By Hayley Wood
The Red River Crusade kicked off Sunday night at Red River High School churches from all over the parish gathered to praise the Lord. When the service started with a prayer from Shawn Beard and music from The Jason Lovin’s Band the crowd couldn’t help but join in and smile. Many ministry programs were there to spread their message and how their program helps others learn about Christ. The Men of Courage which started out of Bossier now host the men’s church, which is used to reach men, when the man in the family knows Christ there is a 95% that the whole family will grow to know Christ.
The message was given by John Strup who has a faith-based ministry out of Springville, Missouri, which reaches out to inmates to help them grow their faith while serving out their sentences. After they get out of jail the ministry connects the inmates to churches to keep them on the right track.
The Red River Crusade will continue through Thursday with food served at 5:30 followed by a message at 6:30. The event is free for all ages, and everyone is welcome to stop by and hear the message of God.
Early Monday morning on goers may have noticed the slow traffic on East Carroll Street. Starting at the courthouse the churches from all over prayed for Red River Parish and for the nation. They made their stops at the high school, city hall and then walked back to the courthouse through the heat.
Many of the pastors lead the group in prayer at every stop and prayed for the children going into the next school year. They thanked law enforcement for protecting them in the prayer walk and walking with them during the prayer. For those who missed the prayer walk you can come to the Red River Crusade held at the high school and enjoy the service.
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