BULLARD - Some weeping, hundreds of people of all ages and faiths gathered in one accord in front of City Hall to pray for a missing 10-year-old girl Wednesday.
Churches throughout Bullard canceled Wednesday night activities so their members could attend a community prayer service for Kayla Gomez-Orozco.
She was last seen around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday attending a Spanish-speaking congregation’s service at Bullard First Assembly of God Church.
They prayed for Kayla and her family. They prayed for her church. The pastors also prayed for the community, for law enforcement officers working to find the girl and that the person or persons who took her will bring her back.
Waiting for the prayer service to start, Hazel Mason said, “I came to pray for Kayla. She lives up the road from my husband and I. I want her to be home and be safe. My heart breaks for her. I can’t believe it’s happened in Bullard, Texas.”
Arianne Mceachern, who lives across the street from the church where the girl disappeared, said, “We believe in the power of prayer and want to see her found.”
Barbara Graham said she came “to pray for this little girl’s safe return and for her family. I can’t imagine what her family is feeling right now.”
“Kayla is precious. She is a beautiful child inside and out. If you ever met her, you would never forget her,” said Margaret Curtis, who has known the girl since she was 2.
Jessica Fox, who took care of Kayla and helped her with her homework at an after-school day program at Gresham Heights Learning Academy, said Kayla “was one of the best students.”
Michael Nations, a teacher at Gresham Heights, said Kayla would help with anything the teachers needed help with.
Arriving for the prayer service, Terri Brown, a teacher who has children of her own, said she could not imagine what the girl’s parents are going through.
Scott Parish, pastor of Bullard Southern Baptist Church, cited scripture, saying, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress.” Acknowledging listeners have hearts broken, he prayed that the child would be found and brought home safely. The one thing that can make a difference is prayer, he said.
Josh Green, pastor of County Line Baptist Church, said he thought about his daughter who is not much older than Kayla and where he would go for comfort.
The scripture he clings to in a time like this says “God is a present help in trouble,” Green said.
“We have gathered with heavy hearts and great concern because we worry because most of us have children and we think of what it would be like if it were our child,” Green said. He prayed for comfort for Kayla’s family and that God would restore the family whole again.
Glenn Cogburn, pastor of Bullard Church of Christ, also prayed for God’s help for Kayla’s family in the atrocity. “All of our hearts are broken tonight,” he said. In God alone there is comfort and help, he added.
Other speakers included Scott Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church; Glenn Cogburn, pastor of Bullard Church of Church; David Brashear, pastor of Bullard First United Methodist Church and Wayne Tunnell, pastor of First Assembly of God.
At the conclusion of the service, there was time for the crowd to pray silently. Some in the crowd began softly singing “Amazing Grace” and “Praise God.” Then the crowd said the Lord’s Prayer in unison and dispersed.