From staff and press reports
Athletes from Winston Academy, Louisville High School, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya took park in the Mississippi Glowing for Christ event Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.
The Winston Academy and Louisville High School students carried the cross from the Oktibbeha County line Sunday morning to the Way Community Church Sunday evening where a celebration service was held welcoming the cross and its message to the community.
The Noxapater and Nanih Waiya athletes carried the cross from The Way Monday morning to the Neshoba County line for the Neshoba athletes to carry through their county.
The event, sponsored by Mission Mississippi and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is taking a six-foot, lighted cross through all 82 counties in the state in 82 days.
Event organizers hope to bring together people of different races and denominations to celebrate racial reconciliation and healing.
Bill Buckner, a regional director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said he was excited to join with Mission Mississippi in the endeavor.
“Mississippi Glowing For Christ fits well with the vision of FCA; to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes, coaches and all whom they influence,” he said. “We are excited to partner with Mission Mississippi and take the cross to 82 counties. “When the Lord Jesus is lifted up He will draw all men to Himself.”
Mission Mississippi was started 20 years ago by a pair of Mississippi businessmen, one white and one black, who wanted to end racial divisions in the state. Mississippi Glowing for Christ is an extension of that desire.
The cross, fabricated by an employee at the Nissan plant, began its journey August 7 at the State Capitol and will ultimately end up in Clinton, at Memorial Stadium, Oct. 27.
“It is the prayer of FCA and Mission Mississippi that as the cross is greeted in each county, the time there will bring the Body of Christ in each county and community closer together,” said President of Mission Mississippi Neddie Winters. “We want to invite Mississippians unite with others at the statewide celebration and worship on Oct. 27. “Join with us in celebrating 20 years of ‘Changing Mississippi . . . One Relationship at a Time,’ and the unity we have as One in Christ.”