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Spiritual and Natural Watchmen Join Together for a Secure City

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 3:23 pm

Hardly a day goes by without hearing of the dangerous and many times deadly confrontations between public safety officers and violent criminals. Most citizens have little understanding what the typical life of a police officer is like and the difficulties they face while keeping their communities safe and orderly. Much attention given to the policing community is focused on the negative stories that blare out of the media while the vast majority of them quietly and sacrificially do their jobs while few take notice.

On Thursday morning, September 20th, several pastors and Christian leaders from multiple churches and ministries came together to bless and honor Homestead’s finest with a hot breakfast. The service and prayer group Hombres con Proposito (Men of Purpose), along with Mission Homestead and Homestead Prays organized a program to thank the Homestead Police Department for their service and sacrifice. Pastors and leaders from at least 10 different churches in the Homestead area participated in this historical event.

Chief Rolle, Colonel Kennedy, Captain Washington, Chaplain Greathouse, senior officers, detectives, Canine officers, patrol officers, and office staff were all present and received a wonderful meal catered for these community heroes. Appreciation was shown to these public servants who put their lives on the line every day for the protection of our city.

A few short messages of gratitude were given by Benjamin Perez, Brad Martinez, Einsten Tananta and Elkin Espinal. The spiritual leaders led a powerful time of prayer for the wellbeing and protection of the police department, praying that each would have wisdom in exercising their job, de-escalation of crisis situations and each officer would return safely to their homes every day at the end of their shifts.

Chief Rolle addressed the group by saying how important it is to have people praying for the police department and how grateful he is for Homestead police to continue receiving the support of the faith community. He went on to say that on several occasions he has asked local pastors for their support and he has always been able to count on them. Everyone felt it was a historic moment for the city as the faith community pledged to continue supporting the police department through continuous prayer and service whenever called upon.

Several of these leaders have applied to take “ride a longs” with patrol officers in the coming months allowing them to better understand the complexities of the police department’s jobs. Chaplain Greathouse encouraged the leaders to be prepared to pray, rejoice and cry all within the 4 hour ride as they see the great job the police officers are doing and the great needs of our city. This is truly a fruitful effort joining the natural and spiritual for the benefit of our city and its inhabitants. May we continue to pray and be thankful for and proud of such a professionally run police department.

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