LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When driving down Highway 59 between Lufkin and Diboll, it is hard to miss the crosses leaning against a yellow school bus at Faith Family Church.
The church is just one of four across the Lufkin and Nacogdoches area that distribute the three foot tall crosses that say 'Jesus is Lord'.
"We can't make them fast enough," Pastor Vic Bass said. "We put them out here by the bus and then by the afternoon they will be gone. it is hard to keep up with the demand."
Faith Family Church first participated in the distribution by getting crosses from Denman Avenue Baptist Church in Lufkin.
"Denman gave us some," Bass said. "We got rid of a hundred then another hundred and then a hundred more. Finally we just had to start building our own. Denman was good to us, but they just couldn't keep up with our demand and now we are trying to keep up with that."
Bass said a group of volunteers from the church, surrounding community and the Lufkin Dream Center will spend multiple days in a small back area of the church working on the crosses.
"We have a group of retirees that cut the crosses for us," Bass said. "The community volunteers and ladies with the Dream Center come out and do a phenomenal job at the painting. It's amazing to see what they can do."
The workers who stencil and paint the three words on the crosses say the time they spend on the project allows them to bond with others.
"it's a good opportunity to serve," Claudia Herbert said. "It's good company We can share and worship with each other. Being able to give back is a great opportunity."
Bass said the project has become costly, but they always come up with the funds.
"It's about $1,100 for a bundle," Bass said. "That's 448 crosses. One week we built two bundles and we still couldn't keep up."
For Hebert, the finished project is priceless.
"It is really nice to be able to drive around and see them everywhere knowing people's lives are being touched," Herbert said.
Bass said he has been touched by how many crosses have been put out and where they are going.
"We had some go to Missouri during all the turmoil," Bass said. "the lady said she was putting one out to show there is hope. She wished she could give everyone up there a cross with the message."
Pastor Bass said they have no plans in stopping the production of the crosses, but they do encourage others to make them.
"On the back of our crosses is a message that explains the cross and how they can make their own," Bass said. "We would hope that other people can continue the project and expand the reach."
Bass believes the crosses have become popular in East Texas and other areas because of the simplicity they carry in their words.
"This is not about a denomination, Bass said. "This is not about a certain color of people. It's just a statement that Jesus is Lord."
Bass encourages people to stop by the church and pick up a free cross. Bass said they have a limit of three per person, but will work something out with anyone who needs more.