Community raises 120-foot cross over I-20 near Rayville
Members of the community came together to raise a 120 foot cross over Interstate 20 near the Rayville exit on Wednesday.
The project was started by Timmie Ray Thames of Rayville. His daughter, Hannah Allen, said Thames felt called by God to build the cross after he was inspired while sitting on his porch.
"He saw electricity wires come together in a cross, and he thought about how that really brought him peace," she said. "And it hit him and he said, 'I want to build a big cross.'"
Thames passed in August, but Allen said the community came together to help see the vision through.
She said the land the cross stands on was donated, and she estimates they recieved around $200,000 in donations for the project.
Contractor Mike Rozier, who has experience raising giant crosses, said he was glad to be able to work on the project.
"It reminds me of what Jesus Christ did on the cross for you and I and it also reminds me of Jesus rising from the grave," said Rozier.
Allen said seeing the project completed is bittersweet, but she said she knows that her father is still with her and that he would be proud.
"And knowing that my dad had a small part in it. That he listened to the Lord and really went ahead with it when he had a lot of obstacles, when he had a lot of opposition, that he pushed through," she said. "There's a very peace and I'm very proud at this moment."