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Chief Executive Officer
Christian Cyber Ministries
U.S. Coordinator for the Film and Founder
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," he said. "We want to give Him glory to what happened at that battle to where we are today." Get the information you need fast. Sign up for our Breaking News alerts today. 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. Mantel said he got the idea after a personal experience. He was in a car accident in 1994 and had to use pain medication through 2007. In January of 2007, he said 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 said. "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.
"Business and individual sponsors can choose how their funds can influence others," said Bill Mantel, CEO of CCM."Sponsors can choose to help build a church in Africa, assist an HIV/AIDS orphanage, support cancer mentoring, or a prison ministry, for example."The golf event begins at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m., and will include a "creative best ball" tournament, lunch and fellowship, according to a press release.The first 72 players to register by Sept. 3 will receive a $50 Schuler Shoes gift card, a signed copy of the "Kingdom Keys" devotional by Mantel, and a copy of the "My Lawyer" DVD signed by cast members of the Christian film.For more information about sponsoring or playing in the Christian Cyber Ministries 8th Annual Charity Golf Event, contact Pastor Bill Mantel by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (763) 370-6517.
"I've been on many short-term missions experiences in my life, but this is the first where a tangible product was produced that captured the hearts of the local people and participants," said Bill Mantel, U.S. Coordinator for the film and founder of ChristianCyberMinistries.org.The film was written and produced by the Rev. Lanka Dass, a pastor and former lawyer from Vijayawada, India.
by Pastor Bill Mantel by Pastor Bill Mantel Pastor Bill Mantel is founder and facilitator of Christian Cyber Ministries.He lives with his wife Carol in Stillwater, Minn., and writes Cyber Daily Devotion Monday through Friday on the Internet.
"I've been on many short-term missions experiences in my life, but this is the first where a tangible product was produced that captured the hearts of the local people and participants," said Bill Mantel, U.S. Coordinator for the film and founder of ChristianCyberMinistries.org.