Pastor’s ‘Walk for Christ’ three-year total tops $50k

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The Rev. Jim Cross’s third annual Walk for Christ raised $21,510 for causes beyond the churches where he serves as pastor, Ashdown and Richmond in the Southwest District. His previous walks in 2013 and 2014 raised $30,000, bringing the total to over $50,000 in three years.

Cross walked 30 miles on April 11, with some church members, young and old, joining him for encouragement on portions of the route. Each year church members and people from the community gather at the Ashdown High School track and football field to greet him at the walk’s end. Activities at the field, including games, bounce houses, a bake sale and a fish fry, help with the fundraising. Local businesses and the Ashdown fourth grade class also held fundraisers to add to the walk’s total.

This year’s total was divided equally among six organizations: Relay for Life (battle against cancer in memory of Garlene Cross, Pastor Jim’s mother); scholarships for Ashdown High School Seniors who have struggled with medical issues, in memory of Jalen Lewis; UMCOR Sager Brown’s new dorm for workers who travel there to help prepare relief supplies for distribution; Medical expenses for Brandon Cramer, a local teen recovering from a serious automobile accident; a new pavilion for Ashdown’s LF Henderson School; and new turf for the Ashdown High School football field. Several of these charities are repeat recipients from the two previous years’ efforts.

The walk is expressly for raising money for needs outside the church, and Cross hopes that it encourages people to become active in their local communities and shine a light on local needs. He receives inspiration from Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The motto of the walk has become “Together, we can make an IMPACT!”