KINGSTON, OK -- Leaders from a Tishomingo church found a different way to raise money for missionaries by pledging to walk 40 miles while bearing the weight of a 60 pound cross. As Kristen Shanahan shows us, group members made the 12 hour journey all on foot.
Daniel Pruett, Robert Jones, and Dustin Gaskey pushed through the pain and fought the cold letting nothing stop them from completing their 40 mile journey and carrying a cross all the way from Tishamingo to Durant.
"It's been very cold. We started at 5:20 this morning and we have about 12 miles to go," Pruett said.
Pruett, the youth pastor at the First Assembly of God in Tishomingo says they are making the long walk so others do not have to.
He says they are raising money for an organization called "Speed of Light", funds that will be used to buy vehicles and sound equipment for missionaries in foreign countries.
"What I hope is that people will have a desire to give to missionaries, and that's what this is all about because for one dollar you can reach four people overseas," Pruett said.
Pruett says he wanted to do something extravagant to help send a strong message not for himself, but for someone else.
"This is for God and it's to spread his message, and that's what the cross represents is his love and his message," Pruett said.
Jones says he decided to join in on the walk in hopes that their tired feet will in the end give relief to others.
"It's good to suffer for a good cause." Jones said. "It hurts, but it's got a good feeling to it."
Pruett and his crew say their Christmas wish is that their journey will inspire others to do something good for someone else.
"Reach out and try to help someone this year. Do something crazy awesome for somebody," Pruett said.
Pruett says so far they have raised about $1,000 dollars, but were hoping to raise a little more. If you would like to donate and support their cause you can send a donation to the church at:
P.O. Box 415
Tishomingo, Ok 73460
You can also contact them at 580-371-2112 or 918-859-7647.