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Back-to-Back First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks: Friday, July 6th – 5:30 PM at 31st & Jackson,  AND 6:15 PM at Jackson Tower (27th & St Marys Ave.) 

Two murders last night within a few blocks of each other.

5:30 PM at Jackson & 31st STREET:  Around 10:00 p.m Wednesday, July 4. Officers responded to Jackson & 31st STREET to investigate a cutting and located an adult male victim who was transported to the Nebraska Medical Center and died as a result of his injuries. The victim’s name will be released once next-of-kin are notified. Aldo Guizar-20 has been booked at Douglas County Corrections for 2nd-Degree Murder and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.

6:15 PM at Jackson Tower – 27th & St Marys Ave:

Around 4:20 a.m. on Thursday morning,  July 5th, officers were called to the back of the Jackson Tower where they located Roderick Moore Jr-19 deceased from a gunshot wound.  Local Ministry Leaders who conduct Bible Studies in Jackson Tower have told us that a number of their group will participate in the PrayerWalk.

Directions:  Highly recomend clicking here for a Google Map, then click on the addresses on left side: 

At 5:30 meet at Jackson & 31st STREET (not AVE)…    Then at 6:15 PM at Jackson Tower – 27th & St Marys Ave. 

NOTE: 31st Street is a One-Way South & St Marys Ave is a One-Way West. 

Suggest going South to Leavenworth then East across 480-FWY to 27th and back North 1Blk to St. Marys. (Parking on NE corner and along 27th).

Depending on response at 31st & Jackson, some team members may stay for a bit longer.  It is 5-6 Blks between the sites if you want to PrayerWalk between them.

AT Jackson Towers meet near the front entrance and then as part of the PW we may take those who feel led to the spot where the homicide happened to pray there and around the Tower area.

Thank You for helping to make a difference in reducing violence in our city. 

Blessings,

Dave Gehrls
Christ For The City Omaha
First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks
402-651-3136
dave@cfci.org

About First Responders PrayerWalking:

  • The Bible says that human bloodshed is violence to the land and all its inhabitants.FirstResponders helps to mobilize the body of Christ to timely onsite prayer at crisis events in our community. We want to say to victims and neighborhoods: “You are not alone! We are from churches all over Omaha coming together to stand united against violence.”
  • FirstResponders PrayerWalks are a community response to violence. They are not prayer-vigils on behalf of the family. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.
  • FirstResponders encourages people in neighborhoods to connect and get involved with local churches and organizations. We work to help people get to know their local police better, communicate, build trust and work with our police in reducing violence.

In 2007 John Ewing and Dave Gehrls developed First Responders in partnership with Omaha 360, Empower Omaha, OPD, and other local groups.  More information is at prayerwalking.gehrls.net

 or if you would like to be added to the First Responder team, send an email to dave@cfci.org with your personal contact info and the church you attend.

Click here for more about First Responders PrayerWalks

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk: MondayJune 4th, 6:00 PM at 11th & Farnam (near South Entrance to Gene Leahy Mall); Omaha, NE

Police and News Reports: One killed, Six injured in Old Market area.

20 yr-old Jasmine Harris died at NMC following a shooting at 11th & Farnam on Saturday, around 11:45 PM.  Six others were injured following an altercation which escalated to gunfire.

The six other victims were all treated for non-life threatening injuries at area hospitals and have identified as:

Dewayne Staley Jr., 28

Makye Thomas, 15

Gregory Austin, 19, possible non-gun related injury

Kristen Prater, 16

Velia Vasquez,18

Robert McGhee-Gould, 20

11th & Farnam is one of the the street-side entrances to along the south side of the Gene Leahy Mall right by the two long slides where many of us have taken our families.

This incident may be related to gun violence in the area about a month ago. In 2012 two gangs squared off in a nearby parking lot which left a 19-year-old dead on the first weekend of the College World Series.

Directions:  At 6:00 PM, meet at 11th & Farnam in front of the south entrance to the Gene Leahy Mall. 

It is my understanding that family and friends will be at the PrayerWalk so we would appreciate those who can help help us care for those grieving and pray into this neighborhood suffering violence from human bloodshed.

Click here for a Google Map, then click on the address on left side: 

Thank You for helping to make a difference in reducing violence in our city.

Blessings,

Dave Gehrls
Christ For The City Omaha
First Responders Homicide PrayerWalks
402-651-3136
dave@cfci.org

I posted the below comments on my Facebook page earlier today. President Obama is visiting the city of Omaha today. I live there. 

President Barack Obama will visit Omaha this afternoon. His visit, along with his final State of the Union address last night, has stirred up much dialogue in the social media. Many of the comments are negative while others are positive. We do have the freedom in this nation to express our opinions and hopefully, we will respect the opposing opinions of others.

On Facebook, there are many comments directed towards President Obama. Some very negative comments towards him have been posted by Christians. What should be the attitudes of Christians towards the President of the United States? I am glad you asked that question! As I worked on this evening’s Bible study at HOBC (7:00 pm), I came up with a list of attitudes/behaviors of Christians towards our President.

By the way, I am very conservative in my political views. I have voted that way for decades (Am that I old?). I am also an evangelical, Baptist pastor. The list below applies to me and to all who claim Jesus to be their Lord and Savior.

1. We are to honor and respect the President. “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). Back in Peter’s day, there were Roman emperors. We have a President and we are to honor him, even if we disagree with his policies and statements. We also need to keep in mind that all authorities (good or bad) are established by God: “For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1. See also Daniel 2:21).

2. We are to pray for the President. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Even though we may disagree with President Obama, we are to pray for him and his family. People have told me that I have the hardest job in the world. I disagree. Being a college football coach and crab fisherman is harder, and being the President is even harder (have you noticed how the hair of Presidents gray the longer they serve?).

3. We are to be very careful with our words towards the President. Again, this applies to those who follow Jesus: “Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king…” (Ecclesiastes 10:20); “My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise” (Proverbs 24:21). Again, we may disagree with the President and can’t wait for the next election, but as Christians, our words about him should reflect the fact that we respect the office and that we pray for him.

Facebook has opened the door for us to slam the President. Christians can resist the temptation to bash the President through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to honor and pray for him.

This post may generate a “lively” discussion. If we are Christian or not, conservative or liberal, let us respect each other.

First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk TONIGHT: Thursday, Jan 29th ~ 5:15-5:45 PM at 50th & Fort

Media Reports: Ray Patterson, 46, was shot last Monday about 5:30 p.m. in Norwick Park near 50th and Fort Streets and died Wednesday at the Nebraska Medical Center. This is the ninth criminal homicide this year compared to one last year at this time.
Directions: Meet at 5:15 PM TONIGHT at 50th & Fort.  We have little information on this and no contact with family yet. We will pray for family and into the violence this neighborhood has suffered.
Thank You for your Faithfullness! Violence was significantly down in 2014 and together it can be even lower in 2015.

Blessings,

Dave Gehrls
Christ For The City Omaha
402-651-3136
dave@cfci.org
http://prayerwalkingtheheartland.blogspot.com
About First Responders PrayerWalking:
• The Bible says that human bloodshed is violence to the land and all its inhabitants. First Responders helps to mobilize the body of Christ to timely onsite prayer at crisis events in our community. We want to say to victims and neighborhoods: “You are not alone! We are from churches all over Omaha coming together to stand united against violence.”
• First Responders PrayerWalks are a community response to violence. They are not prayer-vigils on behalf of the family. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.
• First Responders encourages people in neighborhoods to connect and get involved with local churches and organizations. We work to help people get to know their local police better, communicate, build trust and work with our police in reducing violence.
• In 2007 John Ewing and Dave Gehrls developed First Responders in partnership with Omaha 360, Empower Omaha, OPD, and other local groups.  More information is at http://prayerwalkingtheheartland.blogspot.com or if you would like to be added to the First Responder team, send an email to Dave at firstresponders@cfci.org with your personal contact info and the church you attend.
Click here for more about First Responders PrayerWalks

Metro Prayer for August 15, 2014

The FBI reports that Omaha is one of the worst cities for human trafficking. There are at least two thousand people in Nebraska who are forced to work as prostitutes according to research from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. “The thing about people who are traffickers, the predators, they are very adept at psychological mind games,” said Linda Burkle with the Salvation Army’s Wellspring Program which helps victims of human trafficking. “Most of the young ladies I have worked with that were trafficked did not see themselves as being trafficked. This was their boyfriend, this was the love of their life. They would do anything for him…” “In many cases, the woman feels so vulnerable and feels so afraid she doesn’t go and rat out the man in charge, she’s afraid he’s gonna beat her up or that’s the person who feeds her,” said Nebraska State Senator Amanda McGill. Please pray for deliverance for the young women and men who are trapped in prostitution. Ask the Lord for insight and wisdom for those in law enforcement as they investigate these cases. “The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; they shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.” Psalm 6:9, 10

Pray for the pastors in the Metro area. Pastors often endure many trials, which have the effect of wearing them down and distracting them. Lift them up to the Lord for strength, protection from attacks from the enemy. Also pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Pray that the trials that they are experiencing will only serve to mold them into the image of the Lord —1 Peter 1:6 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

“I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”  ~ Count Zinzindorf

 

Traffick Prayer Series

A 10 day prayer initiative during the College World Series to combat sex trafficking.
Let’s end this modern day slavery in our generation!

June14-24

Open to the public
Salvation Army
36th & Cuming, Omaha, Nebraska

“Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued? Surely, thus says the Lord, even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, and the prey of the tyrant will be rescued!”Isaiah 50:24-25

Will you join us?

Heartland House of Prayer, The Omaha HUB, Ministering 2 Jesus and Embrace the Heartland in Prayer are hosting a 10 day prayer initiative during the College World Series called the Traffick Prayer Series.

The CWS is a wonderful and exciting event that will draw people from across our nation to the Omaha/Council Bluffs-metro area. But along with it comes the dark shadow of sex trafficking. Evidence shows that sex trafficking increases dramatically whenever there’s a large event taking place along with a flux in tourism. Read more about the impact.

This is why we’re asking the church in the Omaha/Council Bluffs-metro area to unite in this fight, to end modern day slavery in our generation. During the College World Series, June 14-24, from 6AM-10PM each day we will have continuous prayer and worship at the Salvation Army Building on 36th and Cuming St. We will be praying for the victims, law enforcement and all those who are working hard to combat this horrific activity in our city.

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Today, I took a vacation day and drove two and half hours from Omaha NE to Dannebrog NE (Where I was a pastor from 1985 to 1993) to fish with a dear friend, Dan. He was saved one Sunday when I gave an invitation during a Sunday morning sermon to repent and turn to Jesus for salvation. Dan has followed Jesus ever since!

The fishing was awesome! I am sunburn!

The fellowship was better!

Dan told me that recently he was praying and he ended up praying an hour on his knees!

That is how revival comes!

May we all spend much, much time on our knees in prayer!

Terry Caffey is the co-author of the book, Terror by NightThe back cover of the book summarizes Terry Caffey’s story…

Terror by Night is the emotionally gripping story of a daughter’s ultimate betrayal, a father’s unfathomable forgiveness, and a miraculous discovery that would destroy one man’s faith, spare two young lives, and restore peace to a small Texas town 

Terry will speak at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska at 10:15 AM on Sunday, February 17, 2013

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