‘I Was So Speechless’: Florida Minister Who Attended Protest to Pray Arrested, Jailed

Dr. Delaine Smith

06-05-2020 CBN News Charlene Aaron

On Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Delaine Smith of Jacksonville, FL, said she received a special message from the Lord.

“God said to me, ‘Daughter I want you to go to the courthouse to pray,'” Smith told CBN News.

Smith, a retired real-estate investigator, and an ordained minister had gathered with about 400 others in front of the Duval County Courthouse to rally for justice after the death of George Floyd.  Floyd died in Minneapolis on May 25 while in police custody.Related

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She said the protesters, mainly millennials were about fifty percent black and fifty percent white.

“I took posters with me that said 2 Chronicles 7:14,” explained Smith. “Then they say peace and love. So, I did what he said to do, and I carried those items and a cooler of water to bless the police officers and the people that may have been there.”

Smith said she felt like she was on assignment to show the love of God and to pray for both protesters and police.

“When I get there, I take a selfie with one of the officers,” she said.  “And then I prayed with three of the other officers. I prayed for them and offered them water.”

Smith filmed herself at the event live via her Facebook page.

The video shows her praying with protesters and telling them to remain peaceful, and to not destroy any public property.

“I wanted to convey that message number one, I’m a licensed realtor. I specialize in new construction. I couldn’t see anyone standing before one of the houses that I have under contract and burning it over a protest. I couldn’t fathom that,” Smith explained. 

She added, “I felt like because I sell in Jacksonville, I felt like it was my duty to take a stand. I stood and I said, ‘no, God promises me that where my feet tread, he’ll give me the land. We don’t burn cities. We don’t buildings. We don’t destroy property.”

Smith said she stayed on the steps of courthouse to pray while protesters proceeded to march.

Sometime later, Smith says she heard an officer telling protesters they had to leave.

“I leave the steps of the courthouse. I walk into the street where the officer is. I said, ‘Sir, may I please have clarity? Why are they being asked to disperse?’ He said, ‘Because I said it’s over and it is illegal gathering.'”

Smith’s video shows the crowd dispersing as police in riot gear moved closer to them with orders to leave the premises with her urging people to go home.  Some who refused were arrested, including Smith.

“You’re now under arrest,” Smith recalled the officer telling her. “And he pointed to one of the officers, he said arrest her. He put zip lock handcuffs on my hands behind me.”

“I was so speechless.  I said, ‘are you kidding me?’  I am the one that has controlled this crowd.  I am the one,'” Smith continued.

“He put me in handcuffs and those zip ties so tight that my hands were swollen for almost an hour,” she recalled. 

According to News4Jaz, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the crowd had become confrontational and things were being thrown.  

Smith said she and several other protesters were detained in a police van for two hours before being taken to jail where she slept on a bed without padding. She was bailed out after 24 hours and all charges against her were dropped.

While upset about the experience, Smith believes that God used her prayers to maintain peace. A protest the prior night turned violent.

She said, “I’m not bitter. I think I’m better because as a preacher and a minister of God, we’re so busy going to church that we forget to do ministry. And what God did was he gave me my compassion back.” 

“I was manifested peace. I am so grateful that God chose to use me.  I needed to save those kids,” said Smith.ShareTweetEmail +7

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Unemployment Dips to 13.3%, US Adds 2.5 Million Jobs in May

06-05-2020 CBN News

ABOVE: Dan Celia, president, and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program “Financial Issues,” appeared on the Friday afternoon edition of CBN’s Newswatch to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting the US economy.  Newswatch is seen weekdays on the CBN News Channel. For a programming schedule, click here

An encouraging report on America’s unemployment rate was released Friday as the May unemployment rate actually went down. 

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May from 14.7%, and 2.5 million jobs were added – a surprisingly positive reading in the midst of a recession that has paralyzed the economy in the wake of the viral pandemic.

Some economists had projected that the unemployment rate would do up as high as 20 percent. 

The May job gain suggests that businesses have quickly been recalling workers as states have reopened their economies. 

Most economists had expected rehiring to kick in as shutdowns were increasingly lifted and people gradually resumed shopping and eating out.

“The surprising thing here is the timing and that it happened as quickly as it did,” said Adam Kamins, senior regional economist at Moody’s Analytics.

Other evidence has also shown that the job market meltdown triggered by the coronavirus has bottomed out. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has declined for nine straight weeks. And the total number of people receiving such aid has essentially leveled off. 

The overall job cuts have widened economic disparities that have disproportionately hurt minorities and lower-educated workers. 

Stock market futures shot up on the news of the report and some analysts believe the economy will recover much more quickly than most economists expected.

An exultant President Trump seized on the report as evidence that the economy is going to come back from the coronavirus crisis like a “rocket ship.”

“This shows that what we’ve been doing is right,” said the president, who has pushed governors aggressively to reopen their economies amid warnings from public health officials that the country is risking a second wave of infections.

Economists had expected the government to report that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs in May on top of the 21.4 million lost in March and April.

Instead, nearly all industries added jobs, a sharp reversal from April, when almost all cut them. Hotels and restaurants added 1.2 million jobs in May, after shedding 7.5 million. Retailers gained 368,000, after losing nearly 2.3 million in the previous month. Construction companies added 464,000 after cutting 995,000.

Dr. James Dobson, president and founder of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute, commented on the “encouraging” news about the economy.

“As our nation continues to stagger under the weight of George Floyd’s tragic murder, the related riots, the continuing blows from the coronavirus, and the economic fallout, anger, and fear, we are desperately in need of good news. And that encouragement came this morning,” Dobson said in a statement. 

“The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that 2.5 million jobs were added in May and the unemployment rate fell to 13.3%. This stunning comeback shocked analysts and experts, who had predicted 7.5 million job losses and an unemployment rate of 19.2%. This is reason to celebrate!” he explained. 

Dobson also noted that we still have much work to do as a nation.

“I interviewed Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) this week, and we discussed the merciless killing of George Floyd and the dark state of our nation in the aftermath. This broadcast will be available on DrJamesDobson.org starting June 5, and I encourage you to listen.“In the meantime, let’s continue to pray for our country and for the Lord’s wisdom as we strive to move forward together as Americans, and as men and women created in the image of God,” he said. 

“May He heal and bless this nation for His glory,” Dobson concluded. 

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