The Man Who Carried the Cross Around the World
The World’s Longest Walk
Cross Carried in Every Nation and major Inhabited Island Group
“Over 1 & 1/2 times around the earth at the equator”
Arthur Blessitt has completed a historic and unprecedented crosswalk in every nation on earth. He has carried on foot a 12 ft. cross for Jesus since 1968. And around the world since 1969. Through wars, deserts, jungles, 324 countries, major island groups and territories, 7 continents, and over 43,340 miles (69,748 km) The Guinness Book of World Records 1996-2021 lists this as ‘The World’s Longest Walk’. This modern day pilgrim has faced a firing squad, been arrested 24 times, been through 54 countries at war, fasted 40 days, ran for President of the United States and has walked with 70,000 people across Poland. He has been on all major news worldwide. Billy Graham has walked with him, Pope John Paul II has welcomed him to Rome, Yasser Arafat has welcomed him to Beirut and he has slept in Prime Minister Begin’s house in Israel. He has carried the cross through such places as Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Russia, China, South Africa, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, India, Antarctica, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Libya, Yemen, Vietnam and Mongolia, etc. He has now been on the longest journey in the history of the world. Arthur says, “I love God and I love people. I try to keep it simple”. Speaking of the walk he said, “Jesus did it! And it is all for the glory of God. Denise and I are but simple servant followers of Jesus. We pray for peace on earth, love in every heart, and God’s blessings upon all people.”
Arthur Blessitt is 80 years old. At the age of 7 he received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord of his life. He married Denise Irja Blessitt from England in 1990 and she accompanies him now on all his trips..
They still carry the cross and make special ‘Crosswalks’ in the U.S. and overseas in many nations. In November of 2010 they carried the cross in Juarez, Mexico “The Murder Capital of the World”. In the summer of 2018 we were in Panama.
Arthur and Denise Blessitt
P. O. Box 632246
Littleton, Colorado USA 80163-2246
Phone 303 355 2234
The Cross Walk For Jesus Around The World
Spring 1968: Made the cross and put on wall of “His Place”. Carried the cross on short walks along Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, Ca.
September 1969: Jesus “Carry the cross on foot – identify My message in the highways, road-sides where the people are”.
December 25, 1969 Began carrying the cross across America. Pastor Gwen Turner prayed us off.
August 1971 Jesus’ call “Carry the cross to other nations”.
September 1, 1971 Began carrying the cross across England.
February 26, 1977 Arrived in Jerusalem with the cross “Lord, do I stop or go on?” I prayed on Mt. Sinai. Jesus said, “I’ve called you to the common man, with peasants of the world, to sweat, walk in the rain, smell exhaust fumes, sleep on the road. Go! I want you to go all the way”.
April 2, 1979 The vision of the Glory of the Lord “Arthur, Proclaim the Glory of the coming of the Lord is at hand”.
June 1981 At the “Iron Curtain” East Germany the Lord said, “There are no walls!”
March 31, 1988 Jesus said, “I want you to commit your life to carry the cross in every nation by the Year 2000!”
1990 Denise and I vowed to God at our wedding to go in obedience to His call to carry the cross to every nation by the Year 2000 as Jesus so wills
November 1, 1993 God spoke “Pray for others, I will take care of you”.
December 25, 1998 Walked back now Sunset Strip in Hollywood to the same place where the cross walk began years ago having complete every nation. Pastor Gwen Turner greeted us and thanked Jesus. Glory.
June 13, 2008 Completed every nation, major inhabited island group and territories. Carried the cross a total of “1 & 1/2 times around the earth at the equator” Carried the Cross 39,060 miles, 62,860 km, 315 nations, island groups and territories. Jesus did it! All glory to God.
March 24, 2009 Carried the cross to Grumman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for the opening of “The Cross, the Arthur Blessitt Story” Movie! 40 Years carrying The Cross Around The World to Every Nation.
June 25, 2012 Arthur cross over the 40,000 mile mark of walking around the world with the cross, Jesus did it. All glory to God
January 1st 2021 carried the cross total of 43,340 miles (69,748 km) and still carrying the cross at age 80. Still feeling great and carrying the cross to special places in the world. Preaching and doing TV. Still sharing Jesus everywhere we go! Now as I carry the cross many times I live stream on social media. Do much ministry on the internet to the world I carried the cross in.
1968-2021 The 54th year of carrying the cross around the world.
Millions have prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and decided to follow Him.
Hundreds of millions have seen the cross in person, on T.V., newspapers, magazines, in social media internet or heard on radio world-wide.
For me the most important thing is that we have sought to be obedient to the will of Jesus and for all the countless people that have been saved as they heard the message of the cross and Jesus around the world.
God bless you, Pilgrim followers of Jesus,
Arthur and Denise Blessitt
Now, for 54 years I have sought to be faithful to Jesus and that call. The walk from nation to nation and across continents has put me in touch with people in all their hurts, pain, struggles, dreams, wars, happiness, hunger, greed generosity, hate, and love. Sometimes I feel the 12 foot cross is the lightest weight I bear. I go with the cross, Jesus and love to people not just as a walker or traveler or adventurer – but as a pilgrim.
I have picked up pieces of bodies that were blown up and put them in piles. I have danced with celebrants at a wedding in Lebanon.
So out of God’s love, His call, I have gone to people and now with Denise. That has sent me across deserts, into jungles and wars. It has led me to world leaders and unknown peasants the world over.
I have shared tips about food, drink, etc… but let me clearly state “I do not follow all the health tips”.
In 1973, I was lying under a mosquito net in Freetown, Sierra Leone ready to start a walk across Africa. I had just been informed of all the horrible diseases there. “Don’t eat the local food, don’t drink the water, don’t bathe in the rivers…there is malaria, yellow fever, cholera, etc…” I had ‘no’ supplies as I do today, I only had God. As I opened my Bible by candle light that first night, I read the words of Jesus from Luke the 10th Chapter “Go your way…whatever house you enter, first say “Peace to this house…remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give…Do not go from house to house…Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them “the kingdom of God has come near you”. That night I made a commitment to God to do what Jesus said.
- Enter the first house that invites me.
- Eat whatever is given before me.
- Drink whatever is given me.
- Pray for the sick there in the house.
5. Say the Kingdom and God has come near.
Over and over again, around the world through the years I’ve eaten things I did not want to touch, and drank water I would not want to bathe in. I have said, “Lord Jesus, kill them all!” And quickly eat it and drink it. And by God’s grace I’m still here. Jesus did it! I give Him all the credit.
Now where I have a choice, I choose healthy things, and we have had to be very careful with Denise’s food and drink.
I want to clearly declare, Jesus is my Savior and Lord. I totally seek to follow Him, love God with all my heart and love others as myself. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in my heart and I know the constant, never changing presence of God. Jesus promised in Matthew. 28:20 “I will be with you always” How wonderful!