Birmingham pastors call for prayer in wake of citywide violence

Birmingham pastors call for prayer in wake of citywide violence

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - No arrests announced in an early morning shooting on Saturday.

Birmingham police say a man was shot dead in his driveway.

This, of course, was just the latest in a very violent week in which we saw three homicides in one day. Local pastors are calling for prayer in wake of these tragedies.

Pastor Bernard Stephens of Mt. Mineral Missionary Baptist Church called the violence unbearable.

"Birmingham is sick with the gun violence. God can do what the police and other ones can do and that's bring an end to the gun violence" he said.

Stephens has called on other local ministers and anyone willing to pray to meet at Vulcan on Tuesday at 12 p.m.

"We are petitioning not only pastors and ministers, but Jesus said it in the scripture who so ever will let them come. Much prayer, much power. No prayer, no power," continued Stephens.

Stephens and Pastor Roderick Smith know the impacts of gun violence first hand. Both pastors have lost a loved one to gun violence here on Birmingham Streets. Smith believes prayer is a part of the solution to Birmingham's growing gun violence problem.

"We may reach someone on Tuesday. If we can't reach them at 12:00, we'll try 1:00. We're going to try all the way up until those seven complete hours. And if we only reach one person that would be a miracle," said Smith.

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