Pastor Bill Mantel of Cambridge, Minn., left, and others erect a 24-foot high wooden cross at the Clara Bee on Sharpsburg Pike on Friday.
Mantel and his Christian Cyber Ministries hopes to put up a cross in every state and country. (By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer / October 19, 2012)
The cross was put up Friday as Pastor Bill Mantel from Cambridge, Minn., along with a team of area residents, assembled it to honor those who were killed in the Civil War and the Battle of Antietam.
"We know that God played a very important part in what was happening in the Battle of Antietam
"We want to give Him glory to what happened at that battle to where we are today."
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The cross is part of an international ongoing project for Mantel, of Christian Cyber Ministries, where he plans to put at least one cross in every country and at least one in every state in the United States.
According to the project website, 10 crosses have been planted in the United States across six states, and 34 crosses have been planted in at least seven countries.
got the idea after a personal experience.
was in a car accident in 1994 and had to use pain medication through 2007.
In January of 2007, he
was in South Africa and a man there prayed for him, after which he
felt healed and has not had to use any pain medication since.
"Jesus healed me of that pain at that particular time," he
"We planted the first cross to give God glory for that healing."
The first cross was planted at a family farm in Minnesota, Mantel
said, and in 2008 he
made the decision to plant more crosses across the world, paid for by donations from people who receive daily devotions from Christian Cyber Ministries
"The cross had such an impact on us, the people around us, and the community, that the board of Christian Cyber Ministries decided that we should do this," he said.
The upright beam of the cross is 30 feet, but six feet of it is in the ground, and the horizontal beam is between 10 and 12 feet, according to Mantel