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Tulsa churches look to beat violence with prayer

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 20:01:31-04

TULSA, Okla. — The faith community in Tulsa County is preparing to fight the nations recent violence with prayer.

The Glory Center of Tulsa invited church leaders from states away to join Green Country for a event called “Stop the Violence Community Prayer.”

Pastor Deshawn Hardwell organized the event in response to the recent police brutality incidents across the country and the current missing children investigation in Tulsa.

"All of this has been been violent," Deshawn said. "It's not just about one thing or another it's about all of this."

The “Stop the Violence Community Prayer" event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at The Glory Church Center building located at 6404 S. Peoria Avenue.

“There is a lot going on and it’s happening back to back to back and praying will help," Hardwell said.

Hardwell said that sentiment stems from recent events that have been dominating local and national headlines.

“I was watching the news and I've seen that the kids were missing. I saw the young man in Minneapolis that was killed, and then there's this sickness with the virus going around," Hardwell said.

So, with the help of fellow church leader and director of The Glory Center of Tulsa, Bishop Enrik long, Hardwell will lead prayer warriors in Tulsa.

“Scripture says God will bring us a comforter and I believe that with everything going on at this time as a people we need to be comforted," Long said. "We all need results and we are all looking for answers and this event Saturday will help us get closer to that."

The spiritual army they are calling to Tulsa will bring preachers, pastors, apostles and bishops from California to Texas and Louisiana to Missouri.

“We’re doing a lot of marching and we’re doing a lot of talking, but no one is praying," Hardwell said. “What I do believe is going to help us get through this is community and families and organizations coming together."

The event is free and open to the public.

“We just want to be a voice in the wilderness and a voice for people crying out, and all are welcome here. There’s not judgment. We just want to come together talk to God and get a solution," Long said.

This weekend in addition to peace and healing, they’re praying for unity.

“We are stronger together than weaker a part," Hardwell said. "If we can come together under one sound, we can move mountains."

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