets by being God's hands and feet...demonstrating His love at the point of raw grief and pain. Violence and murder is significantly down this year and we will continue to do our part in keeping it down.
We appreciate the police that come as part of the community standing against violence. It is not uncommon to have Captains, and even the Chief and Mayor come on occasion.
I want give special thanks to the pastors and ministries like Abide, the Hope Center, Compassion In Action, Crossroads Training Center, Release Ministries, etc who partner with First Responders and Omaha 360.
Another key partner in our PrayerWalks is Impact One. Barbara Robinson and their team are on the front lines combating violence. Within minutes, they are at the scene, at the hospitals, in homes and in the midst of all the chaos, pain, grief and emotions.
They bring the victims' families to the PrayerWalks, help us connect and care for the family, friends and neighbors then do key follow-up with those families. First Responders would not be what is is today without the partnership of Impact One.
We also appreciate the positive media reports that have helped connect our mission to the city. Click on each to see their report from last night.
KMTV-3 News Video on PrayerWalks
WOWT-6 Report and Video on PrayerWalks
Omaha World Herald on PrayerWalks
KETV-7 had a great video on TV but not yet online.
Have a Blessed Christmas and see you on the streets of our city.