A cross is silhouetted over U.S. 60 in Texas County as the sun rises on Good Friday in 2018 for the annual Carry the Cross event. 

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For the ninth consecutive year, believers in Texas County will join an effort across Missouri to share their faith on Good Friday.

“Carry the Cross” unites area Christians to stand alongside U.S. 63 from 7-11 a.m. April 10 as witnesses for Christ. More than 1,200 people participated last year as 209 life-size crosses covered nearly every quarter- mile from west of Cabool to the Texas County line north of Licking.

“The purpose of Carry the Cross is about one man, Jesus Christ,” said Pastor David Craig, founder of Carry the Cross. “Our nation needs a revival and we can create one in Missouri that will benefit not only the United States of America, but the whole world. Not all are preachers, not all are teachers. But all believers are called to be a witness.”

Participants in Texas County will join other Christians across the state as they stand with 10-foot crosses for four hours on Good Friday. The crosses, made of PVC pipe, will be provided to those who participate. Locations are assigned by the Houston Ministerial Alliance, which coordinates the effort in the county.

The morning kicks off with at 6 a.m. a rally inside Hiett Gymnasium. It includes worship, instructions for the day, group photo and a brief message. Participants then go to their assigned location, where the cross will be dropped off. It will also be picked up.

Carry The Cross T-shirts are available to purchase for $12 in sizes youth small through adult 5XL. They can be purchased through area churches as well as 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at First Baptist Church of Houston. Proceeds assist with costs for the event as well as assist local ministries supported by the ministerial alliance.

To sign up for a location or for more information, visit I Will Carry The Cross on Facebook or call the FBC church office at 417-967-2297.


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