Lafayette, La. - March 14, 2020 was the day Louisiana saw its first COVID-19 death. Today, the governor declared a state-wide day of prayer in remembrance of all the lives lost during the pandemic.
"I definitely think that says a lot about our governor and I thank god for him declaring this a state-wide day of prayer," said Lawrence Levy III, a pastor at Freedom World Ministries.
Levy says the pandemic has, at times, made his job as a pastor difficult having to uplift the community while honoring those who have died from COVID-19. "It has been very very challenging because it’s a reality. The pandemic is a reality, it’s not a fictitious situation. We’re dealing with a real one, people have lost loved ones, people have gotten sick, people have lost jobs," he said.
For Abram Freeman, a pastor at Acts of Love Christian Fellowship, he’s educated the public while keeping faith over the past year. "We’ve tried everything that we could to try to educate people on the importance of taking the vaccine. If not for themselves, for their neighbors, their family and their friends who may be at risk," Freeman said.
Freeman is calling on all pastors and those in the community to continue remembering COVID-19 victims today and everyday after. "Say a special prayer for those who have lost their lives and for the families of those who may in the future lose theirs."
Levy offered words of encouragement for the community. "In the midst of the dark side of life which is death, which is sickness, which is sometimes the loss of jobs. Many people have become homeless due to this pandemic but in the midst of it all, there’s a brighter day."