Man walks from South Carolina to the Grand Canyon carrying wooden cross

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A South Carolina man embarking on a pilgrimage across the U.S. while carrying a wooden cross on his back has saved a woman from committing suicide along the way.

Acie Burleson, 34, of Andrews, said after he became a Christian he decided to follow a Bible verse that commands to 'take up one's cross and follow Jesus'.

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Burleson took that verse literally, deciding to walk from South Carolina to the Grand Canyon - a 2,141-mile journey that he estimates will take about three months.

His journey began on March 11 and since then he's been traveling from town to town on back roads carrying a massive wooden cross he built himself, telling people to 'pray and be ready for the coming of Christ'.

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When asked on why he decided to embark on the taxing journey he said, 'because God called me to do it,' as per Fox.

'When I got saved, God called me out to be a walking memorial for him,' he said to the Christian Broadcasting Network. 'I've never done a long distance like this before. Most of the time it was just town to town. This is the big one. I'm going all out.'

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While the trek is a personal spiritual journey, it's proved life changing for the people he's encountered along the way.

Simply by walking he stopped one woman from taking her own life.

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