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Shocking Romford stabbing prompts Havering Christians to hold powerful prayer rally for peace

PUBLISHED: 17:14 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:41 16 June 2017

Gary Seithel, chairman of Across Havering - a network of churches across the borough- speaking at a prayer rally at Romford Baptist Church, organised in response to the tragic death of Hosam Eisa outside The Brewery. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

Gary Seithel, chairman of Across Havering - a network of churches across the borough- speaking at a prayer rally at Romford Baptist Church, organised in response to the tragic death of Hosam Eisa outside The Brewery. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

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A prayer rally for peace was held this week in response to the shocking death of Hosam Eisa, 20, who was stabbed outside The Brewery last month.

From families to businesses, councillors to emergency services, to shopping centres and victims of crime, no one and nothing was left out when Christians gathered at Romford Baptist Church on Wednesday.

More than 150 people gathered at the event in Main Road, Romford, organised by Across Havering – a network of churches – to pray for the wellbeing and safety of the borough.

Across Havering’s chairman, Gart Seithel, said: “We believe in prayer and believe that when we get together as Christians and pray together it can change situations.

“God hears our prayers.

“This was because of Hosam and then right after that there were two more stabbings, and then a car ran up onto the pavement at a sixth form college.

“This has got to stop.”

A live band played rousing worship songs and inspirational speakers, including the church’s minister Rev Ian Bunce, parishioners Linda Holt, and Vivian Abbey led people in prayer.

“We don’t want knife crime in our borough,” said Mr Bunce.

“We don’t want our community in danger. We want a change in the spiritual temperature.

“We want a miracle, a game changer. We pray for this because we know our God reigns.”

Several stations were set up for prayers to be said for specific categories, families, banks, arts and entertainment, schools and colleges, NHS and emergency services.

A station was also set up for the media and people even prayed for the Recorder and its reporters –which was gratefully received.

Mr Seithel continued: “One of Christ’s names is the prince of peace and we desperately need his help to change the environment and atmosphere of Havering.”

The victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy were also included.

“Our prayers go out to those caught up and displaced and those having to work even longer hours trying to care for our nation,” he added.

Che Pullen, 19, Loom Grove, Romford, and a 17-year-old teenager are charged with Hosam’s murder. The trial is expected to start on Monday, November 13.

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