I believe this to be a first. A first since the inception of fellow street evangelist and blogger Tony Miano's "Are You Ready" cross in July of 2009.
Behold a cross that asks the question in French: "Etes-Vous Prets".
(Phonetically, it's pronounced "et-voo-pret" with a roll in the "r" that French people speak with.)
The French cross was the genius idea of one Vernon Costolo, of West Virginia, USA. When planning his mission trip to Canada with sidekick Sean Borca, of Florida, they had originally planned to evangelize in Montreal, Quebec, (a major city in Canada's all French language province) following their evangelism stints in Toronto, Ontario, and with us here in Ottawa, two weeks ago.
Vernon came up with the idea and made an "Are You Ready" cross in French to use as a witnessing tool while in Quebec so the inhabitants of "La Belle Province" could read what it said in their native language. Novel idea, n'est ce pas?
Now Vernon is a talented furniture making woodworker guy. Vernon has made "Are You Ready" crosses for many people. So have we. But there is a difference. We slap-dash our crosses in nearly no time at all and for about 7 bucks a pop. Vernon, however, with such precision and skilled craftsmanship, painstakingly makes crosses worthy of display in the Smithsonian Institute.
As it turned out, on the fourth day of street evangelism with us in Ottawa, logistics proved the Montreal trip to be not a plausible thing. But we did not give up as the bridge to Gatineau, Quebec, is but a 10 minute drive from our home. All French there, too.
I hope this encourages other cross bearers throughout North America in areas where there is a second language to contend with to follow suit. How about a custom made cross to be held in Spanish sectors of some U.S. cities? Any takers?
Having no French people in any area of West Virginia, Vernon offered us the French cross to keep for our use whenever we cross the bridge to do some street evangelism there. We gladly accepted.
God bless you, Vernon.
Great idea and " merci beaucoup ! "
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