The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
In 1987, Rev. Clyde Bowen, Enon First Baptist Church Enon, OH, after a series on using gifts from the Lord, took his church directory and prayed for each member that they would become more active. Little did he know that God had already set in motion through other people in Glenn Copes’ life, a course, when first begun continues even now. August of that same year began Truckers’ Christian Chapel Ministries, Inc. Along with Brother Bowen, Glenn went to the Dayton Truck Stop to ask permission to start a ministry for the drivers who came there. They had no prior knowledge of starting and maintaining this ministry. They placed their trust in God to show them the way and open the doors needed to begin.
Jim & Lisa Hazelwood purchased the Dayton Truck Stop and their hearts desire was to provide a ministry there for truckers. They had tried to conduct bible studies with employees and start other related ministries there. Nothing seemed to work. They then started to pray that God would send someone to do this ministry.
When Pastor Bowen and Glenn arrived to ask permission to start a ministry there, God had the door wide open. This was God’s plan and His Ministry, not ours. We maintain that position even today. This Faith Based Mission relies totally on His Gracious Provision through the Local Church and Supporters. We encourage churches close to the highways to pray for truck drivers traveling with their precious cargos and for their families at home.
Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Then and Now
As we make contacts with drivers, we provide Gospel cassette tapes or CD’s in every one of our Chapels. There are currently 16 different messages on tapes & CD’s along with Gospel Music related to the message of salvation. We ask the drivers to listen to it, then pass it on to another driver. These tapes & CD's are high quality produced by our Technical Department. Thousands are distributed annually. We also distribute bible studies on cassettes & CD’s, in booklet form, through the internet with drivers and families, provide a web site presence with trucker related pages and salvation messages, maintain an 800 number for immediate needs, do church follow up, counseling, Chapel Services and continued fellowship with like believers. We are also providing the New Testament on CD’s, our latest venture. We are also looking for Spanish Interpreters to aid us in translation of all our materials.
This non-denominational outreach is rewarding in turning around the lives of people who provide us with basic staples in our stores to high tech defense materials protecting our Nation. Since our humble beginnings, God has provided us with over 116 Chapels, and the dedicated people to minister to our nations truckers. Our ongoing training and communication leads our people across thousands of miles each year visiting and setting up new ministries. Our Mission dedicates itself to further the cause for Christ.
Matt. 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God.
1Corinthians 4:1Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.