GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The Gregg County Judge is requesting a community gathering to ask for help from what many East Texans consider to be the highest power, and the plan is to do it with prayer. And his request is spreading.
Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt has been speaking with area ministers about national events. Although one was held at the Gregg County courthouse at the end of May, he thinks it’s time for another prayer rally.
“We support our law enforcement, we support our first responders and we’re a community of one, and prayer is never bad,” Stoudt said.
He says the rally is about what’s going on nationally but also:
“It’s about the people that live in Gregg County. I mean, strife is all around the country. You’re seeing where people want to defund the police department. Here in Gregg County for sure, that just not something that’s even going to be contemplated. I’m just amazed at some of that,” Stoudt said.
Stoudt doesn’t want to see angry words thrown around.
“Peaceful discussions about differences of opinion is always welcome. But when you start turning it into things that are going on in this country, it’s just something I don’t want to see in Gregg County. I’ve gone to the ministers to say let’s have some prayer about this,” Stoudt said.
He says he’s spoken to about a hundred pastors about it.
“I know a number of them mentioned it in their congregations on Sunday,” Stoudt said.
He says it’s not just for church leaders, he’s reaching out to:
“All races and colors and creeds, and everyone to get together and let’s just do some praying,” Stoudt said.
Stoudt says churches bring people together to talk about the current situation, but this will bring together churches.
“I think this gives the opportunity from everybody from all communities to come together and visit. There’s one thing we’ve all got in common and that’s prayer,” Stoudt said.
The rally will at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27 at the Gregg County Courthouse. Stoudt said the program will last about an hour.