"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14    

BALTIMORE, AMERICA'S MURDER CAPITAL?

Yes, hard to believe, but true. For all the U.S. cities with a population greater than 500,000 residents, Baltimore has one of the highest homicide rates, beating out District of Columbia and only being surpassed by Detroit.  We are also among the cities with the highest crime rates. Our historic city has become the "deathplace"  for over 600 citizens between 2010 and 2012, and the numbers continue to climb. In 2013, 235 lives were lost. For this year, crime has claimed these precious lives:

  • 10/1 Jonathan Hunt-age 58
    10/3 Kevin Kelly-age 27
    10/4 Santos Nelson-Castillo-Portillo-age 34
    10/5 Jaleesa Brooks-age 24
    10/6 Claudia Parodi-age 40
    107 Leroy Agnew-age 60
    10/7 Loressa Little-age 43
    10/9 Kevin Jowers-age 48
    10/9 Reginald Bailey-age 45
    10/10 William Jacobs-age 29
    10/11 Andre Nicholas-age 28
    10/12 Donald Gillums-age 57
    10/12 Damaud Martin-age 10
    10/15 Tiesha Wilson-age 28
    10/22 Travis Tillman-age 30
    10/23 Shakim Gilliam-age 30
    10/25 Ronald Brown-age 25
    10/28 Patricia Tracey-age 52
    10/29 James Blake-age 25
    10/31 Christopher James-age 22
  • 9/1 Temmel Washington-age 26
    9/1 Richard Muir-age 29
    9/2 Qureem Holloway-age 24
    9/3 Vernon Johnson-age 27
    9/3 Austaniel Brown-age 22
    9/6 Kevin Bass, Jr.-age 28  
    9/11 Harrison Colvin Jr.-age 17
    9/18 Wiliam Woodberry-age 41
    9/18 Keenan Dixon-age 22
    9/20 Alvin Wells-age 39
    9/21 Christopher Camphor-age 20
    9/23 William Harold Simmons-age 49
    9/25 Wendell Wright-age 24
    9/26 Tom Malenski-age 35
    9/30 David Ferguson-age 29
  • 8/1 Kevin Butler, Jr.-age 29
    8/1 Elliott McKenzie-age 3
    8/3 Keith Labrard-age 27
    8/5 Bruce Paige-age 46
    8/7 Jerome Marlowe, Sr.-age 73
    8/9 Dominic Baker-age 29
    8/9 Sara Harrris-age 45
    8/9 Rodney Saunders-age 34
    8/10 Tashawn Roberts-age 30
    8/11 Qurell Gittngs-age 38
    8/11 Shante Arthur-age 42
    8/11 George Myrick-age 45
    8/15 Duane Mitchell-age 53
    8/16 James Taylor-age 66
    8/19 Adrian Gilliard-age 17
    8/20 Robert Woods-age 34
    8/21 Keith Powell-age 17
    8/22 Michael Truesdale-age 22
    8/22 Nathaniel Quarterman
    8/24 Darryl Dovi-age 45
    8/24 Keyanee Stewart-age 26
    8/24 Lamont Logan-age 39
    8/26 Robert Morris-age 31
    8/27 Gary Brown, Jr.-age 18
    8/29 Michael Kirkey, Jr.-age 30
    8/31 Enoch Richardson-age 36
    In Memoriam: Arvel P. Williams-age 30 
  • 7/4 Nelson Dakurah-age 26
    7/4 Matthew Drake III-age 34
    7/5 Janet Dalesio-age 84
    7/5 Robert Hodge III-age 23
    7/5 Tavone Dennis-age 28
    7/8 James Huntley-age 40
    7/15 Jamal Ross-age 32
    7/16 Darnell Michell-age 28
    7/16 Mia Henderson-age 26
    7/16 Shakira Jackson-age 27
    7/17 Reggie White-age 22
    7/17 Willie Womack-age 45
    7/17 Bryant Paylor-age 26
    7/20 Gregory Nealy-age 51
    7/24 Rashon Middleton-age 22
    7/26 Sarawak Fultze-age 43
    7/30 Kajuan Guinn-age 21
    7/31 Donnie Tales-age 19
    7/31-male

  • 6/1 Garmal Garvette-age 22
    6/1 Barron McCree-age 22
    6/2 Dale Web-age 35
    6/2 Tavon Henry-age 22
    6/3 Chealyn Mitchell-age 28
    6/3 Ricky Hill-age 40
    6/6 male
    6/7 Joseph Ryan-age 21
    6/8 Jeffrey Ringgold-age 29
    6/8 Ernest Barnes, Jr.-age 24
    6/14 Antonio Stokes-age 48
    6/21 Emanuel Johnson-age 28
    6/21 Daniel Waldhaus-age 31
    6/27 Terrez Bowden-age 46
    6/28 Terrell Jarrett-age 21
    6/29 Cedric Stancil-age 18
    6/29 Jamal Campbell-age 20
  • 5/3 David Mbugua-age 36
    5/3 Larry Henderson-age 30
    5/3 Alfonso Williams-age 23
    5/5 Truc Thi Ly Nguyen-age 43
    5/6 Dietrich Fitts-age 46
    5/7 Tarvis Briscoe-age 42
    5/9 Ramon Wilder-age 29
    5/11 Tyquane Fetter-age 18
    5/11 Cornell Arrington-age 28
    5/12 Michael Brandon Lee-age 36
    5/15 Stanley Phillips-age 25
    5/16 Larry Peterson-age 58
    5/17 James Butler-age 27
    5/21 John Jackson-age 40
    5/21 Davon McLaurin Sr.-age 37
    5/22-male
    5/23 Gregory Price
    5/24 Martel Jackson-age 27 
    5/26 Oscar Torres-age 16
    5/27 Joshua Carter-2
    5/27 Latoya Skipwith-age 25
    5/31-Eric Howard-age 47
    5/31 Patricia Howard-age 50
  • 4/3 Jasmine Grimes
    4/4  Tyrone McNair-age 26
    4/6 Darien Tabron- age 20
    4/9 John Adams-age 35
    4/14 Raysharde Sinclair-age 18
    4/16 Moon Hea Koo-age 31
    4/16 Michael Mayfield-age 17
    4/17 William Treadwell-age 42
    4/18 Trevar Gilliam-age 22
    4/22 Najee Thomas-age 14
    4/27 Dennis Settle-age 39
    4/27 Bonita Anderson-age 42
  • 3/1 Andre Hill-age 52
    3/8 Jowan Henry-age 17
    3/10 Gregory Lee-age 26
    3/17 Gregory Ware Jr.-age 18
    3/26 Johniese Sheppard-age 21
    3/27 Osher Perez-age 31
  • 2/5 Tsambikos Diakoloukas-age 79
    2/6 Ina Jenkins-age 35
    2/9 Jesse Clark-Nugent-age 19
    2/10 Donnell Saunders-age 25
    2/11 Norvin Jones-age 26
    2/11 Terry Davis-age 48
    2/23 unidentified male
    2/24 Craig Ray-age 34
    2/25 Brandon Ferguson-age 28
  • 1/1 Frank Turner- age 48
    1/2 Jermane Coleman-age 30
    1/2 Nathaniel Adams-age 29
    1/3 Keon Carter-age 20
    1/6 Bobby Jones-age 51
    1/6 Jonathan Terry-age 28
    1/8 Marvin McGowan-age 30
    1/9 Jose Abreu-age 49
    1/10 Dijuan Willis-age 17
    1/10 Daniel Bennett-age 35
    1/10 Spencer Falcon-age 28
    1/11 Ricky Mellerson-age 28
    1/12 Jermain Johns-age 29
    1/12 Dalontae Harper-age 20
    1/17 Tavon Young-age 29
    1/18 Arrington Sydnor-age 29
    1/25 Lavar Crawford-age 16
    1/25 Kendrick Martin-age 41
    1/28 Derrill Crawley-age 25
    1/30 Allan Foster-age 56
    1/30 Ricky Bailey-age 34
    1/31 Kimberly Leto-age 51
  • 12/4 James Seals-age 48
    12/5 Rodney Smith-age 26
    12/11 Myrus Joynes-age 47
    12/12 Devante Barnes-age 21
    12/14 Sirreal Scott-age 20
    12/14 Devonte McKeever-age 22
    12/15 Anthony Joyner-age 34
    12/16 James Holiday-age 48
    12/18 Sheldon Chase, Jr.-age 34
    12/19 Devlon Cates, Jr.-age 30
    12/20 Anthony McMillian-age 36
    12/22 Eli Barber-El-age 37
    12/23 Flora Alfred-age 64
    12/24 Rodney Brown-age 54
    12/24 Darnell Edmonds-age 31
    12/28 Andrea Williams-age 45
    12/29 Kevin Brown-age 23
    12/31-Donald Eason-age 22
  • 11/5 Karl Berrain-age 30
    11/5 Kurt Berrain-age 25
    11/5 Kenneth Ray Stowers-age 50
    11/6 Tyree Taylor-age 21
    11/7 Katira Drummond-age 24
    11/9 Tracy Love-age 29
    11/9 David Porter-age 42
    11/12 Brian Sims, Jr.-age 28
    11/13 Delonta Harrison-age 28
    11/14 Eddie Blick Jr.-age 20
    11/15 Dandre Jackson-age 22
    11/16 Raymond Gordon-age 31
    11/17 Kenard Buckner-age 22
    11/19 Harold Martin-age 20
    11/20 Earl Moulden-age 57
    11/22 Victor Anderson-age 23
    11/23 Demetrius Beatty-age 37
    11/26 Jerome Patterson-age 46
    11/30 Thomas Burrell-age 36
  • 10/11 Reginald Hart-age 58
    10/14  Dion Roberts-age 24
    10/14 Kennard Bess-age 20
    10/15 Kevin Talley-age 25
    10/17 Frank Harper-age 35
    10/18 Thomas Carter-age 22
    10/18 Steven Pearson-age 57
    10/19 Natafre Green-age 30
    10/20 Letreshia Gowdy-age 32
    10/20 Daryl Fletcher-age 27
    10/22 Gwendolyn Johnson-age 24
    10/23 Darrell Gaskins-age 25
    10/24 Keith Holly Jr.-age 24
    10/25 Lance-Trenton Allen-age 21
    10/26 Darrnell Barry-age 36
    10/29 Darnell Moore-age 18
    10/31 Brian Birden-age 21

       This is a solicitation for the intercessors and prayer warriors all over the city to begin human prayer chains outside of your sanctuaries and in front of your church buildings. This is an interdenominational petition, understanding that unity and the power of prayer transcends denominations.  As believers across Baltimore incline God's ear, the expectation is for God, through this prayer movement, to revolutionize this city. We are committed to being intercessors until we see a change in the crime/homicide rate (preferably to zero).

 
      The suggested strategy employed is likened to that of the Israelites in the Old Testament.  It is true that God made them victorious over their adversaries and "delivered" the enemies into their hands. They prayed from the Tabernacle but then girded up, went to the battlefield, and made themselves visible to the adversary.  Assembling ourselves to pray is what believers have been doing all along, but strategically changing our position from inside the church to the outside and being visible to evildoers in our communities adds an audiovisual impact to our prayer.

We admonish every believer to get involved and here's how:

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    Speak with the church leaders /pastor about starting a human prayer chain at your local church. This consists of linking arms/holding hands with the congregants and designating one person to lead the prayer.

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    Decide on a convenient time to have the prayer. For example, prayer participants can convene either a few minutes before or after an already scheduled worship service.

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    Post a request for participants on your church bulletin board or have it read in your church announcements.

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    Be consistent with the prayer chain, and make it an integral part of the church's weekly activities.