YUMA, Ariz. – The 25th Annual Yuma Area Prayer Breakfast took place on Friday with the common goal of helping the community spiritually.
“We want the gangs to be dispersed. We have 3,500 gang members that’s way to many for any community. We’re concerned about that,” President of Yuma Prayer Breakfast Richard Osness said.
Osness says he’d like 25th Annual Prayer Breakfast to help youth and eliminate gangs in Yuma.
“We want to help our youth with our city. We want also to help all of us sort of point out the way and show the youth we are for them,” Osness said.
He says helping the youth and those getting out of prison could not only reduce gang activity but make Yuma a better community.
“We need revival, not only for our youth but for all of us. We our prayer warriors,” Osness said.
Board member Tyrone Jones of the Yuma Prayer Breakfast also agrees with Osness.
“I came because I think that prayer is our strongest weapon,” Tyrone Jones said.
Speaker Jack Murphy,a former inmate himself, says he hopes his speech today can help inspire the entire community.
His speech included ways to help prevent crime and recidivism through religion.