(This story has been updated to correct the location of the Ministries in the Cathedral of Faith.)
FLINT, MI – A group of pastors from Flint announced plans to “cover the town of Flint with prayers” this weekend in response to increase in violent crime.
About a dozen clergymen presented their plan at a press conference on Thursday, July 30. The plan includes travel on city streets from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, in an area between the intersections of Clio Road and Dayton Street at Chemin Pierson and Rue Dupont.
The area is close to Hallwood Plaza, where six people were shot during a pop-up party where a video clip was being filmed on July 25, according to the Flint Police Department.
“The pastors who are with me today will be working together and will be on various street corners with our parishioners to offer a pullover type engagement for prayer with all who are in need of prayer, comfort, peace and reconciliation, ”said Reverend Chris Martin of the Ministries of the Cathedral of Faith in Flint.
The outreach effort will be followed by a program outside of Hallwood at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Pastors said they are also planning an ongoing effort to address economic development, youth mentoring, and land acquisition and development in Flint.
“This city needs healing. It needs restoration, ”said Martin.
Homicides rose 11.5% and violent crime rose 19.1% in the city through July 26, police say, and officials including Mayor Sheldon Neeley have announced various plans to deal with it. shootings and other violence which increased in 2020.
Reverend Alfred Harris of Saints of God Church on Forest Hill Avenue said prayer is also part of the solution to the problems facing the city.
“Prayer has to be part of the equation, and we move forward and we know we’re going to be successful,” Harris said. “We will work as if our success depends on us but we will also pray as if our success depends on God.”