You would probably have to admit that if you saw this group of tattooed, young Latin men in your neighborhood, you’d probably call the cops, too.
Well, that’s what locals from Stockton, California, did when that same group strode into their community last summer.
Judging by their looks, who would blame them? But looks can be deceiving sometimes.
The boys wearing ball caps and baggy clothes weren’t up to anything mischievous or criminal in fact; rather, they were there on a mission, and their mission was to preach the word of God.
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In fact, they were from the Victory Outreach Church in the United States, which reaches out to ex-gang members, drug addicts, and other troubled souls in need of redemption and offers to give them hope.
So, that explains the tattoos.
Despite all their good intentions, though, as you might expect, the police showed up anyway.
But the group’s run-in with law enforcement that day ended in a way that you might not expect. You could even say that what happened was quite inspirational.
The group hadn’t gotten far into the neighborhood when they were stopped by more than half a dozen officers in police cars.
The incident was described later by one of the church members, Karlos Valazquez, who was there to Liftable:
“They stopped us and then the young man that is praying for the officers explained what we were doing, the officers listened and asked if we would shut it down within 20 mins and we agreed.”
The band complied, and they were about to pack it in, when inspiration struck one of their members, and one of the youngest of the young men reached out to the officers and made a simple request.
“The young man asked the officers if they mind if He prayed for them,” Valazquez recalled. “The officers said they did not mind and so he began to pray for them. One of our guys saw this happening and began to record.”
The prayer was passionate, and quite a sight to behold, in fact (be sure to check it out in the video below).
Some of the older boys are seen in the video joining in with their own prayers, as the officers watch on (with their hands conspicuously resting on their gun belts).
Included in the prayer was a plea to protect the officers and their families and empower them to make “peace,” “justice,” and “love.”
Watch this pleasantly unexpected turn of events unfold:
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Rather than sending the crew back where they came from, after the prayer, the officers allowed them to continue their mission of spreading the gospel, and even thanked them for their words of blessing.
“But God turned things around and they loved our message and everything that was being spoken,” the group later wrote in a caption when the video put on their Instagram page.
“It was an amazing moment, afterward the officers thanked us and They let us continue and they went on their way,” Valazquez told Liftable.