Pastors and faith leaders in Charlotte are offering hope and spiritual healing in the wake of the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man shot by a black police officer.
Police say a gun was recovered on the scene. His family, however, insists he didn't have a gun, but a book.
Violent protests erupted in the city Wednesday as a result of the shooting.
Dot Cannamela lives in the same neighborhood as Scott and she told CBN News that God protected her by delaying her commute by 15 minutes that night.
"I prayed with a pastor friend of mine for safety and protection. I didn't have a good feeling," she recalled.
The neighborhood is by UNCC and dozens of people came out and harassed officers and lab workers. Cannamela said what she experienced could only be described as chaos.
"The violence and destruction, people cannot imagine," she said. "There was vulgarity...I was called names that I don't even want to tell you," she added.
Cannamela said that the violence and tension was so high that she could not approach the victim's family to share the words of encouragement the Lord put on her heart.
"I want to give encouragement, plant a seed with people, (to) my brothers and sisters in the Lord and people unsaved that we can overcome and God is in control".
"I believe the leaders in this town, in this state, in our government they (shouldn't) take this lightly and my prayer to the Lord is that we try to be in peace and unity and show love to people. What we need to try to do here is show love to people. That's what Christ represented," she added.
North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency, calling in the National Guard and state police to help restore order.
Pastor Kirby Anthony of R5 Church said he felt God compelled him to attend the protests Wednesday.
In an interview with CBN News he said, "Last night me, myself and a couple of brothers from our church decided to go down into uptown for one reason and one reason only, to pray and to be a light for those that were there."
"To be a light for the police officers and a light for the protesters," said Anthony.
He shared what he saw at the protests, many of which, he said, were peaceful.
"We saw some people protesting silently, obviously we saw the police officers, who at that time were very reserved, standing in a straight line, just standing there quietly and then we did see some protesters that were down there. You could tell they were there just to cause trouble," he explained.
The shooting death of Scott came just days after another officer-involved shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by an officer Friday.
In both cases, police said they felt threatened and were forced to take lethal action.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association sends it Rapid Response team of chaplains all over the world to minister in crisis situations.
The team deployed to Ferguson, Missouri and other cities that have seen unrest after police shootings. The team was in its hometown of Charlotte to offer a beacon of hope admist the protests.
Kelly Burke, Manager of Emergency Response and Logistics for BGEA's Rapid Response team told CBN News, "We had our chaplains spread out in some teams."
"Some were in the area where the shooting took place last night where they heard the shot. They saw some of the windows broken," Burke said during the interview.
He recalled that one man had asked for prayer.
"He just said I'm overwhelmed with life right now. And that's a constant theme that we hear often", said Burke.
When asked how churches can help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the inner city communities.
"To be engaged," he answered.
"Our Decision America tour right now that Franklin Graham is a part of is largely that. It's just that the church, and it's kind of a reactive impluse that we all have, to maybe withdraw and maybe get inside the church and maybe while things are tense and caotic out there on the streets," he said.
"They're tense and caotic on the streets because they don't know the hope. They're looking for answers. They're looking for solutions."
Pastor Anthony said that anger what is fueling the black community in light of black men killed by white, and sometimes even black police officers.
"I believe the gentleman who got shot in Oklahoma, one of the gentleman in the helicopter said he looks like a 'big dude or a bad dude or something.' Well he's not just a bad dude," said Anthony.
"That's somebody's father. That's somebody's son. That's somebody's neighbor. And so when you see them get killed it angers you."
There is also another cause for the anger among blacks said Anthony.
"The legal system that failed, in a lot of people's opinions, to prosecute these officers for the way that they handled the situation and the way that they took the individual's life," he commented.
Meanwhile, communication and humility between officers and the black community is part of the solution Anthony told CBN News.
"The officer when he goes out into the community, he needs to check his attitude," said Anthony.
"Are these just people that you're lording your authority over and nobody has a right and you have all the power. I think that's a very dangerous attitude to have."
He said blacks have a role to play in moving forward as well.
"At the same time there are plenty of us in the black community that when we look at these officers we can't just look at them as the enemy."
America's inner-cities are in need of people who will go and show the love of Christ, Trent and Carmen Post told CBN News. The couple head Make Your Mark, an international, non-profit ministry based in Charlotte.
The couple moved into downtown Charlotte more than a decade ago, with no other ambition than to renovate and re-sell an old home. Within months, they started sharing their lives with drug addicts, prostitutes and street kids who feel they have no hope.
"They feel like that, they feel marginalized, they feel forgotten about, they have no voice and we like to stand in the gap and we know Jesus does, too," Trent said.
He emphasizes that the key to understanding the needs of people in the inner-cities is relationship.
"We always say, 'The world needs more Jesus is flesh.' And Jesus didn't just come out and pray. He engaged people, he loved them, he fed them, he healed them...it was relationship."
Carmen said a Facebook post showed her the need to drop her defenses, let go of her need to be right and listen to the pain of others. After she wrote, "All Lives Matter" in relation to a "Black Lives Matter" post, one of the mother's of a child in their ministry responded in pain and anger.
"All I could do was selflessly understand her and put myself in her shoes and put anything that I thought away, and, you know, I think that's what it takes. I think it takes us as believers like to put what we think, what we've been taught, like put it away for the Gospel. We don't have to be right, we don't have to prove a point, but put it away for the Gospel so that people are feeling loved."
On Friday Night, May 27th, I was traveling on an 11 hour overnight flight from Tel Aviv to JFK airport. I had just co-led a 10 day prophetic tour in Israel and was completely exhausted flying back home. As I went to sleep on the plane, I had a very powerful prophetic dream from the Lord that came in audible message form. The Holy Spirit spoke to me as I was asleep and when I woke up on the plane, I had an indescribable urgency to get out my computer and immediately type out all that I had heard from Him in the dream. For me personally, I have been having these non symbolic, very literal types of prophetic dreams since I was 12 years old and have published many of them concerning President Obama and Hillary Clinton in one of my books called, “Chronicles of the Unknown Dreamer 2013“.
CHARLOTTE, NC AND THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
This is what I heard in the prophetic dream on the plane and what I wrote down:
“My eyes are upon you in this hour. Though the birth pains and complications have been great in recent years as gross darkness and immorality has tried to cover the land, so I Myself will deliver this Isaac that I have promised to you. I, the Lion of Judah am roaring in Charlotte, who can but prophesy? Can you hear My roar sons of men? Gather the elders of the land, call a sacred assembly, and fast together, for Charlotte shall be a flashpoint for awakening and revival on the East Coast of the United States. What happens in Charlotte will touch Washington D.C. There is a divine connection between Charlotte and Washington D.C. that will shake the nation. Tremors of glory will be felt in Washington D.C., but only as a foreshadowing of what I will do in Charlotte” says the Lord.
He continued on, “I call forth My Daniel Company on the East Coast! I say to My prophets and intercessors: because you have chosen not to feast upon worldly pleasures, but rather dine with Me, I will give you unprecedented favor to move the hearts of kings that sit in positions of authority on the East Coast. There is a trumpet of holiness that shall be sounded. I am releasing prophetic messengers of repentance and consecration that will challenge the Nebuchadnezzar’s to bow their knees to My righteous decrees. Yes, the knees of some governors and even congressmen and women will bow as My prophetic messengers release righteous decrees that will set the people free.
You must recognize that Governor Haley from South Carolina is my Esther of the hour! My body on the East Coast must stand with her, for the time is now! Open up your arms to her and do not be blind to the anointing and favor that I have placed upon her life for such a time as this. From Jacksonville, FL to Washington D.C., there will be a divine window in June through September where strategic planning for awakening on the East Coast must take place. During these months, many of My servants will be visited by an unusual wind of grace to heal, restore, and refresh them. Yes, even some physical storms are coming as a sign in the natural realm that My glory shall be released in the spirit realm.
Lou Engle, call the huddle and assemble the team. The prophecies of Bob Jones and Bill Bright will not fall to the ground!” says the Lord.
May the Holy Spirit use His words to encourage, strengthen, and comfort the body of Christ in this hour.
Jeremiah has a very dynamic and unusual ministry because he not only travels nationally and internationally as a prophetic minister , but also planted and is on the eldership team at Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, FL full time. (www.hotfmlakeland.com) This is a thriving community of believers committed to revival, awakening, and character transformation on a daily basis.
Today I was searching for a video to send to one of my friends and came across this one - it is me giving my testimony about Israel for an event that was held at Steele Creek Church in Charlotte, NC. I was representing the Messianic group, One New Man, at Steele Creek.
Just wanted to share my heart with you! And especially want to share with you who are going up to Zion with us this year - particularly for first-timers!
Click on the link below - it's a short vimeo - about five minutes.
Scott Volk is Messianic Jew who came to faith in 1975. After graduating from North Central University in Minneapolis in 1988, Scott has served in various pastoral capacities in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.
After more than 20 years in pastoral ministry, Scott founded Together For Israel, a non-profit ministry that exists to partner with the Church for the salvation of Israel (Rom 11:26).
Scott and his wife, Beth, have been married for over 25 years and have a heart to see
Jew and Gentile united as ‘one new man’ in the Messiah.
They have five children and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I met Scott several years ago, and it has been such a blessing to get to know him. He has such
a genuine love for people and such a caring heart, and he, like Abba, is zealous over Zion!
He is so transparent about his journey as he tells how he, as a Jewish believer in Messiah Yeshua,
only recently embraced the calling for Israel. I was so mesmerized by his story of how the
Lord spoke to him after a visit to the Land. He founded and directs Together for Israel.
I so support and believe in what he is doing with Together for Israel.