Plans to build the tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere and second tallest cross in the world have been set into motion in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Christian Today reports that the massive cross is the brainchild of Pastor Rick Milby who was inspired when he saw a massive white cross at Sagemount Church when he traveled to Galveston, Texas.
Milby then had the idea to build a similar cross in Corpus Christi, a name which fittingly means “Body of Christ.”
"For the next several months God began speaking to my heart about erecting a mega cross in Corpus Christi," Milby said, according to the project's website.
The Corpus Christi Cross Project had its groundbreaking ceremony on January 31 at the Abundant Life Fellowship campus along Interstate 37 in Corpus Christi, Christian Today reports.
Milby says he met with Sagemont Church officials who “shared story after story about lives that were changed, suicides that were aborted, relationships that were restored because of the influence of the cross, reminding them that the Redeemer could restore their brokenness."
When completed, the Corpus Christi cross will be 210 feet high and 95 feet wide, and will be visible up to five miles away by land and 10 miles away by air.
"The cross is gonna be the second largest cross in the world,” said Milby. “The largest cross in the world is in Madrid, Spain. It's 495 feet tall. This cross will be the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.”
Publication date: February 9, 2016