Meridian Star

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September 3, 2013

Cross to stop in Meridian in 82-county tour

MERIDIAN —     On Sept. 15 a 6 foot lighted cross will travel to Meridian for a Celebration Service. The cross began its journey on Aug. 7 and will travel through all 82 counties in Mississippi.  

    The cross is being carried across the state as a symbol of unity and reconciliation and in celebration of Mission Mississippi’s 20th Anniversary. It is stopping in Meridian for a Celebration Service to bring people together of different races and denominations to celebrate racial reconciliation and healing.   

    The Celebration Service will take place at Lauderdale County Courthouse at 3 p.m. The public is invited to join in the celebration of 20 years of the work of Mission Mississippi in the area of racial reconciliation and healing by working to “Change Mississippi . . . One Relationship at a Time.”

    Bill Buckner, regional director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), is 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," Buckner 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.”

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) students will walk/run the cross through Lauderdale County. It will enter at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. As the cross enters the main street of Meridian, the public is invited to join in the walk.  

    Neddie Winters, president of Mission Mississippi, said, “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.  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.”

    Mission Mississippi Board Member Lee Paris said it was their prayer that in each location “Follow the Cross” will be emphasized in hopes that the cross will remind all who see it of the One who gave His life upon such an instrument for us, and that each would commit or recommit their lives in an effort to follow Him.  

    “In keeping with this theme, it is hoped that those across the state would “Follow the Cross” as it returns to Jackson and be a part of a Celebration and Worship on Oct. 27 that will include representatives from all 82 counties gathered to celebrate 20 years of reconciliation in Mississippi and an eternity of reconciliation in Christ,” Paris said.  

    In coming together around the Cross reliance is being made on Christ’s promise: “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”  John 12:32

    To view the 82-day schedule of counties for the cross, visit online at

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