Consecrate; 3 Cities, 40 Days

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Roger Lee and his merry band of preachers have a goal -- save local youths from "an unprecedented wave of evil and rage," he said.

The evil wave, Lee said, results in violence and immorality. While it may sound funny, Lee is not only deadly serious, he says he has statistics to back up his views.

He recently held an event, 40 Days of Prayer for Newtown, and violence fell sharply, Lee said.

"In the two months since the unified praying, there were no shootings," he added.

"Unified prayer works," Lee said. "The raw power of Jesus will work.

"I have met so many kids in bad situations; drugs, violence and gangs, and Jesus delivered them," he added. "Lives can be changed by the power of a relationship with Jesus."

Forty Days of Prayer for This Present Generation will start May 3.

According to Lee, more than 2,000 young people from 120 churches - - 40 places of worship in Venice, Bradenton and Sarasota -- will come together to "pray for the Lord's salvation and consecration of youths."

Each of the churches will bring their youth ministry together to host an evening of prayer on site.

There will also be a three day youth and young adult conference with biblical teaching, worship, ministry and a purity seminar from June 12-15.

Roger Shenk is the pastor at Bahia Vista Mennonite Church.

Young, hip -- a former professional musician -- Shenk agrees with Lee and fully supports 40 Days of Prayer.

The men met, Shenk said, when "Roger just walked in my office, no appointment, nothing.

"His message is that the larger church has to come together for prayer -- and I love that vision."

Shenk added that "churches in our community are often too divided. …