Kinder pastor draws chalk mural for Christmas

By Crystal Price - bio | email

KINDER, LA (KPLC) -  A pastor from Kinder, Louisiana is using his chalk art talents to speak to the community this Christmas season.

Pastor Jerry Long of Green Oak Bible Church in Kinder has drawn a 6 feet high Cajun chalk mural for the church's annual Christmas program.

The pastor draws a different chalk mural every year for the program. Long uses regular chalk, fluorescent chalk, and invisible chalk to create a mural that tells the Christmas story.

The chalk artist breaks the mural up in to sections that light up one at a time with each song the choir sings throughout the program.

"It's just something I felt like I needed to do," said Jerry Long, pastor of Green Oak Bible Church. "I felt led to draw attention to what Christmas is really all about through my drawings."

Community members said the spiritual images conveyed a strong Christmas image to the audience.

"I like how you don't get the whole story at once," said Mila Chesson, a church member at Green Oak Bible Church. "That's similar to how you don't get God's whole story at once."

Long also added Cajun images to the mural that caught the attention of several spectators in the audience.

"He drew a lot of water fowl and alligators in the painting. That's what we're all about in this part of the country," said Lynn Chesson, a church member of Green Oak Bible Church.

Pastor Long added that his annual mural attracts folks from all over Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. The church's final Christmas performance for this year is December 5th at 7 p.m. at Green Oak Bible Church in Kinder.

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