LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Controversial Christian issues have recently begun challenging public religious practices across America.
"Some public displays of Christian faith have been taken away over the years," explains Lufkin's Denman Avenue Baptist Church Pastor Jeff Moats.
Locally, a proposition was made to remove prayer from Nacogdoches city hall meetings. While the prayer was not removed, Christian citizens across East Texas are making their faith known in a unique way.
"On their own properties, people are able to pick up a cross like this and display it on their properties, to show that they have a Christian faith and trust in Christ as their Lord," said Moats.
Denman Avenue Baptist Church decided to join the efforts of Nacogdoches' First Baptist Church and their distribution of wooden crosses, which read "Jesus is Lord."
A local East Texas cross distributor John Jordan explains that the three foot crosses are all handmade by volunteers.
"We just assembled a crew, assembled the people together and you assemble the materials, and then you start building," explained Jordan.
"It's all done for the glory of Jesus Christ." Every cross handed out to the members of the Denman Avenue Baptist Church was free of charge.
Many church members were able to take multiple home to their family and friends.
"There's a dozen probably or so churches that's already received crosses and handed out to their congregation," explained Jordan. "Many people have been back to resupply for their churches."
While the initiative is only about a month old in East Texas, Denmark Avenue Baptist Church is hoping to make a big impact on their community and beyond.
"We'd like to see crosses all over Angelina County," said Moats. "That's what we would like to see."