OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – With voices lifted high and walking hand in hand residents hit the streets of Opelousas to pray and ask for unity in the community.
Thursday residents flooded the streets of Opelousas to pray for the 2nd annual Unity in the Community Prayer Walk.
Alderwoman Sherell Roberts said residents are eager for change.
“I was at work one day and the customers came in and said well Mrs. Sherell you know we are not praying enough in Opelousas, so I say okay we’re going to get together and we’re going to pray.”
Roberts said the citizens of Opelousas need to stand together in order to unify the community.
“It takes unity in order for the community to grow. If everybody is against each other and fighting and bickering we can’t accomplish anything.”
The prayer walk encourages anyone, regardless of religion or race, to come together for one goal.
“We’ve got all denominations here we’ve got ministers from all over the city and even outside the city so I think this is just wonderful,” said Mayor Reginald Tatum.
Mayor Reginald Tatum said Opelousas needs to bring prayer back to the community.
“We’ve taken prayer out of school’s, we’ve taken prayer out of government and it’s time to put it back.”
Tatum said he hopes other communities follow in Opelousas’s footsteps.
“We started in Opelousas but we want it to spread everywhere. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every city in Louisiana could take prayer to the streets? This could start something here and spread all over the state and even all over the country.”