In the fall of 1984, the founder of the Easter Cross Witness traveled to Europe with his bride. He invited his parents to join them and asked them what places they would like to visit. His father’s request, having been in the Navy, was that they visit the Normandy American cemetery where thousands of Americans had given their lives. White crosses for as far as the eye could see stretched out before him, each marking the gravesite of a soldier who had fallen while fighting, confronting and ultimately defeating evil personified. It was a staggering, solemn sight.
The image of the morning was deeply impressed into his memory. For 20 years at Easter, he kept thinking about those crosses. He wondered if enough crosses could be placed identifying the home of a follower of Jesus Christ, and not a fallen soldier, could it change a community?
In the spring of 2005, he decided to stop thinking about it and take action. He invited three friends to breakfast and shared the vision with them. All attended different churches in his community. Six weeks after his breakfast, 6000 crosses were delivered to seven local churches who had decided to participate. The churches stood together in unity, celebrating and testifying to the Risen Lord; it impacted the community. As thousands of crosses went up, the Easter Cross Witness was born.
That was16 years ago. Since then, this witness has grown to hundreds of towns in almost 40 states with over 30 different denominations participating. The Easter Cross Witness seeks to be a catalyst for all the branches of the church to come together in unity to jointly testify to the single most important event in history. That event is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Cross Witness believes that celebrating this event together with joy will give those who participate in this witness an opportunity to share with others the hope that is within them.
Here in Coronado and Imperial Beach, you have and opportunity to be part of it. We invite you to place your cross in your yards or the window of your apartment, with the white, blank side of the cross facing out. Then Easter morning, April 12, turn your cross so that the words “He Is Risen” faces out.
What a powerful, yet simple, way to publicly testify your faith.
To receive a cross, please contact Gail Pedrotty at 619-435-3660 or Mandy Truesdale at 619-435-9999. You may also contact your local church. A $5 donation is suggested.