Christian Truckers in a Changing World
Her name is Peggy Sue with Mark Crouch
The Transportation Industry
Trucks are responsible for the majority of freight that is moved from the shipper at one point to the receiver which is usually a distribution center that uses smaller trucks to transport the received goods to the stores. Trucks are vital tools in the manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing industries.
The drivers of large trucks and buses require a special commercial drivers license to be legal to operate their vehicle on our nations highways. Drivers are required to follow special rules and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association that govern their hours of service.
Recent developments in technology have contributed to many improvements within the industry such as on board qualcomm communication systems operated by satellite communication which allow the companies to monitor and send information to their drivers including their pickups and deliveries. This on-board communication system is now being used to replace the paper logs that drivers were required to keep current with their last change of duty status. These logs along with their completed trips were to be mailed to their company to be placed in their file as a record in case an agent from the department of transportation decided to visit and do an audit concerning the operation of the company to verify that they were in compliance with the law governing the transportation industry.
Satellite communication can now be programmed to allow the company to record the location and the movements including hard braking of their trucks thus allowing electronic logs to monitor and record the drivers hours of service thus eliminating the need for paper logs. Satellite communication can also be used as tracking devices to monitor their trailers. This new technology has contributed to many improvements within the transportation industry.
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I grew up working on trucks in my dads shop and my main job was engine rebuild consisting mostly of trucks from a large trucking company where my dad was employed as an A-class certified mechanic. In the late 70's I started driving part time for this company pulling a drop deck used to transport out of service trucks from one terminal to another through multiple states which contributed to my over the road experience needed to land a job as a driver for a larger company.
I remember radio stations playing a song named Convoy by C.W. McCall which prompted many people including teenagers to purchase a CB radio. One of the trucker's favorite artist was Red Sovine singing his hit song "Teddy Bear." It was not long till other artists got in on the movement including Hollywood making a movie called "Smokey and the Bandit" which was about using a semi to transport Coors Beer from Colorado to the east coast which was against the law.The main stars in this feature were Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed. The movie became popular with people of all ages using a trucker song named "East Bound and Down."
The citizen band radios used in the movie became popular with the public however they were controlled and governed by the Federal Communications Commission. To own a radio one had to obtain a license however with more and more people purchasing radios the FCC soon turned the other cheek and let people get in on the action sparked by the excitement toward the truckers.
Without Trucks Where Would We Be
There are over a half-a-million truckers moving our nations goods day and night from Coast to Coast. In the United States alone we have seven to eight million truck drivers carrying special commodities which required a driver to leave home and family encountering hazards and adverse weather conditions to service stores and supply chains throughout our nation. The lifestyle that many take for granted requires a great sacrifice because the driver may miss important events such as ball games, birthdays, anniversaries and even emergency's in the family but somebody has to do it and truckers are a rare breed.
The trucking industry has a culture of its own made up of drivers, dispatchers, loading dock workers, and truck stop employees. In the last twenty years, truck stop chapels have appeared across the nation with on duty chaplains on for truckers. Some of these chapels would have live services and invite the drivers to come and take part in the service. This became very popular however in the last three years the new rules of service governing the industry has made it difficult for the drivers to find the time needed to attend a chapel service.services
I remember in this same era an Evangelist appearing on the scene by the name of Mays Jackson. He was featured on several radio stations across the country calling his program "The Truck Drivers Special." This program was geared to reach out to the professional drivers with a message of hope and comfort. He was loved and cherished by many people as an Evangelist to the truckers.
DOT Rules and Regulations Good or Bad
Trucking can be a lonely life and it takes a special breed of men and women to commit themselves to life on the road. In recent years, the truckers have lost their image as the knights of the road.
With the deregulation of the industry, more and more companies are appearing on the scene looking to hire people fresh out of the truck driving schools. Some of these fresh recruits portray an attitude as being selfish and unwilling to learn from the older drivers. They tend to be lax on morals and family values. These reckless drivers have contributed to more and more rules being enforced upon the industry causing the older experienced drivers to start scouting for another means to support their family.
Some People in today's society walk around as if in a shaken state of mind and dull in their senses. This attitude can be viewed in the way they treat each other in public and can be seen in the way they drive. These people have no patience or respect for their fellow man. They drive and live their life as if they are in a hurry to go nowhere.
The enforced rules of service meant to govern the industry are taking their toll upon the companies attempting to service their customers. These changes are affecting the drivers ability to make a decent living and support their families.
The new rules of service especially the 14 hour rule is making it almost impossible to find a safe place to park before night fall.
The new enforced DOT rules state that drivers are allowed to drive 11 hours in a 14 hour day allowance. Their daily routine consists of having to take a 30 minute break before driving 8 hours. Once they start their day, nothing will stop their on duty 14 hour status except 10 hours in the sleeper birth. If they are held up 6 hours at a shipping dock, that time cannot be logged as off duty but is considered as on duty which greatly decreases the hours left to finish their run. If they start their day at 7 AM, then according to the new rules of service, their day will end at 9 PM. Most of your large companies today are using electronic logs which will alert the driver when he is approaching his required 30 minute break including the 11 hour driving rule.
These enforced rules are taking its toll on the transportation industry and is contributing to a driver shortage. The demand and supply of goods is increasing everyday as more and more customers are waiting for the last minute to order their supply of goods scheduling just in time arrival to maintain their business. This allows them to reduce warehouse freight and reduce overhead cost to run their business.
Because of these new rules especially the 14 hour rule, more and more drivers are finding it difficult to find a safe haven to park their trucks especially at night.
Well known truck stops are adding to the problem by charging drivers for parking spaces. Until recently, most truck stops have provided free parking for the drivers however since the electronic logging devices became mandatory, the need for parking the big rigs in a safe haven has become a problem especially after nightfall.
Some of the leading truck stops have added to the parking problem by starting to charge drivers for parking their places and have people patrolling the spaces day and night to make sure the ones that are parked are on their registrar .There may be thirty empty places in the day time and all the free spaces are full but the lot is still patrolled making the unregistered drivers move or leave.
Some of these same truck stops are removing their sit down restaurants and replacing them with fast food servers that pay rent to occupy their space and serve the drivers. These changes tend to send the signal to the drivers that we want you to spend your money then leave our premises. There is a movement in the beginning stages forming to protest against truck stops using the ELD mandate to their advantage by charging for their parking spaces.
Revival on 18 Wheels
The transportation industry is vital in enabling us to enjoy the elegant lifestyle that we have become accustomed to especially in this age of modern technology.
Some drivers spend months on the road to get our nations goods from one coast to the other. Many times this run can be completed in less than a week. This provides an afforded opportunity and a platform to take the good news of the gospel on eighteen wheels to those in need.
In 1978 the Lord called me into this industry and in 1987, I started running from coast to coast using the CB handle call sign "The Guardian Angel. " I used this pen name in my radio and TV programs and received great response from my listening audience.
I used this pen name instead of my real name because I wanted people to see the Living God that had changed my life because I knew the message I was presenting was able to change their life forever.
Being a minister of the gospel has helped broaden my knowledge of the word of God. I have been blessed to witness many souls saved and healed through the mighty handy work of the Holy Spirit living and operating through my ministry. I am gifted to write Christian books taken from my life and ministry to help inspire others. I want them to get to know the one that helped me through my own misgivings and some these trials have been very costly and painful.
I write through my many life experiences which has gained me valuable knowledge and wisdom. I write my books with more of an emphasis on the message my own recognition.This is my way of allowing the Lord to leave his signature through me to my generation.
In previous years, I have been blessed to minister both in Radio and TV ministry, which caused me to be known in the trucking industry as " The Guardian Angel" It was in the early 90's that I realized the need to train drivers to minister to other drivers and do it in a modest way with a word in due season to someone in need.
The Lord kept dealing with me about starting a ministry to train and equip truckers to become chaplains because God used two on duty truck stop Chaplin's Joe and Kris Tackit to give me a word that not only stopped me from taking my life but changed my life forever.
God desires to reach the undesirables that have been rejected by the church at large and I feel in my heart that I am one of the ones that he will use here and abroad to accomplish this goal.
Apostle Don and Brendon Stewart /Don Stewart Ministries
My Vision For Truckers
My vision is to reach out to these hurting people especially truckers and introduce them to sources that specialize in seminars and work shops geared to build their confidence accept the call on their life and use what they have learned to help others. My desire is to equip and send these anointed chaplains out to bring vision and purpose to a lost and hurting world.
The Living God revealed to me that I was to be one of the leaders chosen for the next move of God and my ministry would be a viable tool in the end time revival that is already forming before our eyes. God also informed me that he had plans to move into my industry and call truckers forth to spread his gospel that no person or organization would be able to control. He informed me that there was to be a revival start in this industry that would usher millions into his kingdom.
Truckers can be used of the Lord to take the good news to someone six hundred miles away and do this in ten hours. Truckers are a tough breed that usually meet the demands placed upon them because they are used to hard living and overcoming things that would cause a normal person to give up and quit.
I believe that if the Lord were here today that he might be found in a truck because if we study his earthly ministry and the type of people he was found to be with, we would discover that most likely he would be parked in a truck witnessing and ministering to a hurting and needy soul.
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