Jones, a former trucker and president of Transport for Christ International, which sponsors Mr. LeRette's 8-foot wide, hour-a-day chapel. Jones said.
He gets a call while he's on the road -- his kid was hit by a car, his daughter's run away with some motorcyclist. This fellow's 2, miles from home. He's distraught. He's really not in a position to drive an 18,pound rig. It is retrofitting more wheelers with pulpits and plush carpet at the rate of three a year. And with the emergence of other groups, like Truckers for Christ, Truckstop Ministries and the Association of Christian Truckers, some of the 2, truck stops on the interstate highways now hold similar services, and there are roving ''mobile chapels'' cruising the highways.
These days, as easily as they can get mud flaps decorated with naked women, truckers can pick up devotional bumper stickers ''Keep on Truckin' for Jesus'' , audio tapes by an organization called Interstate Missionaries, or a dashboard-size orange cross that lights up when plugged into a cigarette lighter. They can telephone several toll-free trucker prayer lines. There is even a rapidly growing trucking company, Covenant Transport of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Truckers can call in beforehand and request a prayer and if they are on the road, they can pull over during the prayer time. Eugene Coleman, a minister who is driver relations coordinator for Covenant, said the company held a voluntary fast day ''to pray for the safety of the drivers, no rollovers or crashes, and after that, the accidents we were having slowed to only one in several weeks.
With the trucking industry booming as more commodities are shipped by freight the Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are half a million more truckers now than 10 years ago , some religion experts say trucking is a logical ecclesiastical frontier. Randall Balmer, a professor of religion at Barnard College, said the trucker missionaries are a 20th-century parallel to the circuit riders bringing horseback gospel to the pioneers, and to the railroad preachers proselytizing train travelers.
Truck stops can be pretty bleak, pretty godless places, and if you can shine a light there, you've really accomplished something. Even some who want no part of truck-stop religion say having the chapels has helped improve the truck driver's image. Ninety-nine percent of us have families just like regular people.
A few Sundays ago, Silas Anderson, who was taking aluminum pipes to Houston, made a special trip to the chapel at this truck stop, where Interstate 88 meets I, a stopover for long-haul truckers headed in all directions.
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Anderson, 36, once a drug and alcohol user, finds that a trip to the chapel helps him cope with being away from his wife in West Virginia, who he said used to cheat on him while he was on the road. Anderson said. Now if she's doing it she has to answer to God. Gary Hiatt, 53, hauling bananas from Mississippi to Wisconsin, said he had been an alcoholic and found the truck-chapels a comforting supplement to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
And a trucker named Bill he insisted his last name not be used , said he accosted Mr.
LeRette a few years ago, ''angry and bitter'' after a life largely spent dealing drugs, patronizing prostitutes and engaging in gunfights. The Bible says, man, if you turn your back after you know God, you're going to become seven times worse. Bill says that Brother Jay has helped him keep away from his earlier vices and fix his relationship with his wife. Though Mr.
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LeRette, 40, unlike many of the chaplains, is not a truck driver, he says he can relate to the worst problems. On the frequent nights he sleeps in his truck-chapel -- sometimes with his wife and three children visiting from his home 20 miles away -- he is often roused by a trucker's troubled knock. LeRette, who attended Bible college and has spent five years at the busy Rochelle Petro truck stop. I stole a lot of motorcycles. I sold drugs a little.
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At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start. Bible apps for cell phones, tablets or laptops Streaming audio and video Truck stop ministries Bible apps for cell phones, tablets or laptops One of the most convenient ways to use technology to keep in touch with The Word is through the use of Bible apps. Church press release: " YouVersion was created by Life.
Church to help people engage with the Bible. The team designs and builds experiences that make it easy for people to integrate the Bible into their everyday lives. Since , the Bible App offers a free Bible experience on smart phones, tablets, and computers. Blue Letter Bible Widely used for many, many years on computer platforms and claiming millions of users, the Blue Letter Bible is also available for cell phone users. Many churches also provide real-time streaming of their sermons. Sermons online Those seeking traditional preaching on audio can find Charles Spurgeon sermons read by contemporary speakers.
I learned to drive a truck shortly before going into the U. During my two years in the military, I drove truck in Viet Nam for one year then back to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, driving there my last six months in the Army. After the Army I became a commercial truck driver.
During the next 20 years I was in many cities across the United States on Sunday morning wanting to worship, but no way to get to a church. When I reduced my trucking to regional running in , God began to deal with me about ministering to the drivers who were stuck in Atlanta for the weekend.
Thirty-three years later, to the glory of God, and by His grace, we are still trying, and are now in over 82 truck stops in 29 states. Transport for Christ, International Transport for Christ claims to have 89 active locations, which engaged with more than 67, drivers in , and saw more than 1, drivers make professions of faith.
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Jim Keys. He wanted to help truck drivers and build bridges of opportunity to talk to drivers about Jesus Christ. In time, a small modified step van that allowed drivers to visit inside was put into service. At that location, drivers professed faith in Christ the first year.
This move changed the way TFC did ministry. Christ-following truck stop owners and others who observed the decline in prostitution and crime at the truck stops requested a chapel and a chaplain team. Truckers Christian Chapel Ministries Truckers Christian Chapel Ministries says their goal is, "To provide as many Chapel Locations as the Lord allows, within a truck stop setting familiar to the road drivers.
We also minister to travelers who stop in. Each ministry is an outreach of the local church and is maintained, encouraged and supported by the local church. TCCM is currently comprised of over such church ministries, working in truck stops located in 33 states. TCCM, Inc. It was formed to facilitate the establishment, development, expansion and growth of the local church truck stop ministries.
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Association of Christian Truckers The Association of Christian Truckers has a limited number of locations, only three in fact, but its expansive website provides a number of services for its members. They say their vision is to: "Reach the truckers of America showing them the love of God, and sharing the good news of the gospel. Being there for them in their time of need. We will encourage and pray that each one that comes in will leave better than they were when they came in. Regional: Regional Route Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country.
DOT: Department Of Transportation A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety.
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