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Cross Walkers carry message of hope
The group are from the left, front: pastor Anthony Minter; back: David Smith, Reini Coetzee, Daniel Minter and Sivenkosi Mjoli.Photo: Lientjie Mentz

Five men are walking along the N1, from Cape Town to Musina, to bring a message of hope to South Africans.

The five, lead by Reini Coetzee, departed from Signal Hill in Cape Town on 18 September and reached the halfway mark, more or less, in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 11 November.

“It’s been a real tough journey,” said pastor Anthony Minter, who joined the Cross Walk for the first time this year.

“We had a short practice run in March, when we travelled from Gonubie in East London to Jeffreys Bay as part of Angus Buchan’s It’s Mighty Men-gathering. During this journey with the cross, we travelled 360 km in eight days, but did not walk so much as reach out to communities along the way,” he explained.

Coetzee, who has undertaken five Cross Walks, said one was carried along these journeys by faith in God.

“I had to leave my job because I could not get leave from my work for such a long time. I decided to do what I believe is the right thing – I received peace at the cross.”

They set the date for the Cross Walk in March and was delighted that everything worked out according to plan so that they could cross province borders after the heavy lockdown earlier this year.

Coetzee said they started every day in the faith that they would get a place to eat and stay.

“The biggest gift is faith in God. This journey is proof of God’s love for us.”

Minter travels along with a motorcycle and leads the way, praying for the group of walkers who take turns moving a huge cross. He also takes a leading role in preaching the Gospel wherever they get an opportunity.

“This nation needs healing, and the Gospel is the only way we can be healed,” said Minter.

Coetzee said they had a blessed time in Bloemfontein and arrangements were made to bring their family and loved ones for a quick visit.

“We are refreshed and ready for the 950 km ahead,” Minter said on Monday (16/11), when they started on the journey to the north from the House of Bread in Nelson Mandela Drive.

The group hope to reach Musina on 18 December, after which they will return home to Gonubie to spend Christmas with family and friends.

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