A stroll on the path to Lake Moondarra may seem like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon but not many consider doing it wheeling a heavy cross in imitation of the crucifixion of Jesus.
But that's what Kevin "Mad Dog" Mudford was doing yesterday when the North West Star happened to pass by yesterday.
"I've been doing this for 38 years and eight months," Mad Dog told the Star.
"And we travel across Australia sharing my conversion story."
By "we", Mad Dog meant he and his wife Dee Dee who was nearby in the support vehicle which had a second cross which was "even heavier" he said.
Mad Dog is a Kiwi and born-again Christian, a hell raiser in his youth who found God in tough prisons across the ditch.
"I was in seven New Zealand prisons, heaps of nuthouses, booze, drugs and I found the Lord in 1981," he said.
"Now I'm an evangelist sharing my story and we're here in town doing some ministries.
It's not the first time he's been to Mount Isa. He was here three years ago when he first told his story to the Star.
Growing up in a broken home with an abusive father, Kevin discovered the notorious Mongrel Mob, turned to crime and became a street kid. living Living in six boys' homes by the age of 15 he landed in a borstal in Invercargill in 1971.
He spent nine years in institutions, seven of those in New Zealand prisons.
He said a major alcohol problem was the root of most of his "dramas".
"Drink was the killer. I didn't want to give it up, that was it."
He was uninterested in religion until his brother became a Christian after joining Alcoholics Anonymous.
"He was blood I suppose and he was the real deal, simple as that," he said.
"Even in AA the first principle is admit you have a problem, second is come to a belief, third principle is hand your life over. I admitted I had a problem and I came to believe a loving God could change my life."
Now he wheels his 3m high cross around while playing gospel music as he walks spreading his message that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth and the life."
"Some people run around with placards, this is what works for me," he said.
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