Hindman church members walk 20 miles to mark Good Friday

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - If you drove on Highway 80 on Friday, you might have seen something unexpected.

Dozens of people who attend a Knott County church took a walk with a cross. They tell WYMT it is all to celebrate the true meaning of the Easter weekend.

For more than a decade, folks from the Hindman United Methodist Church have taken to the pavement to remind others what Good Friday is really about.

Church member Joan Steininger said they are walking from the Knott/Perry County line to the Knott/Floyd County line along Highway 80.

"It is really, really neat to see all the kids involved and to see them excited about doing something like this," said Steininger.

Organizers tell us their route is a little more than 20 miles long.

But for Samuel Hoffman, who carried the cross part of the way, every step is worth it.

"It is not anything compared to Jesus and what he had to do. So we have no right to complain about it," said Hoffman.

Still, other participants, like Franklin Combs, have some simple advice to make the walk a little easier.

"Try to wear some like good walking shoes because it hurts your feet even if you do have good shoes," said Combs.

Following single file in faith, this congregation looks to a higher power to finish their journey.

"We get a lot of community support. It is heartwarming to see how people wave and stop and take pictures. Sometimes they stop and walk with us a little ways," said Steininger.

Organizers tell WYMT they began their walk around 7 o'clock on Friday morning.

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