Is an actual cross that I made on my first mission to Haiti. We were having revival and we would act out the message that was being preached. Each night the crowd grew and grew until the church was full and they were climbing through the windows to watch. On the last night, we were to show the life of Jesus from birth to crucifixtion...and we needed a cross. I walked along the mountainside that day and came across a large hole with two narrow branches covering it...Perfect for a cross! My host family soon found an electric cord from a trashed radio and tied them together. Using banana tree leaves, we then made the crown of thorns. A Haitian man recently saved, volunteered to be Jesus. And as we pretended to whip him and mock him, he dragged the cross throughout the graveled church for every eye to see. That night, many people came to the altar to pray. I was reminded how the Lord the year before had told me to carry a wooden cross through the middle of October Court Days Festival in my hometown. I wondered how i would feel, what people would say? I prayed and asked Jesus to let me feel what he felt . I wanted to realize the suffering he endured just so that i one day might be saved. As i began to walk, the Spirit prompted me to look everyone straight in the eye. Forcing them to make a decision...reverence and remember the cross or turn away ashamed. The sound of the cross dragging on the blacktop road gave warning to its passing and when i reached the final street, I hesitated in prayer. A brick paved alley lined with bars, people drinking, and a live outdoor band.."In the name of Jesus" i whispered and began to walk. The cross began to loudly echo its arrival and to my amazement..the band stopped playing, the crowd parted and cleared the street and they all stood by in complete silence until i had passed like God's hand parting the Red Sea! When i laid my cross down, i didn't feel shame or brokenness like i thought i would. But instead i felt like i had the strength of 10 men and could run to the top of the tallest mountain. And i asked the Lord, why didn't you let me feel some of your pain? That is when He said "I have already bore the shame and weight of sin, you can only carry the cross in Victory." This cross will forever be a symbol of the trials we face but the Victory we have won!