Prayer Vigil For Murdered American Evangelists

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Stephen Ocean, one of the two killed preachers.

By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News Chief International Correspondent

WASHINGTON, USA (Worthy News)-- Christian leaders are preparing a major prayer vigil in Florida "to honor the lives" of two young street preachers who were shot and killed while evangelizing on the streets of the U.S. state's Boynton Beach, organizers said.

During the May vigil participants will remember Tite Sufra, 24, and Stephen Ocean, 23, who were shot January 30 after meeting suspect Jeriah Woody.

The two evangelists reportedly spoke about Christ with the 18-year-old Woody for some fifteen minutes. He then left, but soon returned with a weapon, police said.

Sufra reportedly walked up to greet Woody and was killed with a shot gun blast at point blank range. When Ocean tried to escape, he was apparently shot in the back. After he fell, Woody allegedly shot him in the head, execution style.

Woody was detained February 3 after surrendering to police and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, police said.


Organizers of the vigil honoring the killed preachers described Sufra and Ocean as "two courageous young black men [who were] shot to death while sharing the Gospel on the streets of Boynton Beach, Florida."

The prayer event was to take place May 16 from 1700 till 1900 hours in the evening local time at the parking lot 208 South Seacrest Boulevard, near where Ocean and Sufra were reportedly murdered.

"The best way to honor their memory is to return to the very place where they died,  pray for the community they loved and then share God's love and forgiveness in Jesus Christ," added Reverend Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, a Christian liberty group involved in the vigil.

"We will not concede even one street in America, but will assert our right and duty to proclaim Jesus is Lord," he stressed.


Tite Sufra was preaching the Gospel just shorty before he was killed.

"We will [also] pray for their families...and for justice," added Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an advocacy group sponsoring the event.

"Just as we honor those who die while serving our country and communities, we must honor Steven Ocean and Tite Sufra, two fine young men who were killed in the line of Christian duty," Cass said.

"This tragic event was largely ignored and under reported," he complained. "This vigil is our effort to pay these two men the respect they deserve."

The young men were ordained by their church "as ministers" last year after turning their lives around following run-ins with law enforcement,  a woman identified as Ocean's sister, told local media.


Jail records reportedly showed no adult arrests for Sufra. Ocean was apparently arrested in 2003 on robbery charges and in 2004 for violating probation on previous battery and petit theft convictions. He was reportedly arrested in 2006 for carrying a concealed firearm and resisting an officer.

However after becoming born-again Christians and turning their back to crime, they began preaching the Gospel to especially young people, including troubled boys, the sister suggested. "They go around and minister to boys and say where they came from," she told The Palm Beach Post newspaper. "They did that all day and all night." Till the moment they were killed.

Now, "All Christians, especially those who minister on the streets, are urged to come and take back the streets of Boynton Beach for Christ," said Cass.

It comes amid concerns over what several church groups view as a growing number of violent incidents against devoted Christians in the United States.

Last year, Jim Pullion was killed while holding pro-life signs in front of his granddaughter's Owasso Michigan high school. Reverend Fred Winters was murdered while preaching  on finding happiness in the workplace in his pulpit in the First Baptist Church in Marysville, Illinois.

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8 thoughts on “Prayer Vigil For Murdered American Evangelists”

  1. Praying!

    "For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 10:11


    "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalms 116:15


    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16


    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21


    I Love You LORD Jesus

    • FresnoJoe

      You know the promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
      The spirit of The Lord is in you, and I can see the joy of The Lord is in your heart as I read your comment.
      These are the last days, and it is going to get even worse.
      We are the generation to see the fullfilment of the word, and for those who know the word should not be afraid.
      Praise Him with all your heart, and with all your soul.
      We pray that The Lord will give us the strength to stay in his path, and like Tite Sufra and Stephen Ocean be able to be with Jeshua one day.

      Your brother in Christ. Rene

      • Hallelujah Dear Rene, Hallelujah!

        "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17

        Be Blessed Beloved Of The KING

        "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." 1 John 3:1

        Love, Your Brother Joe

  2. I praise God that these young men are breathing the air of heaven after hearing the words "well done my good and faithful servant".

    I am so grateful there are those who risk all for the sake of the lost.


  3. As we are living in the last of the last of days, It draws to the many hearts of HIS people to be bold as serpents but gentle as doves. I to preach on the streets and whereever else the LORD leads me as to talk to some one who needs to hear the truth and love of JESUS CHRIST and also give out tracks. It is very tragic as to what has happened to these 2 young men whose lives has changed because of the salvation message.
    AS we proclaim the love, there is someone or something that is going to happen as the enemy uses the weak minds and hearts of those who don't understand things in the spirit world. The christians need to be armoured for battle, prayed up and blood applied on us and face anything that confronts us as the 2 men did. WE need not stop or hold back. GOD has given to HIS people orders to go into all the world and preach the gospel
    GOD has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love,peace and a sound mind.
    For me to live is CHRIST and to die is gain, so what these 2 men did is just an open door for others to continue where they left off.
    I hope that what has happened will leave a great legacy of faith to inspire others to go forward with marching orders from the MOST HIGH GOD
    May those who are left increase with more love, favor, and forgiveness who has trapassed against us, Amen and again I say Amen!

  4. John 7:7
    The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
    John 12:25
    He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
    John 15:18
    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
    John 15:19
    If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
    John 17:14
    I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
    1 John 3:13
    Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

    “Anti-defamation” and other efforts to promote the political interests of “Christians” as an interest group are carnal, unbiblical and ungodly. The days of secular respect for the Name of Christ are over. Get over it and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh, and the time of the Gentiles is coming to a close.

    Exodus 1
    5And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
    6And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
    7And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
    8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
    9And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
    10Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
    11Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses

  5. Wow! When we read a news like this one. We could tell that Jesus is coming at any time ! And the Enemy know it! John #10-10.

  6. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Anyone interested in hearing about Christian Persecution around the world check out Voice of the Martyrs website: Christians are being killed, beaten, tortured all over the world, and it's no surprise because Jesus told us, "All men will hate you because of me".

    But blessed are we when we are persecuted, and blessed are we when people say horrible things about us because of Jesus, and great is our reward in heaven.

    Jesus is coming, there is no stopping Him. Every one will confess He is Lord. All You Christians tell everyone you know about Jesus, be bold, testify about what He's done in your life, the world needs to hear about Jesus!!!

    The Lord laughs at the wicked, because He knows their day is coming.

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