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Two women ask a simple question: 'Need prayer?' Now prayer tents are springing up

Carmen George, The Fresno Bee on

Published in Religious News

"This is what Jesus would be doing," Crowder says. "He's not going to be sitting in a pew in church every Sunday."

La Salle says she's frustrated that more Christians don't venture out from behind the walls of their churches to help people, but says she's seeing a change.

"There's something that God is going to do in this city that's going to change the identity of Fresno," La Salle says. "It's not just people like me and Linda on the streets. There are a bunch of us doing stuff now. We're connecting with a lot of ministries now."

Among the people La Salle and Crowder prayed with on Friday was Chasity Barajas, who pulled her car over to "see if this is real."

The 25-year-old talked with the women about how her stepfather has cancer, and how the father of her young children abused her and is now in prison.

La Salle asked her to let of go of "guilt, shame, anxiety and fear" and to repeat, "Father, thank you, that you have not given up on me. That you are for me."

"My hands are lifting up," Barajas says during the prayer. "Why does that happen?"


"The lightness," La Salle answers with a smile. "He takes the burden off."

"I felt like something ugly off my shoulders ... I feel better now," Barajas says, "I feel better."

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