Chicago Pastors Fight Deadly Gun Violence With Power of Prayer and the Gospel


For the last 20 years, Chicago has seen an unending wave of violence.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, between 2001-2020 more people were killed in the Windy City than in the combined military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Spiritual leaders in the city are joining together hoping to change that narrative. Their weapon? The power of the gospel.

Pastor Dimas Salaberrios, a former drug dealer from New York, knows firsthand the reality of gun violence. After fasting 40 days for an end to the violence, he felt compelled to take America where it happens in his film, Chicago: America's Hidden War.

Salaberrios spent two years filming in the city and told CBN News what he sees happening there is a spiritual battle.

"I would say in Chicago there is definitely a demonic presence that I sense when I'm praying and interacting with people on the street," explained Salaberrios.

Pastor Corey Brooks, who heads a ministry in Chicago called Project Hood, agrees with Salaberrios.

"There's a real spiritual battle going on in the city of Chicago for the lives of people," said Brooks. "There seems to be a spirit of murder throughout the city."

Brooks explained how evil works its way into the lives of young people there.

"Some of it is gang-related," said Brooks. "You have a bunch of splinter groups who are part of organizations. And these splinter groups go from block to block, neighborhood to neighborhood, and it makes things very difficult."

Children are among the many victims.

For the rest of this story, visit our content partners at

Read articles like this one and other Spirit-led content in our new platform, CHARISMA PLUS.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective