NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A local pastor is using non-violent ways to protest violence in our communities.
Raymond Porter is the pastor of the Church After God’s Own Heart.
On Tuesday, he stood under the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument in Norfolk, urging peace and unity.
“There’s so much bad news going on in America. I’m here to tell America the good news. That God loves America. I’m tired of people bad mouthing America,” he said.
So Porter stood with a sign and American flag in hand waving to passing cars.
He preached his message in the blazing heat, but it was his unseen suffering that was also admirable.
Porter says he’s been on a hunger strike for 33 days.
“I’m holding up pretty good. I’m going to go till I can’t go no more,” he said.
Porter says he’s on the hunger strike because fasting is one of the greatest weapons to use in summoning God’s grace and power.
He’s hoping to help spread that across country, so he’s going on a nationwide tour through 48 states.
“Every state capital, we’ll be there calling on President Donald Trump to bring unity to America. We’ll be calling on lawmakers to ban the automatic assault weapons that’s wrecking havoc all across the land,” he said.
Porter says he will be at the monument every morning until his trip starts on July 9.
His first stop is Richmond, Virginia.
If you’d like to follow his progress, click here.