Thursday, January 29, 2015

Update on Spike in Violence in Omaha

While overall violence has been down, in the past we have seen times when violence spikes for a few days, a week or more. We are in one of those spikes now... We have had 12 homicides and many shootings since Dec. 21st. The police, civic leaders, and groups like Impact One are doing everything they can...The Church needs to do its part and address the spiritual components.

There was a lot of confusion and miss-information regarding the incident at last Sunday's PrayerWalk with three grieving families and well over 100 attending. 

We had just finished the First Responders PrayerWalk and were informally talking and ministering to people when people started yelling and running. The gang unit was at the PrayerWalk, and controlled the situation quickly and professionally...I was very impressed and thankful. I felt like God had sent them as guardian angels ...but here is some of the "Rest Of The Story."

Many of the people there including a lot of kids had just made a pledge to the families and to God to do something good to help overcome evil and to give meaning from these deaths to the family.
Romans 12:21 ~ "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

After we finished ministering and praying as a group, one of the ladies on our team spotted a young woman agitating a local gang member regarding a rival gang member who was in the crowd. She went and confronted the young woman. Then a few minutes later the two rival gang members got in each others face and started posturing. That's when people started moving and the commotion started. Some ran away, some grabbed young kids and some moved in...

In the few seconds before the Gang Unit got to the guys a bunch of people grabbed each guy and separated them. There was no violence, no guns, not even a fist thrown. The majority of this group was committed to peace and caring for the grieving families. They were not going to allow violence that day. 

What Satan meant for harm, God turned for Good.  
  • The neighborhood stepped up and self-regulated in a area claimed by the Hilltop Crips.
  • A Stakeholders group is coming together with the local neighborhood alliance, Freedom Church and Compassion In Action who are part of this neighborhood. They will be meeting this Saturday to organize and start taking back these streets.
  • This incident woke up a bunch of people that are committing to action.

This was the first incident of any kind in over 300 PrayerWalks and Violence Rallies. This incident was a spiritual backlash and evidence that our efforts are seen as a threat to those whose business is violence and the demonic forces behind them.

The civic authorities and police are doing their part, but we the church of Jesus Christ must do our part in meeting the top felt need in Omaha...violence. We have great favor in partnering with our city leaders.

This is spiritual warfare and I expect more manifestations and opposition as we continue. But greater is He who is in us that he who is in the world. The only safe place is where God tells you to be. When you follow our Lord nothing can touch you unless He permits it. We intend to wisely step it up and meet the spirit of violence in the authority given to us by our Almighty God.

In these PrayerWalks God is establishing spiritual beachheads that we need to fortify and expand. There are opportunities to connect needs with ministries and churches which we intend to develop more in the future.

Below is a news report on our Omaha 360 meeting Wednesday following the violence of this last weekend. Please click on link below to see report and video.

Omaha 360 meeting counters violence with community

Pastor Dave

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Urgent Call To Prayer regarding Spike in Omaha Violence

2:00 PM Saturday, January 24th:

We are asking churches to call their people to prayer regarding the recent "spike" in violence in Omaha. 

While overall violence has been down, in the past we have seen times when violence spikes for a few days, a week or more. We are in one of those spikes now... The police, civic leaders, and groups like Impact One are doing everything they can...The Church needs to do its part and address the spiritual components. 

Early this Saturday morning 10 people were shot in two incidents with two women in their 20's killed,one a mother. You can see details in the media, and there is a news conference this Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM.

We have had 8 Homicides so far in 2015 compared to just one last year at this time. But this spike actually began just before Christmas where three were murdered so it is actually 11 in the last 5 weeks.

While some of these have been gang related in some way, most are unconnected other than by a pattern of anger and rage that may have been amplified by alcohol and/or drugs.  It is city-wide, North, South, & West.

Please call your church to prayer tomorrow and begin to pray yourself right now.

Studies like Omaha 2050 confirm that the number one felt need in Omaha is for peace and safety. One of God's mandates to His Church is to pray for and seek the welfare of the city in which we live:

Jeremiah 29:7 (ERV) says,  
"Also, do good things for the city I sent you to. Pray to the Lord for the city you are living in, because if there is peace in that city, you will have peace also.”  

Another translation says "...and pray to ADONAI on its behalf; for your welfare is bound up in its welfare."  
 ADONAI is one of the Names of GOD, with the emphasis that He is our Lord & Master who has ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth 

The Bible also says in Habakkuk that human bloodshed is violence to the land and all its inhabitants. When one person's blood is shed in our city we all suffer violence. That violence must be confronted civically and spiritually. The church needs to rise up and pray peace back onto our land and people. 

PRAY For Peace and more peacemakers on the streets and in homes.

PRAY against the Spirit of Anger and Rage that Satan is using to destroy the souls and families of victims and perpetrators.

PRAY That people give police the information they need to arrest those using violence and murder.

Cry out to God for Justice...Pray against Retaliation and that people trust the police as agents of God's Justice.

Ask God for Revelation in how to pray and for Wisdom to know when and what He wants you to do.

We are planning a First Responders/Omaha 360 Rally/PrayerWalk for Sunday afternoon. I hope to be getting out a announcement on that later this afternoon after we get more details. 

FYI: We thank the Lord a very strong sense of His presence at the PrayerWalk last night at 24th & P.  A group of local and Hispanic pastors joined our team in ministering to a large group of mostly young people. You could see the Lord touching so many of them as we shared, cared and prayed. Afterwords, individual ministry continued for some had the feel of a large alter call response at church.