THE Easter crosswalk of 40 kilometres has been a tiring one for 23-year-old Naweni native Atekini Ralaca.
Mr Ralaca was among 35 youths who volunteered to carry the cross from their village to St Bede's College in Savusavu as a show of faith and love for saviour Jesus Christ.
Mr Ralaca said the walk was nothing to him when he reflected on the torture that Jesus went through for the sins of the world.
"This is something I had witnessed being carried out by other youths in the village in the past and I am so glad I chose to do it for the first time this year," he said.
"It made me reflect on the suffering of Jesus for mankind, recognising that the wages of sin is a heavy penalty of death.
"Therefore, if Jesus could lay down his life for the sins of the world, I did not see why I could not walk that remembrance walk," he said.
Mr Ralaca added when they left the village on Wednesday morning it was drizzling and they had prayed for fine weather.
"Even though we started off wet, we were glad that our prayers were answered and we had a fine journey during the entire walk.
"The Easter weekend crosswalk has been memorable for me, bringing me closer to God and to my spiritual brothers."
Twenty-five-year-old Aisake Naqina said one of the cross carriers had difficulty walking when they reached Nasinu Village on Wednesday.
"We told him to reflect on the cross and meditate on his own suffering," he said.
"Miraculously his feet were healed the next day and we continued the walk from there on."