"I just want to share that people are loved, and you can have peace in your heart," said evangelist Arthur Hollands.
Hollands acknowledges that it's a different form of ministry.
"Maybe people think I'm weird, but I love it," he said with a laugh.
Hollands says he walks about 20 miles a day. He's joined by a support team that gives him a lot of help when it comes to sunscreen and Vaseline for his feet. He's planning for a number of rest stops and is hoping to get to New York in about a year.
Hollands passed through Twentynine Palms on Tuesday. He says he has met a lot of people along the way.
"Here and there, people give me money. I don't need money. But they say, 'Hey, have some coffee,'" said Hollands.
He has done this before. Hollands has crossed Hawaii, The Korean Peninsula and even Japan -- each time pulling his cross.
U.S. Marine Sean Amman says he saw Hollands in Japan two years ago and took a picture with him. So imagine Amman's surprise, when this weekend, while driving along Highway 62, he saw a familiar figure walking down the side of the road.
"I looked at my wife and said, 'Wait a minute, that can't be him!'" said Amman. "I spoke to him in Japanese. I said, 'Long time no see.' He looks at me, he says, 'I know you from somewhere.'"
Hollands says he got goose bumps from the encounter.
"People say it's a coincidence, but I say it's a divine appointment," said Hollands.
Amman was equally amazed by the meeting.
"What are the chances that two years later -- on the other side of planet Earth -- that we are going to run into each other doing the same exact thing?" said Amman.