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Todd Dills

Sunday service on the road

| May 11, 2013
Click through the image to visit the CDL Drivers' church website.
Click through the image to visit the CDL Drivers’ church website.

It’s not often religion enters the discussion on the Channel 19 blog, but Pastor and Prime Inc. driver Bob Sauter recently alerted me to the existence of his and Kim Sauter’s project in the CDL Drivers Church of Delivery, holding weekly Christian Sunday services tailored specifically toward fellowship among drivers via conference call at 10:30 a.m. Central time. All that’s required of participants is a simple dial-in: 605- 475-4000, then enter 241042#. 

This technological fix to the problem of how to participate in Sunday worship if you’re stuck on the road over the weekend brings to mind the story of Melvin Hendershot, the driver sidelined by cancer to whose story I know so many of you responded to when his stepdaughter Veronica Hughes put out the call for drivers to boost his spirits by sending greeting cards and other communications from the road his way. At the time, talking to me Hughes described Hendershot as a deeply religious man, who over the years had developed personal relationships with various churches along his routes. “He’d call them and they’d come pick him up and take him to church” when he was over the road, said Hughes.

I’m hoping to have an update on Hendershot soon. As of May 2, in any case, Hughes reported on Hendershot’s Facebook page that he’d made it home after a long hospital stay. Here’s hoping for the best — keep on wishing him the best.

As far as dial-in church services go, if you have another that you utilize regularly, feel free to share in the comments.

 

UPDATE 5/13/2013: 

Veronica Hughes reports Melvin Hendershot’s back in the hospital after about a week at home and urges drivers to keep the cards coming. “He’s still enjoying getting cards. He’s been down a lot, and I wish I had more ways to cheer him up.” Find my initial story about how to get your messages of well-wishes/reports from the road to Hendershot, including an address to which you can mail cards, here.

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