Vereeniging: Pastor erects 17-metre-tall cross

2012-12-12 00:00

A PASTOR in Vereeniging has erected a 17-metre cross at his church to show the community a message of love and hope.

The steel frame cross was assembled and raised onto its 80-ton foundation yesterday, watched by curious church members.

Pastor Dries van der Merwe of the Apostolic Faith Mission church said he woke one morning in September last year with the firm conviction he had to put up the cross.

“I just knew that was what I had to do,” Van der Merwe said.

His wife, Esme, said he immediately started planning.

Three engineers were involved in the design and building of the cross, which will later be outlined with neon lights so it can be seen at night.

It already has a warning light for aircraft on the top.

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