Brooklyn Center Pastors Meet Outside Police Station to Pray, Encourage Hope
A group of local pastors met outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to pray for peace and healing Wednesday morning. The gathering comes after three nights of civil unrest and violence following the Sunday afternoon officer-involved shooting of a 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
“We all have made errors, mistakes, even intentionally done wrong, and we need grace to help us pass these challenging times,” said Pastor McKinley Moore at Jehovah Jireh Ministries. “So much has been released in our atmosphere, anger and hurt and anguish. And we can’t just leave that out there by itself. We wanted to also add prayer, add God.”
Pastors from eight different Brooklyn Center congregations attended the gathering. The pastors said they know prayer won’t bring back Daunte Wright nor solve the problems that led to Wright’s death.
“We pray Lord God that this situation will not disunite our community, but will unite us. It will not bring division, but God will be a bridge between the legal law enforcement and our community,” said the Rev. Kingsley Ayesu from Christ Covenant Chapel in Brooklyn Center. “I don’t believe by any means that it was vicious intent. But yet the life is lost. Her life is altered, but his life is gone forever. His family is impacted forever.”