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Jackson Co. teens walk in the footsteps of Jesus


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - On Good Friday, there was a solemn sight for anyone driving along Highway 90 in Gautier. More than 80 teenagers re-enacted the Via Dela Rosa, the final footsteps of Jesus Christ.    

It was a slow procession down the road as young people took turns shouldering the burden of the heavy wooden cross. They said what they felt was just a bit of the burden their savior shouldered for them. 

"The students are representing what Jesus did for us, walking and carrying his cross for our sins," team leader David Maxwell said.

The young mission team walked 36 miles in three days to spread the message of love to people all over Jackson County. 

"With the sun and the stress, but every student that goes thought it was worth it." 

This is Ashtin Parker's first time on the religious journey. 

"It is physically going to be rough, but I figured we can handle it," Parker said. 

Signs of support from people passing by made the long trek easier. 

"They are honking, and they are screaming. It is really fun and they are getting into it."

Maylen McClenic has made the journey for Jesus five times before.  She admitted the walk gets harder every year, but it does teach a lesson on commitment. 

"There are still teenagers that will come out here and stand up for God while all their peers will be watching them," McClenic said. 

The teens said while they can never know what Jesus felt walking to Calvary, they believe this walk helps them follow in the footsteps of Christ and commit to making sacrifices to serve him.  

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