Seek the Peace and Prosperity of the City

Posted on April 15, 2019

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Friends – please see the note below from Rob Kelly and the FOR CLT mission network.

Neighbors in our city will experience yet another trauma today regarding the dynamics that are ever-present along racial and economic lines that continue to divide.

Prayers are needed for peace and unity in our city today. We know that the enemy plans to steal, kill, and destroy today (just like every day). However, Jesus calls us to a spirit of neighborliness that seeks to listen and understand the pain of our brothers and sisters that are created in his image (Genesis 1:27).

Be a peacemaker in our city and in conversations that are sure to arise in your circle of friends, colleagues, and online. Humbly listen and learn from each other. Speak words of healing, not division.

I love you, and I believe in the beauty of Jesus that lives within us as people that have committed their heart and lives to Him.

Friends,

As you may have already heard, there was recently an officer involved shooting in Charlotte along Beatties Ford Road. This afternoon the body-worn camera video will be released to the public.

Recently our city leaders including the Mayor, Chief of Police, and City Manager, met with many pastors from across the city to discuss how this is impacting our community. During times like this it is important for the Church to be prayerful and present, living out our biblical calling to be peacemakers and reconcilers in our city. Below are two proactive ways the Church can support our community.

1. BE PRAYERFUL

  • Pray for the peace of Charlotte.
  • Pray for reconciliation in our city, knowing that the power of the gospel has the ability to unite the divisions in our city.
  • Pray for the family of Danquirs Franklin, who has lost a son, a father, and a friend.
  • Pray for our law enforcement officers and their families.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for Charlotte’s city leaders including our Mayor, Chief of Police, City Manager, and City Council.
2. BE PRESENT

  • Be a bridge builder in our city. As each person processes individually and as a community, it is important to take a posture of listening and humility.
  • Participate in a peace rally at 7 PM this evening. Because of a commitment to being peacemakers in our city, multiple pastors formed and are leading peace rallies across the city, creating space to process as a community. See the flyer below for more details.
  • Attend a community conversation. Our city leaders are hosting the following community conversations about the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
    • Tuesday, April 16th from 6:30 PM – 8 PM
      • East Stonewall AME Zion Church, 1729 Griers Grove Road
    • Wednesday, April 17th from 6:30 PM – 8 PM
      • Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell Street

 

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