Eternal Life Harvest Center hosts prayer walk following officer-involved shooting at Austin-East

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville community is continuing to respond following an officer-involved shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.

Eternal Life Harvest Center spent Sunday afternoon hosting a prayer walk in response to the shooting.

People were able to walk from the center to Austin-East. Eternal Life Harvest Center has seen numbers for the walking group in the past week since a deadly officer-involved shooting at the high school.

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“I’m asking for God’s protection,” said Stanford Dixon as he walked and prayed. “I’m asking for those who don’t, to know Him, (and) to get the opportunity to know him.”

Dixon knows it’s his walk in faith that will help lift the spirits of others.

“It’s a great thing for them to be able to see that they have someone who is willing to stand up, and in the time that we’re living in, it’s great because it also gives them something to look forward to doing in their lives.” he explained.

With Bibles in hand, Dixon and other members of the community walked and prayed on the streets of Martin Luther King Junior Ave.

“We are the people to be in this community, placed in this community, to show others that someone actually cares for their souls and that’s a good thing,” said Eternal Life Harvest Center leader, Shernora Rogers.

Kelvin Edwards was one of those souls that needed healing.

“I just need a blessing because it’s crazy out here,” he said. “The devil’s working. I don’t want the devil in me, I want the Lord in me.”

After picking up a few extra community members, the group stopped at Austin East High School to say a prayer.

Rogers said they’re doing this prayer march, “just to speak a blessing over our community and also to tell the devil we ain’t got time for you no more.”

It’s these few moments out of Dixon’s day that he hopes will help others,

“There’s nothing that God can’t do,” Dixon said. “There’s nothing that He can’t help you through. Allow him to love you, and allow the people who are coming to support you, allow them to love on you, and through it all, with the help of God, you’ll get through it.”

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