Pick up your cross; literally

Take up your cross and follow me. Those were Jesus’s words to his disciples, and while it is a figurative statement, we saw the literal manifestation of that in the Capital City over the past few days.

Belmopan residents may have seen different people pulling a cross on the streets of the Capital City over the past few days.

Erick Smith from Texas says that this is his call and ministry, and it is something he has been doing on and off for the past six years.


vlcsnap-2014-10-18-10h46m10s225Erick Smith

“About six years ago I felt like God spoke to my heart, and asked me to build a cross and start walking around.

The simple purpose is to walk around and tell people that God loves you, and He cares about you so much that He sent His Son Jesus, to die on the cross to take away all the sins you’ve committed, and all the sins that have been committed against you.  He took it away when He was nailed to this cross.

It’s basically like a big sign that God has come, and everyone wants to know, ‘What is this cross for?’  And then we tell then the story of Jesus, and how He gave his life.”


Along with  Erick Smith is David Washburn, also from Texas.

He told us why he is a part of this ministry.


vlcsnap-2014-10-18-10h54m33s191David Wahburn

“I met Erick about four years ago.  We live in the same city.  I moved to Waco, Texas, where he lived.  He was on staff at the church that I was going to.  So I got to know him a little bit, and I heard that he walked the cross a lot in our own city.

So he invited me one day, and I just started the journey of walking the cross with him.  It just is something I love to do.  I love to share the Gospel, and it’s just a fun opportunity, and he’s really funny and fun.

He asked me if I wanted to go to Belize.  I prayed about it, and God opened some doors to let me to come, and to be here for about a week, and so I said ‘Yes.’ 

Not only are the people of Belize really nice, they’re really kind, but so many  people have stopped their car, just to say ‘Hey. Keep up the good work.  You’re doing a good job’ or to stop and say ‘Hey, tell us about this.  What does this mean?’ 

So I would say 80 to 90 per-cent of the responses have been really good, people wanting to know ‘What is this for?’ or ‘ Why do you do this?’  And then we get to share the Gospel with them.  It’s been really fun!”

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