By TYLER MASK
Amidst all the excitement going on with the Baker restoration, there is another project locals are getting excited about.
“Just across town, on a hill to the east, stands another symbol,” Pray Mineral Wells' Rose Jordan said. “And for me, this one offers even greater hope.”
The symbol, a massive structure known as the East Mountain Cross, has been slowly decaying since the owners left Mineral Wells. But everything is about to change for Mineral Wells' giant reminder of Christ's sacrifice.
Recently, a group of Mineral Wells pastors gathered at the foot of the cross, praying for the city, county and God's plans for the future.
“While there, we all felt a bit saddened by the condition of the cross and wanted to find a way to fix it,” Jordan said.
Since then, Jordan has tracked down the owners, who are the original builders, and has resolved to work with them to restore the cross to its former glory.
Although the original owners never wanted the cross to wither away, financial troubles in the 90s forced the couple into selling off everything but the land the cross was on and moving out of Mineral Wells. Jordan believes God's timing for the cross is now.
“It wasn't enough for Mr. Wiggins (owner) to want to fix up that old cross,” she said. “God wanted the people of this city to want to fix it together. This symbol holds a great deal more hope to me. It is a hope of a united people and a hope of a loving God.”
At this time, PMW is requesting stories and testimonies related to the cross, in the same vein as the stories the owners used to hear from people struck by its dignity.
The cross was erected in October 1986 by Leon and Evelyn Wiggins. Leon Wiggins is an ordained pastor who worked with Victory New Testament Fellowship International during the time he built the cross.