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BY Francis Akhalbey, 8:15am February 28, 2023,

Ferguson pastor uses prayer to foil armed robbery in his church

Pastor Marquaello Futrell said he used prayer to foil a robbery in his church -- Image via Facebook/All Creation Northview Holiness Family Church

A pastor in Ferguson said he turned to God in prayer to prevent a group of armed and masked men from executing a robbery in his church during Sunday service. In an interview with KSDK, Pastor Marquaello Futrell of the All Creation Family Church said the encounter happened on February 12. 

Futrell, who is also a former St. Louis police officer, said he turned to prayer after he noticed the suspicious activity in his church. The incident was also live-streamed on the church’s Facebook page.

One of the alleged would-be robbers is said to have entered the church first with two bags in his possession. The man also spoke with the Children Services Director. But Futrell said he instantly became suspicious.

“I immediately just had the hairs on the back of my neck I’m like, ‘OK, something’s about to happen,'” the pastor said, adding that he also asked the director to “lock the doors and keep the children safe.”

The four unidentified men who ultimately entered the church were also masked. “Me being a former police officer, I immediately noticed their waistbands, I’m like, ‘There’s something there,'” Futrell recalled.

The pastor also said one of his congregants saw a member of the group drop a gun. But Futrell went ahead with the service as he did not want to create panic among his congregants or make them aware the police were headed to the church.

“I immediately directed my media team to zoom in on them because I knew we needed some face recognition,” Futrell told KSDK. The pastor also confronted the men and told them he still had “a cop anointing,” the Facebook Livestream of the service showed.

“Don’t you play with me,” Futrell told the alleged would-be robbers. “I still got a cop anointing and I still know what’s going on, and I still know what’s about to happen. God’s about to change the plot of the enemy. Lift your voices and shout unto God for what he’s about to do.”

Futrell and the congregation eventually prayed for the men after they gave them the go-ahead. “See, that wasn’t so bad, brothers,” Futrell told the men afterward. “Thank you all for letting us pray for you. And we’re thankful that for whatever reason, the Lord let you all come here. That when you walked on the ground, you walked on Holy Ghost turf.”

“You stepped foot on All Creation parking lot. You encountered the move of the Holy Ghost and I just believe that you all will never be the same again,” Futrell told them.

Futrell also told the news outlet that he believed the men “felt the power of God lifted in their hands, then they left.” The pastor added that his actions were a combination of instincts and prayer.

“The Bible speaks of watch and pray, so while we’re being spiritual, I’m also watching around, trying to protect the congregants,” he said, adding that he hopes pastors and churches learn from the incident.

“How is it going to look if there’s an intruder, how are we going to protect our children, background checks, all of the above,” said Futrell.

The Ferguson Police Department said the four men drove away in a Black Dodge charger with tinted windows. They are yet to be tracked down. 

“I just heard the Lord say, ‘This is what happens when you illegally trespass,’” Futrell said, per New York Post. “That when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard. The flood will never be greater than the standard.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: February 28, 2023


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