As a fresh-faced, hopelessly conservative young man, Blessitt heard about the burgeoning hippie movement and headed straight to Southern California to win hearts for Christ. He began passing out tracts and preaching the gospel in Griffith Park, where his sincerity led him to be dubbed “The Minister of Sunset Strip.”
Blessitt built a vibrant ministry reaching out to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the criminal, but in 1968 everything changed, when he says God told him to pick up a cross—a physical cross—and carry it to the ends of the earth. Puzzled but amazed, he accepted the call, only to suffer a near-fatal aneurysm shortly thereafter. In the hospital, he was told that he should refrain from physical activity, so he figured he would have to give up his task. But then he had a profound realization: “The circumstances don’t alter the call.” Off he went. (article in Christianity Today reviewing movie of Arthur’s life: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/reviews/2009/crossarthurblessittstory.html)
“Jesus did it. All Glory to God!”
(From the official Arthur Blessitt web site)
I was a Senior in high school when Arthur Blessitt began carrying the cross. I was a fairly conservative hippie type and was amazed at what Mr. Blessitt was doing. Today I wish him the happiest of birthdays. He has changed the world for many, many people.
God bless you for your obedience, Arthur Blessitt,