Man's 40-Year Crosswalk Seen in 'The Cross'

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The true story of a man who carried a large wooden cross around the world premieres on movies screens around the country Friday in "The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story."

The documentary follows the journey of Mississippi-born Blessit who traveled nearly 40,000 miles over 40 years carrying the twelve-foot cross to every country on the globe.

"When you finish watching the film our prayer is that everyone would either fall at the foot of the cross or take up their own cross," Blessitt said.

The Cross director and founder of Gener8xion Entertainment Matt Crouch said the film is not meant to portray Blessitt as larger than life.

"What will face every person watching the film is, you will have a choice either to reject or accept God's calling," Crouch said. "What will you do? Blessitt's not Superman; he's everyman."

Blessitt described the pilgrimage as a calling.

"I walk for Jesus!," he exclaimed. "At 5:00 am one morning, Jesus spoke to me and said, 'Arthur, take the cross off the wall of your building, carry the cross on foot.identify my message on the highways, road-sides where the people are'."

Leaving on Christmas Day 1969, Blessit began his travels from Hollywood, Calif. and has since been listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the World's Longest Walk.

It is unclear how long the movie will run in theatres.


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