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April 18th, 2021

crosswalk 2021Participants in the CrossWalk ’21 make their way down Kansas Avenue Friday against some winds in excess of 30 miles per hour. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Every Good Friday, a group of people can be seen carrying a cross down Liberal’s Kansas Avenue.

This year’s Good Friday saw a similar group of people carrying the cross from the Walmart Supercenter on the north end of town to the Southgate Mall at the south end of Liberal, a distance of about four miles.

The group is made up mostly of members of New Beginnings Church, and the act of carrying the cross is meant as a reminder for Christians to “take up their cross daily.”

Friday’s walk was met with winds out of the south, leaving those taking part in “CrossWalk ’21” walking against winds, some in excess of 30 miles per hour.

Despite this, NBC Pastor Kevin Alexander said everyone involved put in the effort to get the cross across town.

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“It was different Friday with the wind,” he said. “It was difficult, but it’s a honor to do.”

With Good Friday falling two days before Easter Sunday, Alexander said this year’s CrossWalk offered more than its usual reminder, saying the walk brought a message of hope to what, at this moment, may seem like a dark world.

“So much of the world, we hear there’s no hope with COVID and social injustice,” he said. “There’s hope. It’s only found in Jesus, and He’s the only one who can offer real hope.”

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