Break the Chain Keep on Truckin'

Created 11/4/2002 (11/4/2002) This is yet another one of those stories we want to be true. Luckily, in this case, it is.

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Subject: FW: An amazing story you'll want to share with others

Always looking for inspiring stories to demonstrate the power of prayer, The Presidential Prayer Team shares this amazing story in the news today. Please pass it on to inspire others.

50 Christian truckers got together to pray to pray that somehow the sniper terrorizing the Washington, DC area would be caught. Ron Lantz would be retiring as a driver in a few days and didn't even live in the area, but he felt sure that God would answer their prayers. In fact, he told the others there that God was going to use him to catch the sniper.

A few days later he was listening to the radio as he was driving again through the region and felt compelled to pull off the highway to a rest stop. It was just a couple of miles from where the prayer meeting had taken place. As he pulled in, he was shocked to see a car similar to what was being described on the radio right there before his eyes.

Carefully trying to read the license plate, a chill went up his back as the numbers matched. He quickly called 911 and remained there for what he said were the longest 15 minutes of his life until the police arrived. He even pulled his truck across the exit, there would now be no escape for these elusive murderers. The rest is now history-the snipers were taken into custody without incident.

Ron's testimony is being beamed around the world today. It shows the power of prayer. And in a class act, showing his true character, when asked what he would do with the award money, he said the half million dollars would simply be given to the victims' families.

The snipers killed 10 and wounded 3 around our nation's capital over the past three weeks, leaving the entire region in a state of terror. Yet out of the great darkness has also come a great beam of light as the world has heard a clear testimony of the power of prayer.

The Presidential Prayer Team is pleased to honor trucker Ron Lantz as today's American Inspiration, and we strongly encourage you to share his uplifting story of prayer with your friends and colleagues. You too can experience the power of prayer, as we pray for the President and leaders of our nation. Join the team at www.presidentialprayerteam.org. Kids can join at http://www.presidentialprayerkids.org. It's free!

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News reports validate the story told above. Ron Lantz, a 61-year old trucker from Ludlow KY, had met with other truck drivers to discuss the ongoing rampage of the Maryland sniper. The group prayed together that the killings would be brought to an end soon. Lantz, the Men's Ministry Director at Central Church of the Nazarene in Fort Right, KY, told neighbors he feels the capture of the killers was a result of that prayer.

The Presidential Prayer Team, created in the days after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., has frequently and repeatedly drawn fire for misrepresenting itself as an affiliate of the Office of the President. They have utilized the President's image and status to drum support up for themselves. Here, it appears, they are trying to draw the same from tragedy. I'll admit their story is uplifting and is probably offered in earnest, but 'once bitten, twice shy,' I guess. There are many news services offering up the same story without the self-promotion, so I would choose to break this chain.

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References: Orlando Sentinel, WCPO, Cincinatti, Snopes.com

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