How often do you see a chapel at truck stops? It may not be something everybody notices, but it is something I not only notice but seek out. When I’m on the road over the weekend, attending church is quite a challenge. It is a real struggle to find a truck stop with a chapel service on Sunday morning.
A couple of weeks ago I shared this with a gentleman on a Saturday evening while I was chaining his tractor to my trailer. I was hauling it across western Nebraska for a Sunday unload near North Platte. Since I would be oversize, I told him I was chasing the remaining sunlight to make it to the TA in Ogallala (I am restricted to daylight driving hours only with a load of that size) because I knew I could attend a chapel service there on Sunday morning. What followed was pretty cool. We openly discussed our faith and he invited me to a Sunday morning service at his church the next morning. I accepted his offer. As it turns out, I was the only person at the 8:00 am service in the parking lot who drove a big truck with an oversize load I was welcomed be everyone…including being recognized during the service by the pastor. It was a nice church with a very good message being spoken.
Unfortunately, had I made it to Ogallala, there was no guarantee of a Sunday service anyway, even though one may be scheduled. Too often I am the only person in attendance. Many of these chapels have only one chaplain. For whatever reason, chaplains do not always make the service either.
A huge thank you to Bosselman, Sapp Brothers, and TA/Petro for their efforts to work with different ministries to bring us Sunday morning services. It breaks my heart though to be the only person in attendance. Many of the formal trucker ministries are struggling to provide consistent chaplains. In some cases, the chaplains also drive and therefore cannot be at the same chapel each week.
My weekly challenge of finding a Sunday service while on the road, as well as the meager driver attendance, has reinforced why I am out on the road to begin with. I know God has called on me to bring His word to the big road. There are lost people everywhere and my calling and ministry is to save lost truck drivers.
I still haven’t figured out exactly how I am to accomplish this directive. I share devotions each morning with anyone who accepts my invitation to listen on Channel 16. I am working (slowly) on putting together a daily devotion specifically for truckers. If there are suggestions from others, please contact me by email.
If I can send a message to other drivers already saved: God has called us to serve, not to be served. Explore the links below for the various trucker ministries. There may be more, but this is what I am aware of. Participate in the services and invite others to attend. If you feel called, volunteer your time with one of them. If you are unsure what you can do, reach out to me.
Here is a link to TA’s ministry page. These ministries are not limited to TA. Please check them out.
Thanks for reading! Remember…keep the rubber down and the antennas pointed up.
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