Man walking across US with cross on back has chance meeting with Marine

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.

"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.

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