Emmitt Beasley, pastor of Big Blue Circle Ministries, talks about the fund-raising effort that will have him staying atop a 50-foot-tall cross at 6400 W. University Boulevard for a week beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday.
...Beasley, pastor of Zion Fellowship and Big Blue Circle Ministries, plans to have a pulley-type system cart him atop a 50-foot-tall wooden cross at 4 p.m. today at 6400 W. University Blvd. to raise awareness and funds for the Permian Basin's swelling homeless population.
won't come down for a week - until Aug. 31 - as part of a project tied with a fund-raiser called "Double the Efforts Campaign."
Beasley's ministry runs a handful of properties, which house and work to rehabilitate homeless individuals from around the Basin.But, increasingly, the ministry's running out of room for people to stay, especially women and children, he
"There is a problem housing homeless people in this town," Beasley
Beasley plans to stay in an 8-foot-by-8-foot wooden enclosed platform on top of the cross throughout the week while below his
congregation will sell drinking mugs, T-shirts and other items as part of the fund-raiser.
On Aug. 30 and 31, the congregation has planned other events like a walk-a-thon and a motorcycle raffle run in time for Beasley
to come down from the platform.
In addition to helping the ministries' existing 107 occupants, Beasley
said the organization needs funds to accommodate an expected surge in the homeless population in the winter months and a potential increase of people depending on the oil boom.
>> People wanting to contribute to the "Double the Efforts Campaign" are encouraged to submit donations to Attn: Emmitt Beasley
or Carrie Barrett, 6482 W. University Blvd, West Odessa, TX 79764.