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Omaha churches unite to pray for justice

Residents across the United States come together for prayer along Martin Luther King Jr. streets or memorials.
Posted at 10:50 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 23:50:18-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It’s a stand in solidarity against all injustices, something Dr. Martin Williams says was the real vision of Martin Luther King Junior.

"The power of the unity among churches, among skin colors, among races, among a lot of myriad of beliefs... the power in that unity says what it says," Dr. Martin Williams of Ambassadors Worship Center explains. "It says that we are united around one big idea and that Jesus is Lord and when anytime we come to Him and just say we repent, he heals us.”

Dr. Williams added they want this unity to spread across the world.

Elly Heckle, an event organizer, says the Pray on MLK is also a way to bring local churches together to connect in prayer.

"We believe that there is a cry for justice that has risen from our nation and we are just going to stand together in unity," Elly said.

Dozens gathered at the intersection of 24th and Lake street, a Martin Luther King Junior memorial.

Terri Kohl, a Council Bluffs resident, says MLK’s dreams was a dream of God.

"We’re here to see Him bring healing and turn pain into joy and violence into peace and so we know He can do that," Kohl said.

Justin Heckle, a local musician, says he hopes the event is a catalyst for healing.

He believes people can find the answers to many of the world’s injustices through faith and music.

“The language we use causes more problems with each other rather than bringing us closer togethe," Justin said. "This is just something where it’s saying lets just go back to faith and to some of the basic things that we all feel and need.”