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Preachers of L.A. heading to Lake Charles

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The widow of the preacher shot to death in front of his congregation speaks out for the first time-- in part-- to save the church she says was her husband's dream and she's getting some national help.  The television show "Preachers of L.A." is coming to Lake charles.

"Last September my husband was murdered in the church," said Frances Harris, in her first interview since the killing of her husband.
Frances Harris and her children still suffer since the shooting death of her husband, pastor ronald harris, killed in front of his congregation during a revival at tabernacle of praise church.  
The church's congregation has dwindled to almost no one.

"It was a big tragedy and very, very hard for us, as a church body, to stay together," said Harris.

It was September 27 when the violence erupted forever changing the church.  But the new Pastor Harris is determined they will go on.

"He really loved this church and I'm sure he would want everything to go on," said Harris.

So, they're sprucing it up and getting ready because the Preachers of L.A. are coming  to help save the church and tell Harris's story on the Oxygen network.

"Bishop Noel Jones from Los Angeles California, the City of Refuge.  He's going to be here speaking on Monday night and Tuesday night.  The Oxygen producers are going to be here.  They are going to be videoing it.  It's going to be a live video for the next series of the Preachers of L.A.," said Harris.

Harris's attorney, Ron Richard, says the national coverage is a wonderful opportunity to promote healing and help the church move forward.

"This is a big deal bringing attention to a situation that one, was bad and horrible but at the same time, showing that it is safe to come back to this church.  This church is going to heal and go forward," said Richard.

And while there are souls to save there are also bills to pay.

The church has to pay the mortgage, has to pay the utility bills.  It's also about financial realities that have to be met and this is a wonderful way to help revitalize this church so that those obligations can be made so that this church can move forward.

The Preachers of L.A. plan to tell the story of Pastor Harris on Oxygen network on a date still to be announced.  

The services with Preachers of L.A. are next Monday and Tuesday nights at Tabernacle of Praise on Deshotel Lane off Opelousas.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the services are at 7:30 pm.

Woodrow Karey's trial is set for June 30th.

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