ANDERSON, Ind. — A dusty Bible isn’t something Tim Hanshew has. He reads the holy book and can spout out his favorite verses at the drop of a hat.
One of his favorites is 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
It’s something the 50-year-old Hanshew lives by. For the past six years, he has shared that power by carrying a large wooden cross throughout Anderson.
“It’s not a hobby,” he said. “It’s a calling.”
Hanshew said throughout the years he’s carried the cross to 80 percent of the neighborhoods in Anderson, and has shared the gospel with at least 600 people. He makes sure to go out on Good Friday and three-day weekends throughout the year.
He stores it at the church he attends, Southdale Church of the Nazarene, 530, W. 53rd St.
“(Hanshew) recognizes his own need for grace and that’s why the cross is so important to him,” Pastor Brad Buhrow said. “He knows that without the cross, he himself would be hopelessly lost.”
Thirty years ago, Hanshew thought he was the last guy who would carry a giant cross around town. Although he was raised in the church, he started to drift away from Christianity when he was a teenager.
He became involved with drugs, and said he was living what he called a selfish lifestyle. It wasn’t until after 20 years of not attending services that a former youth pastor contacted Hanshew and sparked a change in him.
It didn’t take long for Hanshew to see himself as a sinner in need of grace.
“I finally came to the realization that what I needed I couldn’t go to Wal-Mart or Meijer and purchase it on a shelf,” he said. “I needed forgiveness that only comes from the Lord.”