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Pastor excited about Vice President Mike Pence’s planned visit

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 19:44:05-04

Friday, Vice President Mike Pence will visit with the leaders of the three burned St. Landry Parish churches.

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Pastor Gerald Toussaint said he is excited to meet Vice President Mike Pence. He also says he understands how important this visit is to continue shining light on all three churches burned in the parish.

“It gives me some encouragement knowing that the Vice President is coming just to see about us,” said Toussaint.

The pastor believes it’s a blessing that people want to continue learning about the burned churches.

“Our leadership in our country cares you know,” said Toussaint. “It just shows that he cares for him to come all the way to little ole’ Opelousas.”

Toussaint is hopeful he’ll have the opportunity to talk with Pence about the need to continue spreading love.

“It’s good to know that even our Vice President is coming to share with us,” Toussaint said. “I want to offer the ideas that we need to change the course of our country from the hatred to love.”

Preparing for the Vice President’s visit is a big job for area law enforcement.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says his department will help with traffic control.

“Security for a dignitary like this is a massive, massive endeavor,” said Guidroz. “I can see what the secret service goes through.”

The Sheriff says drivers should expect delays through the first half of the day on Friday.

“We’re going to make it as convenient as possible.We know people will have to go home. It should be midday or before, not to be too specific,” Guidroz said.

KATC will have team coverage of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit from the moment he lands at the airport until he takes off.