Christ cross

A woodsman quits his job to carry an 8ft wooden cross on the roads around Lake Conroe

To bring hope to people in a chaotic world, Josh Duncan literally brings his daily walk with God to the streets.

Duncan, 38, from The Woodlands, built an eight-foot, 60-pound wooden cross with his father, then they attached wheels to the bottom. Several times a week the husband and father take to the streets of The Woodlands and along Texas 105 by Lake Conroe walking on the cross for hours a day as a physical sign to let people know that God is still there for them.

“There is a lot of despair these days and God is the only hope we have,” he said.

And while Duncan only started walking his cross regularly earlier this month, he said the feedback he’s getting from motorists and the interactions he’s had with people are very positive in the whole.

He hopes this is just the first step in his new “Walking on the Cross” ministry.

Duncan grew up in a church home in Houston. When he was 16, his family moved to The Woodlands.

At 17, he got into a few run-ins with the law which led to him being incarcerated for four years in Brazoria County. But it was behind bars that her faith began to take shape.

Then, about six years ago, when he was having difficulty in his work, he again turned to his God for answers.

“I worked for the same company for about 13 years. But that company was taken over by another and it was difficult,” he said. “It has grown from a small family business to a company with over 2,500 employees.”

He felt like he had to compromise on some things and that didn’t sit well with him. He wasn’t sure what God was asking of him at that time.

Fast forward to last fall. While working in his office, his wife came to show him information about a guy walking on a cross along FM 2920 in the spring.

“When she said I felt like it was God telling me, ‘You have to build a cross and go walk it,'” he said. He pushed her away at first, it was something that kept nagging him. He finally asked his father to help him build a large cross.

Above it in white paint, there is the writing John 14:6 translated “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life”.

His first walk was on October 9, 2021 along a stretch of Kuykendahl Road in The Woodlands. Then he walked with the cross about twice a month for the past six months.

At the beginning of April this year, he had become very unhappy with his job and was praying to God, asking what was next for him.

The answer came in a series of devotions the first week of April.

His children who are homeschooled were studying a devotional about two children whose father was unhappy with his job and ended up quitting his job. It was a Wednesday morning.

“Things started to click in a supernatural way,” he said.

He prayed that God would give him a clear and obvious path. On Thursday, he finished a series of devotions where the 25th devotional of a series of 28 devotions spoke to him.

It was a parable where a rich man gave money to some of his employees while he was out of town. Two of the employees used the money wisely. The third buried the money in the ground.

“I realized I was like this third servant and was burying my gift in the ground,” he said. On Friday, he submitted his resignation to his company.

On Saturday this week he read the scripture Luke 9:23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

And he literally took a cross to follow God.

His last day of work was April 29, and he began walking the cross full-time on May 2.

He hopes this endeavor will lead to the formation of a full-time, non-profit ministry. He has people helping him start a nonprofit now.

In the meantime, he travels a stretch of FM 1488 from Interstate 45 to FM 2978, a stretch of Kuykendahl Road in The Woodlands from Woodlands Parkway to Huffsmith Road, and on Texas 105 between Pappa’s on the Lake and Walden Road three to four times per week.

While walking, he also wears a GoPro camera to capture his interactions. It usually runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On days when he is not walking, he edits and uploads videos from his GoPro.

He receives a lot of honks and sometimes insults which he expected.

Sometimes people stop and bring him food and water.

He said sometimes people get very emotional at the sight of the cross.

“They stop and they cry talking to me,” he said. “I’ve heard the most amazing testimonies from people.”

Duncan would like to expand the ministry to help feed and clothe community members and more. He would also like to take his cross on the road. He believes that since he’s not tied to a building or location, it’s something he could do anywhere in the United States.

“Maybe if someone is having a bad day, they see this and it reminds them that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us,” he said.

With the help of his wife, he created several social media pages to interact with the community.

See the YouTube page for Walking the Cross Ministries at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1aPdNXq3-xOpHAZWbivFXw. See also his website at https://www.walkingthecrossministries.com/ and his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/walkingthecrossministries. He regularly posts content and videos of his experiences walking the cross.

shernandez@hcnonline.com