Pray For Your City!

It is my joy to pastor in Oakland, California. I pastor in a city that has many things missing for the next generation. It has many things broken in its city systems and governmental structures. It lacks many things that should constitute a quality urban life. It is nonetheless still a joy to be in the purpose of my calling and in the place of my raising.

New Hope is a house of prayer assigned to Oakland. It is from Oakland, out of Oakland, and beyond Oakland that we envision and expect our prayers to touch and transform. We are praying for your city. Would you please pray for ours?

Oakland, California
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,977
> Population: 403,887
> 2015 murders: 89 (20th highest)
> Poverty rate: 19.5% (135th highest)
> Percentage of adults with high school degree: 80.9% (62nd lowest)

Oakland has historically suffered from high crime and last year was no exception. Oakland reported nearly 2,000 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2015. Moreover, the city reported 1,319 robberies per 100,000 residents, the most of any large American city.

In addition to violent crime, property crime was also quite high in the city, at over 6,200 such incidents per 100,000 residents last year. By comparison, it is  more than double the national rate at 2,731 per 100,000 residents.

If you would like us to pray for your city, please send us information about your city and help us specifically target your city’s greatest needs. Visit and leave us your prayer request.

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