By the end of April 2017, it is hoped that Peacemakers Prayer Patrols should once again be seen regularly on the streets of Bristol.
However, this will be a brand new way of prayer patrolling the streets, the leader of Peacemakers disclosed.
The revised team of patrollers will meet to pray, discuss and hopefully recruit new patrollers for this new phase of the project which started at the ending of 2002 when street crimes, guns, gangs, and street voience, was at its highest in areas of Bristol, namely the areas of St. Pauls and Easton.
Street crime soon fell significantly, and the Project was awarded by the then Cheif Superintendent Mike Rowe, for their contributions and hands-on involvement, which helped in addressing and reducing much of the gangs and street violence in these areas. Over the years they continued to be a regular beneficial presence throughout other areas of Bristol and the UK.
In 2010 they launched their highly respected and effective crime-reducing strategy abroad. And as the areas patrolled in the UK regained stability, the presence of patrollers on the streets became less prominent, although the work continued and increased globally with the installation of their website.
Through this media, Peacemakers successfully extended their reach as an online presence, to bless, encourage, support, inform and provide schools of training, equipping other prayer patrols worldwide.
Five days until the end of 2016! and here, listed below, are the final 27 Countries of the 206 Countries Peacemakers have pledged to Prayer Patrol this year, by BLOCKS.
It has been a terrific year to date. There have been many published stories of horrific wars, millions of people were killed, injured, and suffered tremendous losses. But, there have also been much more glorious testimonies, of celebrations, victorious and courageous acts of giving and kindness, amazing stories of gratitude for lives saved, encouragements, personal development and numerous transformative adventures and innovations, the likes of which our planet has never before experienced, and Peacemakers are thankful to have had the opportunity to participate, by offering the global invitation to signup for the 2016 Peacemakers Global Prayer Patrol Mission.
"We are grateful for all who signed up to realize Peacemakers Vision for Global Peace in our world, country by country, one day at a time. It takes courage to hope amidst threats of terrorism. It takes guts and personal strength and integrity to love the seemingly unlovely and to pray for peace despite ongoing news stories of the climate and economic disasters affecting nations. Peacemakers are sowing seeds of Hope across nations. The world needs love. If we must have hope in this world then let this be it, that Peace may reign in each person, starting with us, and to the world, Let there Be peace! Let's do this. Let's do it now. Amen." - Comments and Prayer by Her Ladyship, Reverend Dawnecia Palmer, Peacemaker Prayer Patrol Commissioner.
In the final push to reach the whole world through prayer and gratitude, Peacemakers are appealing for you to signup today to show your support and to help accomplish this noble Mission for PEACE. You are also invited to place your prayers, messages of support and inspiring comments on the Contact US tab.
27 Countries from 26th December – 31st December 2016
|Uganda – Republic of Uganda|
|United Arab Emirates|
|United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|United States – United States of America|
|Uruguay – Oriental Republic of Uruguay|
|Uzbekistan – Republic of Uzbekistan|
|Vanuatu – Republic of Vanuatu|
|Vatican City – Vatican City State|
|Venezuela – Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela|
|Vietnam – Socialist Republic of Vietnam|
|Yemen – Republic of Yemen|
|Zambia – Republic of Zambia|
|Zimbabwe – Republic of Zimbabwe|
|↑ UN member states and observer states ↑|
|↓ Other states ↓|
|Abkhazia – Republic of Abkhazia|
|Kosovo – Republic of Kosovo|
|Nagorno-Karabakh – Nagorno-Karabakh Republic|
|Northern Cyprus – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus|
|Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic|
|Somaliland – Republic of Somaliland|
|South Ossetia – Republic of South Ossetia|
|Taiwan – Republic of China|
|Transnistria – Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic|
It was good to be out Prayer Patrolling on the streets of Bristol again, especially as we were going to be in Fishponds, an area that we had not prayer patrolled before. This is a very popular shopping area consisting of the usual Post Office, banks, supermarkets, retail shops and general stores, small local enterprises, schools, churches, bingo hall, public houses, car showrooms, and a thriving convenient bus route into City Centre, train and bus stations.
So, it was a big shock to us, as well as for the residents of the Fishponds area, a couple of weeks prior to our patrol, to learn that a young 10-year boy was viciously attacked by thugs as he walked home. The boy suffered grievous injuries to his head and body after he was beaten up and thrown to the ground, and kicked many times. The thugs then ran off and left him there until a passer-by came along and found him bloodied, lying on the pavement only a couple of yards away from the main traffic light and pedestrian crossing. [*See Newspaper report on this story at the end of our reports]
It was a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon but we were determined to bring the warmth of our prayers and goodwill to the streets of Fishponds. We felt that Prayer Patrol would serve as a timely crime prevention tool and a good way to help re-boost morale and confidence on the streets. It was a very interesting and well-received Patrol. Several Passersby stopped and engaged at our Prayer Stops, where our two youngest patrollers, ages four and five, along with older members of the team prayed with them. Many people told us that they were moved by the braveness and prayers of the children. One man was so moved that he ran across the road to the Bakery and came back laden with cakes for them.
It appears that the incident with the boy was a one off, the perpetrators were caught, and the attack is in no way a reflection of this usually peaceful, contemporary area of Bristol.
Report by Rev palmer, October 2016
It had just started to rain as we headed out for the Easton and Old Market Prayer Patrol, but our spirit was high. It has been a while since we did patrols on this particular route. The streets were exceptionally quiet, perhaps because it had been raining on and off during the afternoon.
Our starting point for the Easton Patrol was St Marks Church which is next door to Sugar the Loaf Pub. The church was closed and not one church member in sight, but the pub was open and three men sat outside having a drink in the drizzling rain. At first, they were intrigued with our high viz jackets and then became even more interested when we told them that we were out Peace-Keeping and blessing the area. The rain continued to fall, becoming heavier as we went along, soon there was no sign of anyone walking the streets, so we decided to take a shortened route back to the base.
Nearing the Three Black Birds Pub we noticed a man standing in the doorway, drinking a beer and enjoying a cigarette. As we got to him we did our usual greeting and he responded cheerfully and wanted to engage us in conversation, he also had a prayer request, which we told him we would pray about once we got back to base. But as we were moving away he called out “Please. Please, Please remember to pray”, it was urgent and we did.
Our final prayer stop was at a newly opened Resturant in the area. The owner welcomed our prayer for his new business, and even offered to feed us, and although the food smelt lovely and the atmosphere inviting but we had to decline his offer as we were still on duty.
This was one of our shortest ever patrols owing to weather conditions, and we finished soaked but greatly inspired.
Report by Rev Palmer, November 2016
Once again the Peacemakers Team of hopefuls will take to the streets of Bristol, with much enthusiasm and positive determination, that their Prayer Patrols will be a beneficial presence and great upliftment to these communities.
Prayer Patrols started in the then crime-torn area of St. Pauls, Bristol. There were several street gangs and drugs influencing the peaceful neighborhoods then, making it very unsafe to walk about, day or night. Together with the community policing, and the involvement of other community groups and organizations, along with some residents, Prayer Patrols were at the center of providing a valuable, visible presence in the area. At one time they were patrolling the streets almost 24 hours per day. They also opened an office in the area, the Peace Embassy, for concerned residents, youths, and local groups.
Today, it is a different story, street crime in St. Pauls is at an all time low in terms of street gangs, community violence, or hostilities. Then, the City Council allocated funding to community groups and projects, regenerated the area with new buildings and other neighborhood improvements, in housing, gardens for residents, and parks, etc. The streets are definitely safer these days, we found new communities have moved into the area, and there are quite a few new enterprises dotted around.
Peacemakers, however, are keen to maintain rapport, as a peace agent and a beneficial presence for good, in these areas. So, from October to December 2016, they will be out again rigorously patrolling the streets of Bristol. **See below for areas, dates and times**
*Fishponds Saturday 22nd October 2.00pm (Meet up outside Morrisons Supermarket, Fishponds, on the forecourt to the side, and by the steps a couple of feet away from the Bus Stop)
*Easton & Old Market Friday 18th November 6.00pm (Meet up on the street, outside st. Marks Church, Easton,next to the pub)
*St.Pauls & Stokes Croft Friday 9th December 6.00pm (Meet up outside St. Pauls Learning Centre, St. Pauls)
The 2017 UK Patrols will include Bishopston, Staple Hill, Park Street, Bedminster, Barton Hill and St Werburghs. Dates and times of these patrols are still to be decided and will be published at a later date.
If you are interested to know more about Peacemakers or wish to join us on any of the patrols, please do get in touch with us via the CONTACT US page.
Peacemakers Motto: Love, Hope, and Peace for all. "Reducing crime and building safer, more peaceful communities"
Whilst a vast number of the individuals all over the world are focused on a seemingly problematic world, Peacemakers Prayer Patrols focus is to bless humanity with prayers and loving thoughts for the upliftment of the entire world, in the awareness that all creation is held in the mind and bosom of Blessedness. And holding this vision, we pray ‘Let Peace Reign’.
“Our prayers works brilliantly, says Reverend Palmer, and even though we hear of wars and rumours of wars in the media almost every day, I am absolutely conscious and resilient to a transparent knowing that good prevails, no matter what they say. We have got to hold this vision. And as more and more of us hold the vision of a peaceful universe, vibrating peace through everything and everyone, eventually it will break through the illusions of fear, panic, hatred and greed. The majority of people long for peace, but our leaders make preparations for war, this sends a mixed message to the universe.”
PPP Global Prayer Mission Focus for September is as listed Below :
"We pray believing that all is well, because someone has got to see it so. Someone has to raise the bar to high vibrations of inner eye seeing (insight) that all is well on behalf of humanity. Right now, in time, this may appear to some as a rather simplistic ideology, but is it not better to hope towards the good, than to wallow in the the aftermath of what has been, the destructions and fragmentations of dashed dreams? I think that it is high season to awaken to a call to service, to pray peace and abundant blessing for all of humanity. We need to begin to see as God sees, faithfully sending sunshine and rain upon the just and the unjust alike, and so we too must arise as conscious rain through our peace-full thoughts upon this pleading earth, until there is peace, respect and safety for all. For the sake of mankind and the future of our planet, I let it be, and in faith proclaims, and so it is" 'Peaceful Earth' - by Reverend Palmer September 28th, 2016
– Quote and prayers by Reverend Dawnecia Palmer, 11th September 2016.
Today, with thanksgiving and comfort, we hold in our prayers the lives of the precious ones which died on September 11th, 2001, in the ghastly Twin Towers attack, and for their beloved ones left behind.
As we remember, we do so in the knowing that they did not live in vain, nor did they die in vain, because we will never forget them,
endeavouring to keep the memories of them alive forever, within our hearts and lives.
Our last stop for PEACEMAKERS Global Prayer Mission USA was Tennessee, Nashville’s Cumberland View Projects, aka, the infamous Dodge City. We were told that this was one of the most crime-ridden areas, and had a string of weird looks and much discouragements from residents living outside the area. They told us that it would be unsafe for us to go there. But, this was not the first time we were told this about an area, town or city which we were about to Patrol. Thankfully we had Prayer Shields in the UK, New York, and Florida.
On the morning of the Patrol, our guide did not turn up and we were unable to make contact with him by telephone. However, we had a friendly bus driver who was familiar with the area and along the journey, we had opportunities to listen and chat with computers, and to pray.
As we were approaching Dodge City, the heavens opened. It rained continually, and so heavily, in fact, it lasted the whole period designated for the Patrol, so that we were forced to stay on the bus, and to pray from the bus. We could barely see through the rain drenched windows, and the little that we did see driving through the projects, was not a pretty site.
On our way back into the City, the rain began to lift, and we got off the bus outside Nashville’s Women’s Rescue Mission. We were not met with kindness nor empathy, and we were not allowed to speak with the women inside nor on the grounds outside. Someone said this was perhaps because we did not contact the Centre manager beforehand, and therefore we had no permission for a visit. But, there was a sheltered area about 200 yards across from the main Mission building, where several women sat smoking, taking cover from the drizzling rain. These women were extremely hard to reach. Some of them swore, some turn their backs as we approached them, one woman spat on the ground and a few just looked as if they were looking straight through us, their eyes appeared glazed as if staring into space, while some chatted in small clusters. However, of the lot, one young woman agreed to speak with us. She said we should refer to her as Dee.
Dee has been homeless for around 4 years, spending time in several shelters, and moving through a few States, but had been at this one for almost 2years. At first, she appeared sarcastic in tone, but as we engaged in conversation, she became less suspicious and became open and engaging. She told us that it was hard for someone to get out of this sort of situation, but that she longed for change. She was hopeful that one day she too would have money, get a place of her own, and make a better life for herself as well as having sufficient to also help others. She was keen that that break would come about from the lottery or some other big break like the Lottery. Dee had done some volunteering in the past, she had seen others getting out but somehow it seemed that she was never fortunate to be offered that chance. She also said that women sometimes were raped, robbed and abused in some of these Homes, and she was tired of this way of life. We listened and prayed with her, during the prayer a worker came over and ask us to move on. We truly felt that this was a case that Peacemakers could adopt and offer some sort of sponsorship. Dee would not give us her full name nor a personal contact telephone number, but she did promise to visit our website and that she would contact Reverend Palmer through the Contact Us page. So far, we have not heard from her. It is our hope that in time she may get in touch.
Dee remains in our thoughts and prayers, and although we were not allowed to use our camera on the grounds, we got one of Dee and the Rev as they sat in the shelter across from the Mission Centre.
Nashville Rescue Mission – Women Housing
Over the next 14 days Peacemakers Prayer Patrols will intensify their awareness in Prayer and Gratitude for the 14 Countries as listed below:
**Whilst we are specifically naming these 14 countries this month, we wish to make it clear that we are always, in the continuum, recognising the oneness of our world. We are Blessing the whole, at the same time, within our awareness that all Nations are connected through the one, the all good, and glorious flow of Life. Our Prayer, as it stand for this year, Let Love reign. Let Hope reign. Let there be Peace. And so it is, Amen.- One Global Family - Peace Garden, Bristol, 2015.