From Press, Staff Reports
Mission Mississippi will celebrate 20 years of unifying the Body of Christ across racial and denominational lines on Oct. 27.
The statewide celebration and worship will take place in Jackson State University’s Tiger Stadium, where Mission Mississippi had its beginnings in October, 1993.
Mission Mississippi board members expressed their desire to see the celebration of 20 years of racial reconciliation and healing take place in all 82 counties of Mississippi. In this moment, Mississippi Glowing for Christ — an 82-day journey and celebration, was birthed.
On Aug. 7, a battery-operated 6-foot cross designed by Nissan/Yates engineers will be lit on the steps of the state Capitol Building. The cross will then be carried to the Old Highway 80 Bridge connecting downtown Jackson to Rankin County.
Selected student athletes from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will take the cross and walk/run it through their county. It will make its initial stop for a time of worship, prayer and celebration on the steps of the Rankin County Courthouse in Brandon.
The following morning FCA runners will carry the cross to the Simpson County line and continue for the next 81 days, making stops in all Mississippi counties. The cross will pass through this area beginning Sept. 27. The area schedule is as follows:
• 7 a.m.-2 p.m.: West Point-Maben
• 2 p.m.: Celebration service in Maben
• 3-6 p.m.: Maben-Eupora
• 6-10 p.m.: Celebration service in Eupora
• 7-10 a.m.: Eupora-Stewart
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Stewart-Winona
• 7 p.m.: Celebration service in Winona
• 7 a.m.-4 p.m.: Winona-Slate Springs
• 4-6 p.m.: Slate Springs-Calhoun City
• 6 p.m.: Celebration service in Calhoun City
Highlights include passes through Scott Field in Starkville on Sept. 7 during the Alcorn State vs. Mississippi State football game and in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at the University of Mississippi on Oct. 12, the day of the Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game.
Vision of FCA
Bill Buckner, regional director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is excited to join with Mission Mississippi in the endeavor and said, “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. 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.”
Like the Olympic torch, the cross will triumphantly return to Jackson after its 82-day journey on Oct. 27 and enter the stadium to mark the start of the worship celebration.
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.”
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).”
For more information visit http://missionmississippi.com/20th-anniversary/