UPDATE: Locals gather to watch Salvation’s Cross in Rayville be lifted into place

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UPDATE (11/13/19) –Members of the community gathered this morning for the installation of the Rayville Salvation’s Cross.

“No, I just love it. And I just love seeing all these people out here so excited about it. He would be so happy. So excited,” said Sarah Bolton, Attendee.

The cross is 45,000 pounds and 120 feet tall.

“It’s just really sweet to know that he’s up there watching and seeing all of us gather and seeing his dream come true,” said Riley Bridges, Granddaughter of Timmie.

The people who built the cross say this is their fifth cross to build and the first one they’ve done in Louisiana.

“Absolutely, it’s a ministry to us. We make no money off of it. This was an effort that was put together by this community. There was two or three individuals that had a vision,” said Mike Rozier, Contractor.

Timmie’s family says they are excited to see the cross up in its place and hope it brings the community closer together.

“I know that today he’s just sitting up there just looking down happy as a lark because his dream finally came true and he’s going to be able to affect many lives through this cross,” said Mary Kyle Allen, Granddaughter of Timmie.

To watch the full live feed of the cross being put up, the link to the Facebook page is here.


RAYVILLE, La (11/11/19) — Community members in Rayville have been working for two years to build a giant cross on the side of I-20. This week, their dream is finally coming true.

What started as an idea in 2017, turned into a future for Timmie Ray Thames.

“One of my best friends, Timmie Ray Thames, the Lord put it on his heart to possibly build a cross and he thought about it for many months and had different variations of the cross,” Joe Bruyninckx, Board for Salvation’s Cross.

However, through many obstacles Thames started to doubt if the project should be completed.

“At the very moment that he said I don’t know if God’s in this project, I was driving through Batesville and all of a sudden this huge, lit up cross was staring at me in the face…and at that moment, he and I both knew that this is what the Lord wanted,” said Bruyninckx.

The community donated funds for land, construction, and materials and the project officially started.

Sadly, Timmie Ray Thames was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in August.

“And it’s just amazing to us that God works in mysterious ways, and we thought he would make it through to build the cross, but instead I believe that God used his death to build the cross,” said Kayla Bridges, Daughter of Timmie Thames.

Members of the community came together to make his dream come true—to bring a symbol of love, hope, and peace to those driving on the interstate.

“I think our daddy’s up there proud of all his best friends and his members and all that,” said Bridges.

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