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Mission Mississippi makes Corinth stop
by Steve Beavers
Sep 23, 2013 | 252 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mission isn't complete.

The effort to promote racial unity through Jesus is an ongoing effort.

Mission Mississippi made its stop in the county on Sunday as part of its "Mississippi Glowing for Christ" trek across the state. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the organization is making its way to all 82 counties in the state.

On Sunday, local individuals came together as a show of unity for the cause.

"It was a great event," local Mission Mississippi chapter facilitator Bobby Capps. "In a big picture, what Mission Mississippi is doing is saying what happened on Calvary makes us all equal through Jesus … it doesn't matter whether we are black, white or yellow, we are all part of the same family in Christ."

According to Capps, around 75 attended the event on the steps of the Alcorn County Courthouse.

Rev. Christopher Traylor with Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church led the group in a devotion following opening remarks by Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin.

Members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) are responsible for caring the six-foot lighted cross from county to county.

"The South has a lot of painful stories," said Capps. "Mission Mississippi opens all of our understanding and allows us to have conversations with one another … it's very helpful to the community and myself."

Mission Mississippi's celebration services are being held to not only bring people together of different races, but also different denominations to celebrate racial reconciliation and healing.

The journey of the lighted cross, which began on Aug. 7 on the steps of the State Capitol Building, is a symbol of unity being promoted during Mission Mississippi's anniversary.

Capps said around 150 people attended the event in Iuka prior to the cross being handed off to FCA students in Alcorn County.

Services were held in Booneville Monday before the cross made its way to Tupelo. The celebration will culminate on Oct. 27 with a worship service at Mississippi Memorial Stadium.

Mission Mississippi board member Lee Paris hopes the cross is a reminder for people as it makes its way across the state.

"We hope each one who sees it will commit or recommit their lives in an effort to follow Jesus," said Paris.
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