By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
The group Mission Mississippi, partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, made its way to Maben last Friday afternoon.
FCA members are carrying a 6-foot cross on a nearly 2,500-mile walk across all 82 counties promoting racial and denominational reconciliation. The campaign is known as “Mississippi Glowing for Christ.”
A large crowd met them for the celebration service at W.O. “Bill” Shivers Park. Many people made short talks after Mayor Larry Pruitt welcomed the group.
Tillmon Calvert, one of the leaders of Mission Mississippi, gave an inspiring talk about the differences in when he was growing up in the ’50s and now. The West Point native is now an insurance agent in Tupelo.
The Rev. Rufus Harris, pastor of Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Maben, and the Revs. Andrew Green, minister of Maben Church of Christ, and Tony Green, minister of Okolona Church of Christ, all made inspiring remarks to the group.
The group was entertained by a beautiful musical played on the saxophone by Bobby McMullen, World Harvest minister.
After a most-inspiring talk by Shawn Nygard, minister of Midway Church of Christ, the cross and the group carrying it left for Eupora, Winona, Calhoun City and other stops along the way.
High school and college athletes have been taking turns walking and/or running the cross to its next stop. They are met at county lines by law enforcement officials giving them escort along the way to Jackson.
On Oct. 27 at 5 p.m., the cross will be placed at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Mission Mississippi officials hope people from all 82 counties will gather there for a statewide celebration and worship.