Trek of glowing cross at heart of young people’s mission

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You may have seen a small group of young people running through New Albany Monday, carrying a lighted wooden cross.
They are local volunteers, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, participating in the Glowing for Christ project.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Mission Mississippi and the year-long celebration will culminate in a Reconciliation in Christ Rally at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Leading up to that, a lighted cross began a journey Aug. 7 that was to wind its way across Mississippi, going through all 82 counties in the 82 days leading up to the Celebration Rally. The cross was lit on the steps of the State Capitol where the Board of Mission Mississippi took it and walked the cross to the bridge on Silas Brown Street leading into Rankin County.
A diverse group of student athletes from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Rankin County met them and picked up the cross, beginning the trek to pass the cross from county to county.
Every evening, the cross travels to a pre-determined location in the county seat where participants expect believers to gather together for a season of prayer and a celebration of unity in Christ, crossing racial and denominational divisions. They say it is their prayer that the cross and these expressions of unity will glorify their Lord and draw those who see this to Him.
The gathering in Union County was at 7 p.m. Monday on the courthouse lawn.
At the conclusion of the 82-day trek through Mississippi, the cross will be carried into the stadium in Jackson on Oct. 27. For more information go to