Call from God brings crucifix to Toowoomba
GRAHAM Heffernan's days as a rodeo star have made him no stranger to being the centre of attention.
All eyes were on the renowned horseman for a different reason as he brought his "message of the cross" to Toowoomba at the weekend.
Mr Heffernan said he felt God's calling a year ago and finally decided six weeks ago to set off on his mission.
He will have carted a life-sized crucifix through the centres of 25 towns by the time his task has been completed.
"The Lord just pulled my heart to do it," he said.
"It has been more of a blessing to me than anybody else, although a lot of people have been blessed because of this cross.
"It inspires people, gets them talking and stirs things up.
"If anyone wants to stop and talk to me I will share my story and lead them in prayer.
"You occasionally get people coming up to abuse you but in the end everyone gets blessed.
"I just tell them that, no matter what, God loves them."
Mr Heffernan lived near Nobby during the 1980s and used it as his home base for trick riding shows at rodeos.
He has trained horses and buffalo for movies and, in 2006, sent some of his beasts of burden to East Timorese farmers whose buffalo populations were decimated by the Boxing Day tsunami.
He now calls Tamborine home and attends Tamborine Life Church.
Search for "The Message of the Cross" on Facebook to follow Mr Heffernan's journey.