Religion: Christ in Yucca Valley

All last week the men of Yucca Valley, Calif. (pop. 1,200) strained and sweated in the sunshine to haul the three-ton statue up the hill to its pedestal above the highway. The women brought pails of grape juice and coffee; the town's one-man chamber of commerce provided hamburgers. And each evening they gathered to pray and give thanks for the big concrete statue of Christ that had come in answer to the work and prayers of Eddie Garver.

Los Angeles-born Eddie Garver says he "grew up a mean kid." His parents were itinerant Baptist preachers,...

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