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

A man walking across the U.S. with a cross on his back had a chance encounter with a Southland Marine he's met before.
March 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man is on a mission to walk across the U.S., from Los Angeles to New York, while pulling a cross on his back.

"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.