Salvation Army officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers are encouraged to join in one of the prayers walks being held today in Minneapolis and Chicago to seek the God’s intervention and help during this time of hurt and brokenness following the death of Mr. George Floyd which has resulted in legitimate and peaceful protest, along with widespread actions of destructive rage.

Those attending should wear their uniform or a Salvation Army printed shirt if possible. Also, those who participate should wear masks and adhere to social distancing practices during the prayer walks at the following locations and times:

Minneapolis

  • Minneapolis Temple Corps, 1604 E Lake Street 55407-1897
    Commencing at 1:00 p.m.

Chicago

  • Chicago Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th St. Chicago, IL  60643-5100
    Commencing at NOON (12:00 p.m.)
  • Elgin Corps, 316 Douglas Ave. Elgin, IL  60120-4110
    Commencing at NOON (12:00 p.m.)
  • East Chicago Corps, 513 W. Chicago Ave. East Chicago, IN  46312-3206
    Commencing at 11:45 a.m.
  • Midwest Corps, 20 S. Campbell Ave. Chicago, IL  60612-2942
    Commencing at NOON (12:00 p.m.)
  • Mayfair Corps, 5020 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL  60630
    Commencing at NOON (12:00 p.m.)
  • Evangeline Booth Lodge, 800 W Lawrence Ave Chicago 60640
    outside the front entrance Commencing at 12:30 p.m.

A Message from Territorial Intercultural Ministries Secretary Captain Ketsia Diaz:

The diversity of the human race is intentionally created by God. Every human being, whatever their race, shade of color and language, is His loving and precious child.

As followers of Jesus, we are outraged by the depravity of the human heart and about how  people of color, especially black and brown people, are unfairly treated. As believers, we are called by our heavenly Father to stand up for justice, and George Floyd’s death is another senseless death of a person of color that should disturb us and remind us of our calling as disciples of Jesus.

One of the passages in scripture that reminds us of our duty as believers and followers of Jesus that we often refer to is from Micah 6:8 that summons us to “Seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” As we long to do something directly against injustice in this country, I implore you to consider all three parts of this verse while seeking wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit about how to fight for what is right.

The Lord has shown to us what is right by his death on the cross; that was not just for one race or ethnic group, but for all people whoever they are, wherever they come from, and whatever shade of their skin. What does God require of us human beings in return for his sacrifice? To show His love, compassion, grace, and mercy to all people. May we seek justice for people of color in a way that shines light on who God is. May we show love and mercy as Jesus did amid our frustration, anger, toward the injustice that is being done to marginalized people of color in society. And may all our actions toward justice lead us in walking humbly before God.

In this manner, we invite you to join us in prayer for Salvationists in Minneapolis and Chicago as they  prepare for a prayer walk in their community.

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