by Roma Vivas
WEST ODESSA- When Emmitt Beasley decided to climb the 60 foot Cross for a whole week, he was determined to stay up there no matter what.
"The Winds, the rain, and all of the bad weather that we had. Actually it was pretty cold at night and it was pretty tough. Some of days we're burning up and the sun was just roasting me like a chicken up there, but I got through it," Reverend Emmitt Beasley with Big Blue Circle Ministries, said.
Sleeping proved most difficult. West Texas winds kept the cross moving day and night.
"Fifteen times I wanted to come down, I had to contemplate that and really think about it and stand strong to the commitment and dedication that I made to serve this ministry and serve our Lord," Beasley said.
But he says while he was up there his purpose in the ministry grew stronger.
"That's what it was all about, making a better a connection with the power that I am serving and better serve the people in the community and the organizations that I serve and the Churches," Beasley said.
And while living on the Cross was a great sacrifice, members of the Big Blue Circle Ministries say there is no greater gift than lifting up others.
"When you see those peoples heart change not just their living situation change but their hearts change that makes this job worth it, that's what is worth getting up everyday day, struggling and do what we need to do to pay the bills," Pastor Carrie Barrett with Big Blue Circle Ministries, said.
The Big Blue Circle Ministries still plans to build as many shelters as they can, they have shelters with hundreds of families and say there is a lot of work to be done here in the Permian Basin.