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Volunteers make crosses from trees

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Updated: 7/27 10:35 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- John Riley of Plantersville has a new addition to his front yard: a cross.

The cross is carved from a 60 foot tree that was struck by lighting about a year ago.

"It just reminds me that God can take the dead things in our life and make them alive," Riley said.

He can't take all the credit, Riley didn't carve this tree himself.

A group of Eight Days of Hope volunteers did.

"I asked brother John, I said, "Wouldn't it be awesome if we could cut a cross out of this tree?' and he just lit up," Eight Days of Hope volunteer Michael Dyer said.

The volunteers were going to cut the tree down, but the shape of its limbs caught their eye.

"It took a lot of effort, a lot of sweat and a lot of sparks from the chainsaws, but we were able to do it and thank God we did," Dyer said.

All eyes are on the cross.

Riley said when people drive by, they get out of their cars to get a closer look.

"We hope that as people stop by here it will just point to Jesus and to what he did on the Cross," Riley said.

Even though most of the Eight Days of Hope volunteers are long gone, their message is still being spread.

"That's what this cross is about," Eight Days of Hope volunteer Randy Young said. "It's about his love for us."
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