HALFWAY through the interview with Mark Ritchie, an evangelist
who is "putting the cross in front of Britain" by walking 700 miles
with it strapped to his back, he was interrupted by a taxi
"He's just asked my friend, 'What is that then?' and given us
This is one example of the "curiosity" that Mr Ritchie has
encountered since he set out on his route from Brighton to
Edinburgh, and Wrexham to Hull, on Sunday of last week.
The Cross Britain mission started when Mr Ritchie, leader of the
evangelistic organisation 73rd Trust, was praying and "felt led to
walk into the room and put the cross down in the middle. . . This
is what God has put in my heart to do - to put the cross in front
During his 70-day journey, he will host 30 events with the aim
of reaching more than 7000 people. The cross he is carrying is made
of mesh wire and contains Post-it notes on which people have
written "their baggage and stuff and sins".
Aware of the stereotype of the street evangelist preaching
hellfire and brimstone, Mr Ritchie said that it had been
encouraging to see passers-by want to know more about the
On Friday, Mr Ritchie was due to be in Milton Keynes.
Follow his route at: www.crossbritain.co.uk.