From press and staff reports
A six-foot lighted cross being carried across the state by Mission Mississippi to promote unity and reconciliation will arrive in Winston County this Sunday.
The cross is began its journey on Aug. 7 and will travel through all 82 counties in Mississippi. The celebration visit and walk across the county is intended to bring people together of different races and denominations to celebrate racial reconciliation and healing.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has joined with Mission Mississippi in the project to ensure the cross and carried through each county.
On Sunday, September 8, the FCA members from Winston Academy will walk/run the cross starting at 11:30 a.m. on the county line with Oktibbeha as WA FCA students receive the cross from Oktibbeha County Schools FCA representatives. The Winston Academy FCA students will carry the cross for 10 miles to Evergreen Baptist Church. The Louisville High School FCA will receive the cross at 2 p.m. at the church down Main Street past the monument and down Highway 15 to the Way Community Church for a total of 11 miles.
A Celebration service of the county receiving the cross will be held at the Way Community Church at 6 p.m. Sunday night.
The following morning on Monday, Sept. 9 the Noxapater High School FCA members will carry the cross from the Way Community Church to Russell Road. At Russell Road, the Nanih Waiya FCA will receive the cross and carry it from Russell Road to Shiloh Store where Neshoba county FCA representatives will receive the cross.
The public is invited to join the walk, the celebration service and cheer on the FCA students as they move the cross across the county. Law enforcement will provide an escort for the students during the full journey.
“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 Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi. “We want to invite Mississippians to follow the cross as it comes through their county, participate in the planned celebrations and 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.”
A complete schedule of the 82-day trip around the state and opportunities for participation can be found at the Mission Mississippi website.
The cross’s journey is to honor the birthday of Mission Mississippi, a group founded in Jackson in August 1993 with the goal of transforming the state through its message of unity between the races.
October 27, 2013 Marks the 20th Anniversary of Mission Mississippi. The cross was designed by Nissan to be lightweight and lighted. A closing rally for the cross crossing the state will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 5:00 PM October 27 and every county is invited and encouraged to attend.