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Here’s the latest on Chaplain Joe’s condition; Please read Joe’s posting below. Please continue to pray for Joe and Jan, both.  In respect and love for them we should continue to hold off on trying to contact them for a while, i.e. texting, email, or calling.  They will keep us up to date.


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We were dismissed this morning (Nov. 2nd) from the VA hospital.  I set up the RV before surgery in Stone Mountain RV park so Jan could stay closer to the hospital (10 miles away).
We’re staying here a few more days, probably through the weekend or longer, to get rested up. The surgery went great according to the surgeons. I will go back for a check up on November 16th. Other than pain when I cough, sneeze, etc., I’m doing great.
 
Thank you all for your prayers and concern for us.
Chaplain Joe

Attention Drivers!

We are curious to know how many of you take your children on the road with you and homeschool them. If you could take a moment and email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with simply the number of children you have with you on the road, we would appreciate it. We will keep all personal information confidential, we simply are trying to get some numbers for statistics. 

We know there are approximately 2.5 Billion CDL holders who drive and of that approximately 300,000 women drivers but we have no statistics of children on the road on a regular basis. 

Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.

Adopt - A- Chapel

 

This is a challenging but exciting time for Truckstop Ministries! The future is bright. God has blessed us with awesome supporters and amazing friends and volunteers like you, who are an important part of this ministry. In Luke 14:23 Jesus said, "Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." As resources allow, the ministry of TMI really does go out to the highways.

The Adopt-a-Chapel Ministry is designed to provide a method of outreach for individuals, families, Churches, Sunday School classes, businesses, and corporations. It allows them to have ownership of a part of TMI, and it allows us to have coordinated support for our Chapels. 

The goal is to create ways for the body of Christ to support one another, to be a blessing, and to advance the kingdom of God by meeting the spiritual needs of Truck Drivers through training, teaching, and discipleship. With the Adopt-a-Chapel Ministry, your involvement (however much you decide) directly impacts the relationships of those serving at that location. 

This is an opportunity to partner with others to become more involved in mission work with minimal impact to you. The level of your involvement depends on you! 

There are four ways you can participate:  

  1. Through prayer — with our 10:20 Prayer Impact Ministry
  2. As a Hands-on Partner — Become a Chaplain, Assistant, Missionary Driver, or regular Attender/Worker/Member
  3. Financially — Adopt a Chapel at random or select a specific one from over 75 locations. 
  4. As an Ambassador — Sharing our mission with others, encouraging their participation of reaching the lost with God’s Word. 

 

10:20 Prayer Impact

Our ministry is committed to being effective in reaching those involved in the trucking industry with the good news of God's love. Therefore, the leadership of TMI is asking YOU to help us, through the catalyst of Chapel-focused prayer.

Is there a TMI Chapel in your area? If so, would you consider supporting the local team of Chaplains by being a part of their local prayer team and committing to pray for them? The ministry scope at each Chapel varies, depending on the location and available manpower. Your prayerful support could make the difference. Would you pray about heading up such a team?

Hands-on Partners

You may want to serve with a hands-on approach. Luke 10:2 says, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few.” If you have felt the call of God into the mission field, look no further! As a hands-on Partner you can choose the depth of your involvement.

We need Chaplains. If you have a strong biblical foundation and desire to teach or preach, we need you! We also need Assistants to support the Chaplains. 

Perhaps you’re an over-the-road Driver and you are looking for a place in ministry. Become a Missionary Driver! As a Driver, your mission field is endless. It may be as you travel, or at your next truck stop. Don’t miss out on this ministry opportunity.

Are you an over-the-road Driver, not able to be at your home church? We currently have over 80 locations across the US for you to choose from — become a faithful attender or member of Truckstop Ministries, Inc.! You can: 

  1. encourage and communicate with other attendees and members;
  2. attend and support your Chapel location as part of the TMI family; 
  3. be a financial supporter of TMI;
  4. talk with a Chaplain when you need Godly advice, or when you just want to see how things are going.

 

Financially

Adopt a Chapel at random or Adopt a specific Chapel location. Truckstop Ministries, Inc. has two types of Chapels. The first type is the free standing Chapel, located in strategic locations at various truck stops across North America. These locations require the most support and upkeep. Free standing Chapels require many supplies, such as Bibles, tracts, newsletters, teaching CDs, and other printed media. Interior and exterior maintenance — cleaning and routine cosmetic repairs — are also needed. Electrical power is another expense. What does it cost to maintain a free standing Chapel? On the average, it costs $150 for electrical and $175 for supplies and maintenance — a total of $325 per month. For a further breakdown of supplies or to find out how to support "Full-time” Chaplains, you can contact the National Headquarters.

The other type is located inside the truck stop facility, usually in the TV rooms. This type of facility requires much less support and fewer supplies. Some cleaning materials are occasionally needed. So what does it cost to maintain a Chapel inside the truck stop facility? On the average, it cost $150 for supplies per month. 

Other ways  you can help... 

In addition to the Adopt-a-Chapel Ministry, we are also looking for individuals, companies, or churches that would like to sponsor one of these outreach programs of Truckstop Ministries, Inc. which supply our Chapels: 

  1. Our Audio Ministry: we send out over 5,000 CDs yearly to more than 35 of our locations at this time; this is a great help to Drivers. 
  2. Our Bible Ministry: we order over 5,000 Bibles per year. 
  3. Our Bible Study Program: we also mail Bibles Studies to the Drivers, as a discipleship tool to teach them more about God’s word and deepen their spiritual walk.

 

Be an Ambassador 

At Truckstop Ministries, Inc., an Ambassador is a Christian representative who has a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the mission of TMI. It is a person that desires to bring the ministry of Jesus Christ into the lives of people, demonstrating how the Gospel can help a person live a more abundant life, filled with love, peace, joy, hope, and purpose. In other words, an Ambassador is a person who is "Kingdom-minded." 

The primary Mission of the TMI Ambassador Program is to offer a place in Ministry for those who are excited and gifted in promoting the mission of TMI. An Ambassador is a person who is bold, secure, confident, and a good spokesperson. If this is you, please join with us and be part of an awesome ministry reaching out to others.

 

 

For years and years, the only ways to give to this ministry were by mailing a check or giving cash in person.  Later, we were able to take your credit card information over the phone.  And in the last few years, you have been able to give on our website through PayPal.  As time marches on, all of these methods have developed drawbacks: 

    1. Fewer & fewer people carry cash these days, so when they’re inspired to be generous, they're not able to;  
    2. Checks are slowly going by the wayside as society moves towards being “paperless,” focusing on electronic/digital transactions;  
    3. Calling in to give us your card info every time you want to give can be cumbersome and, from a security perspective, rather unsafe; and  
    4. Even though PayPal fits the bill in a digital sense, we are aware that for some, there is a lack of trust due to one or more factors – including morality.  

Therefore, we did a good bit of research, looking for something that could address these concerns and take us into the future.  So now, as the Apostle Paul said, “…I will show you an even better way!” 

We’d like to introduce our new giving platform:   Pushpay, provided by eChurch – a Christian organization dedicated to removing the barriers to giving.  Whether you want to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation, you can now do it quickly and easily.  (You can even support a specific Chaplain or Chapel this way!) 

You can also text the keyword ‘Truckers’ to 77977, and get a link to give from your phone!

 

  

 

Thank you for your submission. We appreciate your support and interest in Truckstop Ministries, Inc.

TRUCKER’S PRAYER GUIDE

By Rev. Joseph H. Hunter

 

In Matthew 6:9, Jesus gave his disciples a guide on how to pray. What we call “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually an outline on how to pray. Hopefully this will help you develop or expand your prayer life.

I.     OUR FATHER, WHICH ART (who is) IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED (kept holy) BE THY NAME.

       A. ALWAYS START YOUR PRAYER TIME WITH PRAISE! Your prayer time shouldn’t be a want list to a “sugar daddy” in Heaven! It should be a time of fellowship; a casual conversation with your loving Heavenly Father.

       B. Picture Calvary and begin to praise God. You can call Him “Abba, Father.”

      C. Praise the names of God corresponding with the benefits in the New Covenant that are provided through the blood of Jesus: 

BENEFIT

 

NAME

MEANING

SIN

Jer 23:6

Exod 31:13

JEHOVAH – SIDKENU

JEHOVAH –KADDESH

JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTOUSNESS

JEHOVAH WHO SANCTIFIES

SPIRIT

Judg 6:24

Ezek 48:35

JEHOVAH – SHALOM

JEHOVAH – HAMMAH

JEHOVAH IS PEACE

JEHOVAH IS THERE

SOUNDNESS

Exod 15:26

JEHOVAH – ROPHE

JEHOVAH OUR HEALER

SUCCESS

Gen 22:14

JEHOVAH – JIREH

JEHOVAH OUR PROVIDER

SECURITY

Exod 17:15

Psalm 23:1

JEHOVAH – NISSI

JEHOVAH – ROHI

JEHOVAH OUR BANNER

JEHOVAH OUR SHEPHERD

 

II.    THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE
       

      A. First, pray this for YOURSELF, because if you aren’t in a right relationship with God, you can’t lead others!

       B. Then your FAMILY. (Begin with your mate, then your children, then other family members.)

       C. Then your CHURCH (Pastor, leadership, faithfulness of the people).

       D. Then your NATION (city, county, state and national political and spiritual leaders).

      E. Any time you aren’t sure how to pray in any given situation, pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”


III.  GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD


       A. BE SURE YOU ARE IN THE WILL OF GOD. (your prayer life, church life, work habits, obedience in giving)

     B. KNOW THAT IT IS GOD’S WILL TO PROSPER YOU (3 John 2), but that is only so that you can be a blessing to others. Also, you MUST plant in order to reap (Galatians 6:7-8).

       C. BE SPECIFIC. Learn to pray in specifics. Ask God for exactly what you desire (Psalm 37:4). Always remember that your first thought should be His will being done (Matthew 6:33).

       D. BE TENACIOUS. Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Be like a little child, close to Christmas -- they won’t let you forget, and they are VERY specific as to what they want. We should be the same when talking to our Father.


IV.   FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS


       A. ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU. Notice that Matthew 6:12 says: “forgive us our debts (or sins) as we forgive our debtors.

       B. FORGIVE AND RELASE OTHERS. Forgiving others may be hard, but it sure does bring relief later!

       C. SET YOUR WILL TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU. The hardest thing I ever do is ask for forgiveness when I haven’t done anything wrong, but this act brings a cleansing to me that cannot be explained.


V.    AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.


       PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD (put on the Lord Jesus Christ.) Ephesians 6:13-17


       A. Buckle the belt of TRUTH around your waist.

       B. Put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS.

       C. Have your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of PEACE.

       D. Take up the shield of FAITH.

       E. Put on the helmet of SALVATION.

       F. Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

 

IV.   FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER!

      A. Make your faith declarations; begin to receive, by faith, the things you have asked God for. Stand on His infallible Word, the Bible, and know that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

      B. Return to praising God! Keep praising God all through the day, no matter what things may look like, no matter how you feel.

 

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