Montgomery’s Office of Violence Prevention holds prayer gathering
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery’s Office of Violence Prevention held their second prayer gathering at City Hall Monday night.
Residents came together to pray for healing and for an end to violence. The gathering is a part of the city’s initiative to address crime.
“We’re praying about the well being of our children, the well being of our parents, we’re praying about socioeconomic issues, of course we pray for our mayor, our city council. We even pray for other people of faith so that this unity of faith becomes this unity in community,” said Keith Moore, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention.
Montgomery residents raised their hands to the heavens and bowed their heads in prayer for Montgomery, a city that’s been shaken by violence but remains optimistic that through community they will overcome.
“When people come together, especially in large numbers, it’s more power, (and with) more power, more things can get done,” said Valorie McCall, a resident in attendance.
“I believe that God moves in the prayers of his people,” said attendee Tracy Wilson. “And I want to be a part of that movement.”
“We can go to our individual assemblies, but I think when we come on city property it makes a statement,” said another attendee Jessica Brown.
Moore said he believes that prayer is having an effect on the crime rate in the city. According to the Montgomery Police Department, there have been 13 homicides in the city so far this year which is 7 fewer murders than this same time last year.
“In January we had eight homicides. We then saw three in February. We had one in March and we’ve unfortunately had our first one already in April,” Moore said.
It’s a promising trend, but Moore said crime could increase this summer with more young people out of school.
“We’re praying, but we also have summer programs that are being sponsored by the city of Montgomery. Our recreation centers are open. We have a lot of activities that our youth can participate in, summer camps are coming, but we’re undergirding and covering all of them with prayer,” Moore said.
The residents in attendance Monday night were grateful that the city, as a government body, is using faith to promote change.
“I’m so glad that someone decided from the governmental point of view to let prayer be the foundation so that we can let prayer speak before we speak so that the power of God can move in decisions that we make,” McCall said.
There was just a handful of residence in attendance. The city is hoping more people attend.
The Office of Violence Prevention holds prayer gatherings on the first Monday of every month at 5 p.m. inside City Hall.
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