FRANKLIN COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A large group of people from numerous churches took part in an event called Rally 4 Winnsboro, which was a prayer rally/walk designed to bring people together, Sunday afternoon.
Organizers said in light of the election season and the recent East Texas rallies held by the Democratic and Republican parties, they wanted Rally 4 Winnsboro to bring people together and bring a sense of unity to the community. Organizers said it was their first-ever prayer walk.
Participants held signs and filled the downtown Winnsboro streets. Organizer and Pastor for First Baptist Church, David Rose explains the importance of the event.
“As we got as close as possible to the election to have a time where we could visibly together walk the city and pray the city and that’s what we’re doing today. It’s a time of sharing and praying for one another and praying for racial groups in town, praying for racial harmony, praying for our schools, our law enforcement. So, we’re calling it a rally for Winnsboro prayer walk.”
The prayer walk started Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Winnsboro and ended at Martin Luther King Park. Participant, Nub Brown says he’s glad he took part in the walk.
“It just brings me joy, again it reminds me of all the different churches that are taken part of this rally. We’ve got so much more in common than we do different, it just brings me joy to see people come together for a good cause.”
As participants made their way to the park, every block, Pastors from participating churches would pray for families, businesses, the community, law enforcement, and more. Participant and Pastor for Faith Building Ministries, Gregory Duffey describes what the walk meant for him.
“That’s what I saw, a piece of heaven here on earth. It was at the right time, because the season was great, even the whole atmosphere was great.”
The churches that took part in Sunday’s prayer walk included First Baptist, Pine Street Baptist, First United Methodist, Grace Fellowship, Walnut Street Baptist, Winnsboro Church of Christ, Central Christian Church, Faith Building Ministries, Crossroads Baptist Church, and Freedom Church.
Rose says the goal of this prayer walk is to make a difference for his community and influence others to host their own walk in their communities.