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Church youth take turns carrying cross during walk to benefit missionaries

Dec. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Youth from Bethel Temple Assembly of God spent a recent Saturday walking to raise money for a cause.

About 14 young people walked 10 miles around Huntington, each taking turns carrying a cross.

"The youth wanted to do something to raise money for Missionaries around the world," Pastor Doug Johnson said in a release. "We called it the Wise Men's Walk. It commemorated the journey that the wise men took as they searched for the Messiah 2,000 years ago and to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas."

The youth were raising money for the African Oasis Project of the Assemblies of God.

"It costs $10,000 to build a well in Africa," Johnson said. "Every day, thousands of people walk for miles just to dip their buckets into dirty reservoirs filled with parasites and disease. They need water to live but it's killing them."

The walk took six hours and many passersby honked horns and gave donations to the children as they walked. The young people spent their Thanksgiving getting sponsors for the walk.

"We circled Huntington and it was rough on the kids but they didn't complain because they realized how blessed we are in America to have clean water any time we want it," Johnson said.

Some of the special donations sponsorships include donations Aaron's Sales & Lease in Huntington, Portsmouth, Parkersburg and Athens, Ohio. The youth group raised more than $1,500 of the $10,000.

Those intrested in making a donation can mail a donation to 900 9th St., Huntington, WV 25701 or contacting the church at 304-523-3505 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday or visiting the group's website at www.btag.org.