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Cross Walker brings message of faith to Fergus

Published 11:05am Thursday, July 18, 2013

He’s carried his cross across the United States, and on Sunday he’ll make a stop in Fergus Falls.

Bob Hanus, known as the Cross Walker, will speak at Hilltop Celebration Church Sunday at 10 a.m. and share his unique approach to spreading the message of Christ. For Hilltop pastor Daniel Mueller, the talk should be informative for those looking to open up to faith.

“We’re expecting people who have some questions about life,” he said. “We’re hoping Bob will be the type of individual who will generate some enthusiasm and people will come out to hear him speak.”

Hanus has traveled the country, from the East Coast to the West, teaching congregations about their potential to increase their evangelism.

On Saturday, he will also lead a workshop on the subject at the Midwest Regional Pastors Conference in Pelican Rapids. Hilltop has set aside the three days following Sunday’s talk for workshops with Hanus if there is enough interest.

Drugs and alcohol nearly destroyed Hanus’s life at an early age, but after coming to his faith, he was able to turn his life around. The experience has become the cornerstone of his outreach.

Along with his wife, Cori, and son, Timothy, Hanus has spent 20 years spreading his message. He has “Crosswalked” over 22,000 miles through 1,500 cities. He’s reached every state in the United States, and traveled through Canada and Mexico as well.

“I would like people to see someone like Bob who is enthusiastic about what Christ has done in their life,” Mueller said. “I’m hoping anyone who sees Bob will step back and say, ‘You know, Christ is everything. We can be more enthusiastic, we can be more active in our faith.’”

Hanus’s message isn’t just limited to churches. His annual outreach efforts include stops at Harley-Davidson motorcycle rallies, college campuses, festivals, parades and even sporting events like the Superbowl and NBA games. The Cross Walker message has hit the airwaves, with broadcasts over television and radio on stops as well.

The talk Sunday won’t be limited to the Hilltop community either. Mueller said he hopes the event will inspire the area.

“Bob is not ashamed to talk about Jesus. What the cross does is get peoples’ attention and I like that,” Mueller said. “I’m not hoping to draw a whole bunch of people just to Hilltop Church. If people want to grow in faith, if they want to come to church, there are plenty of great places in Fergus Falls to do that.”

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