Faith leaders hold prayer vigil for immigrants and refugees

Over 100 people attended the Church of the Ascension in Frankfort, Kentucky to pray for families separated at the border.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Faith leaders were delighted to see hundreds praying for families seeking refuge at the Church of the Ascension in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Among them were Reina Diaz-Dempsey from Honduras, Raquel Valles from Mexico and Alda Diaz from Honduras.

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“There’s borders and there’s laws and we understand all that. Really, what we’re here to pray for is the humane treatment of our fellow human beings,” said Diaz-Dempsey.

The temporary congregation sang, prayed and spoke in support of the immigrant community they believe is being mistreated while trying to enter the country.

“Certainly our priority is to apply our gospel teachings, our faith teachings to the situation at hand and to not let up pressure to our government to do the right thing and help unify families that have been separated,” said Bishop John Stowe.

Faith leaders also handed out action steps to encourage those in attendance to look into other ways to take action.

“This is not the way that we would like to be seen as a people. This is not how we think of ourselves,” Bishop Provisional Mark Van Koevering said about the situation at the border.