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Walt's Look Around: The cross of reconciliation

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is in the middle of an 82 day quest to carry a wooden cross to all 82 of the state's counties as a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Mission Mississippi. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is in the middle of an 82 day quest to carry a wooden cross to all 82 of the state's counties as a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Mission Mississippi.
"The Cross represents reconciliation," said Jenkins. "Represents the love of God. We have to understand that regardless of skin color, regardless of denomination, the Cross brings us all together. "The Cross represents reconciliation," said Jenkins. "Represents the love of God. We have to understand that regardless of skin color, regardless of denomination, the Cross brings us all together.
It's hot and lonely between towns. It's hot and lonely between towns.
SCOTT COUNTY/LEAKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is in the middle of an 82 day quest to carry a wooden cross to all 82 of the state's counties as a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Mission Mississippi. It's a long hot journey.    

Individual groups of students from various chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are taking part in the cross carrying quest. Pretty much students from a county carry it to their county line and hand it off to students from the next county.  

"I was thinking it's really hot because of the sun. It was burning." said Zack Hammons.

It's hot and lonely between towns. But Kiel Higginbotham with the Fellowship says carrying through the towns is fun.  

"When we came through Puckett, the entire small town had heard about it and heard that it was coming and had the school out by the high and the stores and the dentist off, had all gotten together and were cheering them on like a little parade came through town." 

This particular day a van-load of highs school-ers from Raleigh is relaying the Cross in one-mile increments up toward Scott county.

"Volunteered, you know," said Jordan Sims. "Anything you can do stuff for Christ you should want to do it."  

At Homewood, south of Forest, a couple of Milsaps students drove over to pick up the next four miles of the trek.

"People are taking the time to do this, so obviously it's worth something to them," said Jamie Page. 

"Brought me back to my roots of how I was brought up back in Baton Rouge Louisiana," said Margaret Eggers.

At the end of a day's journey there is a rally at the Courthouse, as the one in Carthage Thursday night. Mission Mississippi is in its 20th year of racial reconciliation through churches. And Thomas Jenkins and Lee Paris see the significance of a lighted cross being carried around Mississippi as a sign of that reconciliation. 

"The Cross represents reconciliation," said Jenkins. "Represents the love of God. We have to understand that regardless of skin color, regardless of denomination, the Cross brings us all together. It has nothing to do with race, it has nothing to do with denomination."

"A long time ago they used to burn that cross for a symbol of hatred," said Paris. "And we are lighting that cross as a symbol of love."

And in the process of carrying this cross of reconciliation, maybe the nation and the world will see Mississippi in a new light.  

The cross ends its journey at a big state-wide rally at Memorial Stadium in Jackson October 27.

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