crosses of light
In June 2000, an amazing display of miracles manifested overnight in a
small 80-year old church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas - seven healing crosses
of light in seven windows in the Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church.
Many people around the world who have seen similar beautiful, shimmering
crosses of light report healing of some type - spiritual, emotional or
press in Pine Bluff and Little Rock covered the story extensively, and
the internet spread the news all over the world, drawing thousands of
people to see the crosses. I contacted Betty Foster in Pine Bluff, the
aunt of Brit Murray, the 12 year old boy who discovered the crosses in
the church. Betty said the windows had been in the church about 40 years
and there had been no crosses in them until June 2000. "To me,"
she explained, "they are signs from God. I feel everyone should see
them so I have been volunteering almost every day to help. It's so satisfying
to see people touched by their beauty."
Debra Long, a nurse in Pine Bluff, told me: "I took both my children
to see the crosses. I had lived near Los Angeles several years ago and
heard healing crosses had appeared in bathroom windows in nearby El Monte,
California, but I never went to see them because I didn't believe they
were real. When I heard they were in Pine Bluff where we lived now and
read about them and other miracles in the Share
International web page, I felt I must go see them in person.
"As a nurse who's seen everything, I believed I'd never be emotional
again over anything. How wrong could I be? The first one I saw took my
stomach on a rollercoaster ride and I ended up on my knees. Tears started
flowing from my eyes as I felt like a heavy warm coat was wrapped around
Lazeter Rayford, a Vietnam veteran, reported: "When I came home from
the war, I felt like a lost soul. I tried for many years to find my way.
In and out of depression, always searching for a way to make a living
and just as it seemed possible, something blocked my way. From continued
became a diabetic and sick. It seemed hopeless.
"Right after the war, I had applied for my veteran's benefits, which
should have given me $600 or $700 a month survival money, but somehow
the years, it never came although I asked again and again."
On my knees
"When the crosses came, I was one of the first to come see them and
I was so glad. I fell on my knees and gave thanks for them. I decided
to come to help show them every night the church was open because I didn't
want to leave them. I helped every night for six weeks, watching thousands
people, from drug addicts to old folks, from prostitutes to people who've
never been inside a church in their life, all of them happy to be there.
"I started feeling better and better and now I don't have to take
medication for my diabetes and I feel fine. But that's not the only good
happened to me. I got a letter from the United States Government. They
found my records recently and were writing to tell me I would get backpay
plus interest from the time the war was over. They were pleased to be
able to send me over $900,000, with an apology! I feel pretty good about
Crosses of light in windows of Arkansas church
photo: Isabel Carr
Source: Share International
from: Share International December 2000
Reprinted courtesy of © Share