Iberville Parish pastors go to jail for a good cause

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 4:37pm

Several Iberville Parish pastors were arrested Friday, and their charges are caring for others in the community.

"It's not just the support. It's the public awareness, and what better way to cause awareness then to have a bunch of preachers and public officials to go to jail," Reverend Lee Wesley said.

Wesley, along with eleven of his fellow pastors, wanted to help make a difference, and what better way than to go to jail and use the bond money to support breast cancer awareness.

"We're excited because it's for a good cause, and we think because what we're doing others will come aware and also become supportive," Wesley said.

Gwendolyn Calloway and Perry Cole are members of the Greater St. Mary Baptist Church said they were shocked when they heard the news.

"We were startled at first until we found out it was for a worthy cause," Calloway said.

"We're here to support our pastor after having members of our church to survive cancer and some that we lost to," Cole said. "We're here to supporter the Iberville Parish Ministers Conference by bonding our pastor out of jail."

The pastors teamed up with the Brett Stassi, Iberville Parish sheriff, and other public officials to support an organization called Sisters Supporting Sisters.

"If we could just make people think, did they take their mammogram this year?," Brett asserted. "Just make them more aware of the situation, and every little bit of money we can raise to help fight cancer is something we wanted to be for."

Wanda Washington is the president of Sisters Supporting Sisters of Baton Rouge, and Washington said, she is grateful.

"I got a phone call from Reverend Jordan, and he and I knew each other, and he told me what they were planning, and I was like this is the most unique idea I never heard of," Washington said. "It was just a joy to see them to go to such lengths to really bring a message home that's very needed."

The pastors raised more than $3,500. They said they plan on doing this next year, but on a bigger scale.

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