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On a Sunday in August of 2013 the mayor of Pomona along with certain members of the city council stood in the sanctuary of one of Pomona’s churches. Mayor Elliott Rothman was moved by the worship services and concerned over recent weekends which had seen as many as four murders in our city. Because the murder rate in Pomona was twice what it had been two years ago, and because of other negative developments, the mayor was moved to ask that believers would come together and pray for the city of Pomona. He invited s take steps to organize and coordinate a time of unified prayer by those who love and are concerned about our city and who believe in the power of prayer.

Because the mayor embodies the most powerful political figure in our city, we have taken this call to prayer seriously and see it as spiritually significant. From scripture we see that the king of Nineveh called the people to fasting and prayer and the fate of the city was altered: We are fully persuaded that God can do a similar thing for Pomona, a city which continues to need a dramatic change.

On Sunday, Nov. 10th of last year we gathered some 1500 people to Ganesha High School’s football field to pray in an event called the Pomona Day of Prayer. Many churches participated both from the city of Pomona and from adjacent communities. The event attracted television coverage from local channels 2, 4, 7 and 9 and drew a widespread response as communities across Southern California witnessed this positive spiritual initiative that emerged from our city. The event was presented under the authority of a group called Community Builders Association, a community-based economic development corporation associated with Shield of Faith. The Pomona Day of Prayer was conceived as a time of genuine spiritual warfare and was preceded by weeks of intercession, fasting and prayer: Apart from praying together for our city we were intentional that there was no additional agenda.

At debriefing meetings subsequent to the Pomona Day of Prayer, the participating pastors of the city prayerfully concluded that God would have us continue to meet to determine His will for us as a group. We concluded that we should continue interacting both to minister to one another and also to continue spiritual warfare together for the city of Pomona. An informal coalition called Pomona Pastors in Prayer emerged with the following three-fold purpose –

  1. Praying together,
  2. Worshipping together and
  3. Learning together.
The three stated activities continue and are expanding for any and all churches of Pomona who wish to be involved. Other churches from outside our city have joined us and have made their own strong commitments to intervene both in prayer and by strong evangelistic outreach to Pomona, particularly Pastor David Diaz of New Beginnings Ministries whose son, Youth Pastor Daniel Diaz became a victim of the brutal violence of our city.

We are glad to reliably report that results to prayer are already beginning to be manifest. From no less credible source than the police department themselves is verified that the level of crime and violence in our city has been dramatically reduced as the churches have begun to pray fervently and to work together more comfortably. It is also important to note that the Pomona Day of Prayer in days to be seen as an event presented by Pomona Pastors in Prayer and is no longer to be presented by Community Builders Association.

In this year of 2014 God has arranged the circumstances that now challenge us to greatly expand the size of the Pomona Day of Prayer. In 2013 the Pomona Unified School District made the Ganesha High Stadium available to us but they are unable to do so in 2014 because of renovations that will be made to the stadium at the time of our scheduled event. Upon the recommendation of school board officials we contacted the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds and received a welcoming response. We have reserved the grandstand at the Los Angeles County Fairplex which offers comfortable shaded seating for 8,000. We are now in the process of planning for an event that will take full advantage of the physical space made available to us. Our challenge is to plan prayerfully and carefully and to execute a series of strategies that will aim to fill each of the 8,000 seats and bring the presence and favor of God upon our 2014 day of prayer.

Changing Pomona by the Power of the Holy Spirit!

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And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

(Jeremiah 29:7 KJV)

PRAYING TOGETHER!
WORSHIPPING TOGETHER!
LEARNING TOGETHER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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