Over the weekend, Christians in Cary, NC, gathered together to wash the feet of black protestors and faith leaders.
“We really need to have action now, not just prayer,” said Shara Chalmers of Love Wins Ministry. “It was an incredible movement of unity and there was such a presence of Jesus.”
Shara and her husband Daniel are traveling preachers with Love Wins Ministry who were in Ashville when George Floyd was killed. According to CBN, she received a vision from God that sparked the idea to offer foot washing.
“I was distraught and kept having visions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the unity walk that he did, linking arms, brother to brother as they sang in the streets of Washington, DC, ‘We Shall Overcome,’” she said.
“The Lord said, ‘I want a unity walk but I want you to call Dr. Faith Wokoma,” she also said.
At Legacy Center Church with her husband Pastor Soboma Wokoma, Dr. Faith Wokoma was already working on an event to promote racial reconciliation.
“The Lord put on my husband and my heart to serve her vision,” Shara said.
While protestors peacefully marched alongside the foot washing, they sang “We Shall Overcome” and “Amazing Grace.” Joining the protestors were police chiefs from the towns of Morrisville, Apex, and Cary, as well as Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.
“Two Christian police chiefs wanted to be part of the foot washing and Dr. Faith chose to do it at the steps of the police station,” Shara said, “as a prophetic sign that authority and those in leadership will model what Jesus did, which was servant leadership.”
In the wake of the growing protests for race reconciliation, Shara encouraged the church to keep fighting the good fight.
“This is the church’s greatest hour,” she said. “We cannot miss our moment to become the answer to ending slavery, which is love. Serving our brothers and sisters feet—standing in the gap when there are police officers. We have to arise and shine and model the message.”
Black Christians agree. Pastor Tyler Burns of the Pass the Mic podcast recently said, “It is not enough for us to simply say nice things at this moment. Black people are tired and we’re going to continue. That’s just the history of who we are. But we cannot do this alone. It’s impossible for us to do this alone. And so we need co-laborers and we need allies.”
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.