Miguel Zamora is a man with a mission.
Zamora has been seen walking a 40-mile trek from New Braunfels, Texas, to Sutherland Springs, Texas, carrying a giant wooden cross. His pilgrimage is to the location of the recent mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. He estimated that the cross weighs between 150 to 200 pounds.
He told a reporter that his shoulders were bruised and his hands were falling asleep but he would power onward:
“I gotta get there … I’m feeling tired, but I got a mission to do.”
Zamora said that he undertook this task in order to stand solidarity with the residents of Sutherland Springs and show them that they are not alone in their suffering.
“To show my love and show the love of God to the families. That’s really my main message — just love one another.”
His cross is decorated like an American flag — red and blue with white stars. “One Nation Under God” and “We love you Sutherland Springs” is written on it.
Zamora said of the design he chose for the cross:
“My stars, they represent my brothers and sisters that we have lost.”
Sutherland Springs residents were inspired by Zamora’s mission and offered him food and water and encouraging words.
Resident Lupe Rodriguez said:
“I was on my way home, and I saw Miguel out here, and I had to turn back to tell him what a great job he is doing, and just — he’s an inspiration to all of us.”
In response to the kind words, Zamora said:
“When I need encouragement, people will stop, like just now, and that’s what keeps me going.”
On Saturday, Zamora made it to Sutherland Springs and stood the cross at a small memorial for the victims.
People took to Facebook to praise his thoughtful actions:
Zamora wished to show the residents of Sutherland Springs that they were not alone. It seems that despite his difficult journey, his mission was a success.