The road that leads us to this particular cross begins with Bob, Ryan and Dan traveling the backroads for Texas Country Reporter. One day they pay a visit to Marika’s studio in Seguin. From this interview they create and broadcast to a viewership of 1.4 million an Emmy award winning segment, “Carousel of Life.” On a Sunday morning in Lubbock, as Terri and Carlos prepare for church they see and hear a sculptor from Haiti describing her passion for creating wood sculptures. Marika’s sculptures and her words resonate with the couple.
Terri tells her husband that if she receives the call to lead a “Walk to Emmaus” retreat, she will ask Marika to sculpt a cross for the event. Before receiving the call, Terri visits Marika in Seguin. She asks her to make a cross for the “Walk to Emmaus” explaining it is a retreat to strengthen and renew the faith of Christians. The cross plays an integral part in retreat ceremonies and rituals. As a lay leader, she is responsible for providing a cross.
Not long after, Marika hears the good news from Terri; she is Lay Director for the Women’s Emmaus Walk.
With ideas from Terri, Marika prepares two concept drawings. One is a hand holding the cross; the other is a hooded figure holding the cross. In both cases, the cross is removable from the figure holding it.
Terri decides on the hooded figure.
The second installment will include photos of the first cuts to make the hooded figure.