Severe weather and heavy rain on Saturday gave way to clear skies Sunday as the fifth annual Walk for Christ got underway in El Dorado.
The event, performed a week before Easter Sunday, is meant as a shout out to those who love Jesus.
“It’s a walk to say we’re not ashamed,” said Tammie Fitzgerald of Galilee Baptist Church.
Fitzgerald said she started the event to witness to those who may have questions about her faith.
Every year, the faithful gather at Northwest Village Shopping Center and pray before releasing balloons. This year, Chad White, pastor of Maverick Baptist Church, led the prayer.
Walk participants represented not only Galilee and Maverick churches, but also Parkers Chapel First Baptist Church and Lawson Baptist Church and several others.
“The event is non-denominational and is just us Christian soldiers,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said, over the past five years, the event has averaged about 120 participants who make the walk.
Members of the Parkers Chapel School Band led the procession as winds rippled Christian and American flags. Vehicles from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado Police Department escorted the group down North West Avenue as motorists looked on.
A 12-foot cross, made of western cedar wood, was carried by Jonathan Owens of Parkers Chapel as a reflection of the Procession to Calvary where Christ carried his cross to the Crucifixion. The weight is 48 pounds resting on the soldiers, said Fitzgerald. Joe and Leigh Glass, who carry the cross to Magnolia and Camden as a testament of their faith, donated the cross for the walk.
“We really want to make an impact and show Jesus in our lives and hearts and not on the Cross,” Fitzgerald said in reference to the Resurrection.
Brookshires Mac’s Fresh Market, Red Ball Oxygen, First Financial, Smackover State Bank and Bill Evans all helped sponsor the event.
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