NEW IBERIA, La. (KLFY) – Local churches are speaking up and stepping out into the streets of NewIberia to help fight crime and unite the community through prayer.
“The time has come for us to get out in the community, for the community to know we’re here for them, and we’re here to help them,” said Pastor Mitchell.
Word of Hope Pastor Zack Mithcell said high crime in New Iberia has become a concern for many in the community.
“A lot of violence, some homicides, armed robberies, etc. and we feel that we need to do something about this.”
Over 20 pastors and five Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputies will be participating in a series of prayer walks. Fellowship Full Gospel Ministries Pastor Charles Banks said their goal is to bring the church to the community.
“We want to just reach out to the community and pray with them and talk with them. We’re not here to take them to jail or anything we just want to show them, love.”
Banks said several neighborhoods in the city are in need of guidance.
“We want to go out there and offer them salvation you know, whatever we need to do to pray with them, whatever we can do to brighten their life up that’s what we are here for.”
Mitchell said he hopes the prayer walks inspire change in the community.
“We’re looking for this community to change and we know it will. It’s a massive problem but we have a massive God that can take care of it.”
The first prayer walk is set for October 29th.