MISSISSIPPI GLOWING FOR CHRIST
AN 82 DAY JOURNEY AND CELEBRATION
Sunday evening, October 27th, Mission Mississippi will celebrate 20 years of unifying the Body of Christ across racial and denominational lines. The Statewide Celebration and Worship will take place in JSU’s Stadium where Mission Mississippi had its beginnings in October, 1993.
On August 7th , a battery-operated 6-foot cross designed by Nissan/Yates engineers will be lit on the steps of the State Capitol Building. The Cross will then be carried to the Old Highway 80 Bridge connecting downtown Jackson to Rankin County. Selected student athletes from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will take the cross and walk/run it through their county. Highlights include passes through the Scott Field in Starkville on September 7th during the Alcorn State vs. Mississippi State football game and in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at The University of Mississippi on October 12th, the day of the Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game. Bill Buckner, Regional Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is excited to join with Mission Mississippi in the endeavor and stated, “Mississippi Glowing For Christ fits well with the vision of FCA , to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes, coaches and all whom they influence. We are excited to partner with Mission Mississippi and take the cross to 82 counties. When the Lord Jesus is lifted up He will draw all men to Himself.”
Like the Olympic torch, the Cross will triumphantly return to Jackson after its 82-day journey on Sunday afternoon, October 27th and enter the Stadium to mark the start of the Worship Celebration. Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi stated “It is the prayer of FCA and Mission Mississippi that as the Cross is greeted in each county, the time there will bring the Body of Christ in each county and community closer together. We want to invite Mississippians to follow the cross as it comes through their county, participate in the planned celebrations and unite with others at the Statewide Celebration and Worship on October 27th. Join with us in celebrating 20 years of “Changing Mississippi . . . One Relationship at a Time” and the unity we have as One in Christ.”
Mission Mississippi Board Member Lee Paris said that it was the prayer that in each location “Follow the Cross” will be emphasized in hopes that the Cross will remind all who see it of the One who gave His life upon such an instrument, and that each would commit or recommit their lives in an effort to follow Him. He stated, “In keeping with this theme, it is hoped that those across the State would ‘Follow the Cross’ as it returns to Jackson and be a part of a Celebration and Worship on October 27th that will include representatives from all 82 counties gathered to celebrate 20 years of reconciliation in Mississippi and an eternity of reconciliation in Christ.”
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Pictured above (Left to Right): Pat Henderson, FCA; Neddie Winters, Mission MS; Roger Bush, Yates Services; Drennon Horne, Yates Services; Don Stoegbauer, Nissan; Derek Polk, Nissan; Adam Savage, Mission MS; Bill Buckner, FCA; Lee Paris, Mission MS
Neddie Winters, President of, Mission Mississippi will be speaking Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 during the 8am Worship Service at Holy Ghost Baptist Church 203 W. Northside Drive, Clinton, MS 39056. We hope to see you there!
The staff of Mission Mississippi would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!
Luke 24:6 “He is not here, He is risen . . .”
Join Neddie Winters for a “Mission Mississippi Day” on Sunday, March 10th
at Cathedral A.M.E. Zion Church, 428 W. Northside Dr. Jackson, MS 39206 for the 11:30 a.m.Worship Service
Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 1403 Dubose Street Ellisville, MS 39437 at 6:30 p.m.
With over 800 guests in attendance, God’s presence was truly felt at this year’s Governor’s Prayer Luncheon. On January 31st, Mississippians came together as brothers and sisters in Christ and prayed for Governor Phil Bryant and Elected Officials. Honorable Johnny Dupree, Mayor of Hattiesburg lifted up the prayer for Gov. Bryant. Our guest speaker, Myrlie Evers-Williams shared her powerful and inspiring story. “I stand here in front of friends. It wasn’t always that way before… it is true now” Evers-Williams recalling her anger over her husband’s death, but she has forgiven and Mississippi has come far in improving race relations. “I am proud to be a Mississippian. And I dare anyone to challenge me on that point”. Strong words like those spoken by Ever-Williams define the passion and love that was felt by those in the room.
We want to thank our Planning Committee, Board of Directors, Program Participants, Partners and Event Sponsors, Volunteers, Mission Mississippi Staff and all the others who worked tirelessly on this event.
Download the Event Program Here.
This year is historic in that Mission Mississippi is celebrating 20 years of racial reconciliation and healing in Mississippi. This event is an opportunity for the people of Mississippi to gather and pray for Governor Phil Bryant and Elected Leaders, who will be in attendance, and hear an inspiring message of racial reconciliation. Myrlie Evers-Williams will be speaking. She is the widow of the slayed civil rights activist Medgar Evers; this year marks 50 years since his death. You will want to be part of this event!
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Here are a few photos from last year.
Mission Mississippi as a statewide movement has been leading the way in Christian racial reconciliation and healing since 1993. In 2013, we will celebrate 20 years of “Changing Mississippi . . . One Relationship at a Time.” Our goal is to create opportunities, activities, events and gatherings to assist the communities in addressing racial issues in a productive way.
In 2013, make it a part of your life to live out racial reconciliation and healing.
Live out GRACISM: “(a) the act of extending Grace – that we have experienced from Jesus Christ – to promote racial reconciliation; (b) knowing and living out the idea that Grace is greater than Race; (c) the answer to racism.”
Take the pledge: I will intentionally give QUALITY TIME, take PERSONAL INITIATIVE and participate in HONEST EXCHANGE in order to build relationships across racial and denominational lines.
We hope that you and your family have a joyous Christmas season and remember that Jesus Christ is why we celebrate. We pray the Lord will bless your life in the coming New Year.
Join us . . .
Christmas Open House at Mission Mississippi
Come Celebrate Christmas with us at our new location!
When: Friday, December 21, 2012
Where: Mission Mississippi, 840 East River Place, Suite 506, Jackson, MS 39202 (Next to the YMCA off Fortification Street)
Time: 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Come & Go)
Refreshments will be served!!!!!
Mission Mississippi is moving our home office from Downtown Jackson to 840 East River Place, Suite 506, Jackson, MS 39202. If you are familiar with the Jackson area, we are located in the office buildings by the YMCA on Fortification Street. During this transitional time our internet and phone may be temporarily out of service. In the event that you cannot reach us through our main office line please call Neddie Winters at 601.665.5900 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Mississippi along with our faithful volunteers host numerous gatherings around the state. We want you to know that these gatherings are open to the public. We believe that to bridge the racial divide it takes building relationships among blacks and whites.
If you have never attended a Mission Mississippi gathering their are a few things you should know. The purpose of these gatherings is to create a safe environment for Honest Exchange among those of different races and denominations. It’s important that we listen to one another. It’s important that we share with one another.
Building Relationships Mission Mississippi Style:
Quality Time – join us for a gathering or get together with someone of another race and/or denomination
Personal Initiative – someone’s got to start the conversation, why not you?
Honest Exchange – be honest with those you are speaking with and accept their honesty
Check out the Calendar for information on the next gathering in your area.
Don’t see your town? Contact us about starting a Mission Mississippi Chapter in your area.
We will see you soon!