Hi! My name is Deneen Blake and I’ve been a part of Bellevue Police Prayer Partners (BP3) since 2007, praying for a Bellevue officer. Now that my daughters have both graduated from High School (what?!), I was looking for something new and am taking over leadership of this ministry. I am really looking forward to doing a re-fresh and getting new people signed up to support our officers in prayer.
Why BP3? Remember that early wind storm that we had in late August? I was stuck in traffic, just wanting to get home to my safe, dry house and away from all of the leaves and branches hitting my car. I finally got up to a dark intersection where a police officer was standing in the middle of the road, being hit by all that flying debris and honked at by frustrated motorists and I realized…he was standing out there to get US all home as quickly and safely as possible. Talk about a thankless job! I’m sure that members of this congregation honor the speed limits and, in any rare occasion where someone “accidentally” violated a traffic law and was caught, I’m certain that they were polite and respectful to the officer, but I understand that some other people are rather rude and hostile to them. 😉
These men and women see the people of Bellevue at their worst and most vulnerable, and try to treat everyone with respect. I wouldn’t want any of these officers to be out on patrol without their protective vests and I honestly believe that prayer support is as important for these first responders as their weapons and body armor.
First, I’m hoping that everyone who is currently praying for an officer will let me know, so that we can keep you up to date on any changes. Second, I’m hoping that a lot of new people will join us! Last year alone, 20 officers retired or left the department and 30 new officers were hired. There are now about 180 officers, plus additional dispatchers and firefighters. The first thing that I want to do is make sure that each of these first responders has at least one person that prays for them regularly.
I haven’t found it hard to do. Whenever I see a police car or hear a siren, I remember the officer that I pray for by name. I pray that he is safe and protected. I pray that he has insight and patience. I pray that he has courage and compassion, and I pray that God surrounds him with a strong support system of friends and family.
Thanks and I hope to hear from many of you soon.
To join BP3, please contact GetConnected.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.