Religious leaders come together with a prayer breakfast - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Religious leaders come together with a prayer breakfast

LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton community came together Friday morning for what some say the city desperately needs right now…prayer.

The city wide prayer breakfast was held to help stop the violence in Lawton by also unifying and strategizing. Community leaders said Friday's event couldn't have come at a better time with all the recent violence we've had.

Police Chief James Smith gave words of inspiration; in order to have peace on the streets we have to have peace in our homes. This was something that everyone said today was the most important, that change can't happen in our community if change doesn't happen first at your home.

The focus of the prayer breakfast was Lawton's teens and young adults which is where Mayor Fred Fitch believes change in our community starts, focusing on and educating them.

"Give them the self esteem and the desire to change their ways and it's not just in those individuals, it has to be in their family too. Those things are being put in place in our community. It's just taking a lot of time to accomplish it."

Pastor Rodney Mitchell said if you have your religious leaders on the front line praying, it helps unify the whole community, which is something we desperately need right now, "Unfortunately, it does take a negative sometimes to mobilize people and move them in the right direction that we really should've been going the whole time, so it's kind of a wake up call."

Pastor William White said it's going take a group effort making sure they have the   opportunities and resources they need, "We have to leave this event and speak, talk and interact. Get to know young folks that don't have a father, grandfather or grandmother in their life and be there for them."

Fitch also said he thinks it's very tragic that so many families in our community don't have a good spiritual foundation and that's why bad things are happening today, because these people don't know any better. "We've got to change that but we can't change it with just a group of people like this. We've got to have faith in our lord so that we can work together, work with his guidance and make these things happen."

The next step will be a gang task force workshop orientation on April 11th. This workshop will focus on bringing members from all pillars of the community together to help turn things around.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Driver charged in smuggling-related deaths of 10 immigrants

    Driver charged in smuggling-related deaths of 10 immigrants

    Monday, July 24 2017 1:11 AM EDT2017-07-24 05:11:22 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 2:37 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:37:11 GMT

    Officials say nearly 20 other people rescued from the back of the rig early Sunday were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.

    Officials say nearly 20 other people rescued from the back of the rig early Sunday were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.

  • Girl's HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

    Girl's HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:15 AM EDT2017-07-24 08:15:34 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 2:36 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:36:55 GMT

    A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for 8 1/2 years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.

    A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for 8 1/2 years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.

  • Discover Oklahoma: Roger Miller Museum

    Discover Oklahoma: Roger Miller Museum

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:34:52 GMT

    He was a singer, songwriter, television star, Broadway composer, and one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons! And there’s a museum where you can learn more about this very talented individual. Erick, Oklahoma is the home of Roger Miller. In fact, they have the Roger Miller Museum. The museum is very much part of our history and the town is very proud to have so many artifacts that cover his amazing career. 

    He was a singer, songwriter, television star, Broadway composer, and one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons! And there’s a museum where you can learn more about this very talented individual. Erick, Oklahoma is the home of Roger Miller. In fact, they have the Roger Miller Museum. The museum is very much part of our history and the town is very proud to have so many artifacts that cover his amazing career. 

Powered by Frankly