Monday, January 23, 2006

Truckin' for Jesus


Transport for Christ has set up mobile chapels for truckers throughout the US. I saw this one at a truckstop in the middle of Pennsylvania while waiting out a snowstorm.

According to their website, TFC's Goal is "that no trucker should have to drive more than a day without being able to find a TFC Mobile Chapel. "

A day? To find a church in rural PA? I think not.

PA is, not suprisingly, full of churches. Only Texas and California have more. According to a study by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, there are "3,235 religious establishments inPennsylvania’s rural counties" and another 5,783 in urban areas.

That's 9018 churches. Real churches. Churches in buildings. Churches with bathrooms and bake sales. Churches with permanent seating and women in the congregation.

Why, in God's name, would truckers want to attend religous services inside a wood-panelled, cargo-hauling box?

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