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seek city welfareAccording to Jeremiah 29:7, we are to seek God for the peace of our city. Today, we pray to our Father in heaven for the welfare of our city, knowing its welfare will determine our welfare. It is a land for which our God cares, the eyes of the Lord our God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year (Deuteronomy 11:10-12).






Praying friends are invited to join in the 2021 prayer walks held the first Saturday of each month, from 9:20-10:30.  Join us as we walk and pray for the well-being of municipalities around the city and county.

Click the link for details on each month’s prayer walk. “To the angel of the church (in the Erie area) He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20).

2021 Prayer Walks


A group of prayer warriors from Erie, Pennsylvania heard God’s call to participate in the national call to “Bury the Hatchet” and are excited to see what God will accomplish here in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

We buried the hatchets on September 11, 2021, at 4:00 pm (EST) with a wide variety of people empowered by Holy Spirit because of Jesus and his shed blood.

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Ruth Steel, received the call-to-action and organized the event with Cindy Matta and Apostle Kevin and Denise Nelson. We have pressed in and feel we have the proper apostolic alignment, prophetic insight and power of agreement for this important prophetic act.

Cindy administrates PRAYERIE, a prayer movement of intercessors, prophets and apostles who have a monthly prayer walk in Erie City & County. She has also done spiritual mapping of the area. Apostle Kevin Nelson of Abundant Life Church of Erie was the host apostle. Pastor Nichole Schreiber of Erie First Assembly graciously allowed us to “Bury the Hatchet” on their church grounds. I, Ruth Steel, have a website called Cultural Architects or Outhouse Ministries in which I train people to change their culture in all circles of society.

Apostle Kevin Nelson opened by praying 2 Corinthians 10:4, 10 & 23 NIV and led in taking communion. He says, “This act will be pivotal to destroying the spirit of division in the territory and it will open new routes for the unity of the church, the restoration of wealth, and open gates for industry. Another portal will open from heaven as we strike the ground.”

Cindy explained the history of Burying the Hatchet. She also shared that the church property is a high point in Erie County, situated on the ridge just south of Lake Erie, known locally as the I-90 corridor. The ridge forms an International Water Shed from which we will declare, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, is Lord!” There is defilement of our land because of violent bloodshed and broken covenant. We learn from the Old Testament prophet Hosea; bloodshed begets bloodshed (Hosea 4:2-3). The Erie Nation (Erielhonan) was destroyed here by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois/Five Nations) in the 1650’s. The battle for empire between the British and French was set in motion here at Fort LeBoeuf with George Washington’s eviction notice to the French in 1753. Pontiac’s War in 1760’s culminated with broken promises and violent bloodshed at Fort Presque Isle which was situated on the bay (Lake Erie) at the foot of present-day Parade Street. Numerous prayers and walks have been offered on this ground. As we repent and commit this prophetic act of Burying the Hatchet, we will be “striking the ground” yet again to destroy division, malice, and greed (II Kings 13:18).

Apostle Kevin Nelson released Dutch Sheet’s Prayer and Commissioning along with spiritual insights of Erie being a lynchpin to the nation.

Bob Werder led in song with “Way Maker Miracle Worker” by Michael W. Smith.

Declarations over the Territory of Erie, Pennsylvania were read by Ruth Steel:

“God Almighty, this white heart is a symbol of Your pure Father’s heart toward us and our land. The pinecone represents the evergreen tree and a seed for the future generations being brought into your covenant. These hatchets represent different groups of people who come from different backgrounds but who have a common love for You and Your Kingdom. We stand in unity to break the curses spoken over the people, the land, and the removal of a spirit of division. There has been much bloodshed on this land involving British, French, and Native Americans. The massacres of the Erie Native Americans, including people they have slain. The bloodshed in the French and Indian war. The bloodshed and deception that occurred at Fort Presque Isle during the Indian military campaign against the British known as Pontiac’s War. These bloodsheds have created an atmosphere of anger, vengeance, injustices, jealous, division, death, hopelessness, and destruction.

We stand-in-the-gap to make a hedge of protection on this land for all this bloodshed. God has given us this land. We repent, let go of all offenses, and ask for forgiveness for greed, injustices, hate, deception, anger, jealousy, and for depending on our own strength to bring about fleshly desires instead of your kingdom. These doorways of hell will no longer rule in our territory. Jesus died for all mankind’s sins and was raised up in the power of Holy Spirit, taking all the authority back for God’s kingdom. We are God’s children, heirs, and rulers over this territory and have the legal right to remove the defilement of the land.

We do this act of burying the hatchets as a prophetic act to redeem our land. We do this in remembrance of the Native Americans, the French, the British and others, who have lost their lives in this territory. We honor and redeem the sacrifices for this land. Burying these hatchets together means the past and all the bloodshed, broken vows, lies, deception, and injustices are now cover by the cleansing Blood of Jesus. The bloodshed that cries out for the injustices is now covered by the Blood of Jesus. We now have a fresh start to brings God’s kingdom in our land. Spirit of division, you no longer have access to our territory!

Our weapons are now the Word of God, to bring a “cease and desist” order in this territory. Zechariah 4:6b-7 NIV says, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” We declare that this is a time of harvest and double portion. We invite the Holy Spirit to invade our land.

We dedicate this land for God’s kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven. Our land is redeemed and a reversal of all curses in the land and our bloodlines is now removed. We call forth the original intent for this territory. We ask for your redeeming power to multiply your kingdom, to bring unity as we declare, “God’s Kingdom Rules!” over this land.”

Apostle Denise Nelson Declared Ephesians 1:19-23 – from The Passion Translation.

We had one person with French blood place one hatchet and another person with Native American blood placed the second hatchet. Ruth Steel, having British blood, placed a pure white heart that represented “God’s Father’s heart” to replace the fatherlessness in our land. Then each of the 20+ people came and put a shovel of dirt to bury the hatchets. When the hatchets were buried, we placed an uncut stone with a plaque that says, “Buried the Hatchet” Cleansing the land of Bloodshed – Isaiah 58:12 – September 11, 2011.

We had two Shofars release the sound of heaven and closed with shouting “Jesus is Lord!”

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As Pennsylvania commerce gets back on it’s feet and schools are open, let’s keep the faith! Now would be a good time to pray along with WCTL Tune your radio to 106.3 to catch the weekday prayer times: 6:35 AM, 11:20 AM, 2:20 PM, and at noon for worship and “Prayer with a Pastor”.

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