As the Friday sun shines down on Stockton’s city hall, there’s a push for change. A coming together that Mayor Anthony Silva hopes will turn the tide of violence in the city he leads, “We need to pray to put a reduction to gang violence and gun violence,” Mayor Anthony Silva told FOX40.
Mayor Silva, along with with 24 congregations throughout Stockton, will meet on the steps of city hall and pray on Monday. Pray for peace and for hope, “You can’t stop the evil that’s gonna take place. You know, that’s taking place, but through prayer we believe that we’re able to push back,” Pastor Armando Peraza with Victory Outreach said.
Pastor Peraza’s congregation, Victory Outreach, will be one of the group’s in attendance, “Because we know that prayer can change things,” the pastor explained.
Every 30 minutes a different group will lead in prayer for a city where violence is notorious and knows no bounds. Prayer knows no prejudice, unfortunately neither does violence. Just days ago, parents and children feared for the worse as two bullets pierced through a Chuck E. Cheese’s window.
It’s a rally that offers hope for the faithful, “Gives hope to a city. It’s ok to pray and root for your city to succeed,” the mayor said.
A united front some believe is needed for things to change, “There’s power in unity and we come together as a community and begin to pray for the city it shows a force in our city,” the pastor told us.
Monday’s ‘Pray for Stockton’ event will begin at 6 am and end at 6 pm.