by Darell J Philip, courtesy Adventist News Network

UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has described the escalation in knife crime as a ‘national emergency’ with a special emphasis needed to “tackle violence among young people”. [The Guardian] As their part in tackling the problem, Seventh-day Adventists in the UK and Ireland set aside two consecutive Sabbaths as days of silent prayer, particularly in local communities being impacted by gun and knife crime.

Hackney church, London, is just one of the churches that took part in the “rise up in prayer and take back their streets” prayer walk on 18 and 25 May 2019. On the second Sabbath, clothed in a garment of red to symbolise the lives taken by knifes, which also represented the shed blood of Christ for those lives cruelly taken, members silently walked in pairs – the silence in tribute to those sadly taken from their communities.

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