Friday, September 7, 2012
Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants plan to cycle across America to show the love of Christ while pastor carries a cross
Called Cycle CROSS America, it starts in Santa Monic, CA, and ends in Jacksonville, FL
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (ANS) -- New Life City Church is often referred to as “The Church on the Wall” as it is located on the main Dividing Wall in Belfast; it's a church that not only reaches out to both sides of the wall, but to the entire City of Belfast and beyond.
“New Life City Church is a large warehouse that literally straddles the 20 foot concrete dividing wall in Belfast, with the building on one side and half on the other side,” McKee explained. “We have people coming to church from both sides.
“My life has been threatened several times and I've been shot at numerous times. I've even had my car bombed and destroyed. Our home has been attacked at 3.30 in the morning while my wife and I were in bed.”
Yet despite all of this, Pastor McKee, who has many times risked his life as has a peacemaker during the “troubles” in Northern Ireland that claimed so many lives from both sides of the divide, has told the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) that he is bringing four cyclists to the US; two from the Catholic side of the wall and two from the Protestant side.
“We will launch the cycle part of the trip from Santa Monica Beach in Southern California on Saturday, September 22 at 11 am. At 2 pm I will do a Cross Walk along most of Sunset Blvd where Arthur Blessitt started out in the 1960's (I brought Arthur to Belfast in June 2011 and walked with him through Belfast). I will do several Cross Walks in cities across America while the lads are cycling.”
“Cycle CROSS America will highlight the need for these walls to come down and will encourage Americans to support our efforts in building good neighbor relations that will lead to the pulling down of these walls.”
As part of Cycle CROSS America, and using the same cross he has carried before, Jack McKee will do a “Cross Walk” in several cities across America. These will include Los Angeles, along the length of Sunset Blvd, and then possibly Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; San Antonio, TX; Alto, TX; New Orleans, LA; Jacksonville, FL, and the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC (other places will be added).
In Washington, DC, McKee and the entire Cycle Team will be escorted by “Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry” through Washington DC to an event called CUv@ the CROSS (www.cuatthecross.com) when Jack McKee will do a final Cross Walk close to the White House (exact spot to be confirmed).
In 2009, with the same cross, he did a 40 Day Cross Vigil while standing between the main dividing gates in this same dividing wall for three hours each day. This year, 2012, Jack and several other men will again stand between these same gates for another 40 days with the same cross to promote peace between the divided communities.
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