GRACE AND PEACE 2017
In partnership with you the Breezewood Trucker-Traveler Chaplaincy learns anew the meaning of hospitality and Good Samaritan assistance with each person who comes seeking help and answers. Highway life can be a wealth of blessings as well as a threat to the soul with competition fierce at times for the hearts of men and women. The questions do surface: What shall I do? Where am I to go? What is my purpose? We can turn and believe the One Source that holds all guidance, and will never fail in abiding with us. The Lord God Almighty is the One. Praise!
2016 will continue the challenges of recovering and/or uncovering faith in the midst of uncertain times: war and peace, national elections, moral poverty, and robust discussions of the core values in America. The trucking and travel industries many times reflect national trends and priorities. The Breezewood community continues to contribute in many ways to the pace and purpose of a highway economy. Thank you for your part in the stream of Biblical hospitality we endeavor in Breezewood. We value your involvement and interest in helping to re-present the gospel in busy 24 hour a day highway workplaces.
We welcome your consideration of the following outreach projects/donations to the Trucker-Traveler Ministries:
1. Bibles, bookmarks, small crosses or other symbols of faith, devotionals, & phone cards, etc.
2. Preaching/music and Bible on CD or other electronic media for truckers to listen to while driving.
3. Prayer for the ministry, for drivers, their families, travelers, employees.
4. Office help: computer operations, mailings, etc.
5. Ziplock care packages: (suggested items) face towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, razor, deodorant, cracker snack, and devotional.
6. Placement of “truck collection bank” in church or place of work.
7. Involvement as management committee member.
8. Speaking to groups, Sunday schools, civic organizations about the ministry.
9. Financial contributions.
10. Travel bags/duffels, back packs, and socks for foot travelers.
11. Transportation services for stranded truckers/travelers to and from hospital, pharmacy, church services, etc.
12. Sponsoring “hospitality tables:” cookies, fruit, juice, devotionals, Bibles offered in the plazas on holidays.
13. Adopting a local trucking terminal for prayer and/or outreach projects.
14. Sponsoring a Valentine’s or Mother’s Day Card outreach table at the Travel Plazas.
We look forward to your participation and thank-you for helping to make real the expanding witness of the body of Christ in an important workplace. God’s peace and blessings be known among you.
“Sharing Christ at the Crossroads To The South”
Breezewood Trucker-Traveler Chaplaincy
P.O. Box 286, Breezewood, PA 15533
Interview with Bruce B. Maxwell, Chaplain
By Rina Patel, Founder of Aahana Foundation
May 11, 2016
After the tragic motorcycle accident of his brother, a young man of 18 years dropped out of high school and set out from his hometown just north of New York City to journey across the United States. He traveled across the country, where he met a young girl from California and together they journeyed with their spiky long hair, two dogs, and backpacks. Together, they were searching for their purpose. For 10 months, they lived as wanderers, as wayfarers, hopping trains, sleeping where they could find empty space, and meeting other young travelers who were searching for their purpose too. The young man took to the road to continue his process of healing in spaces where he could cope with his grief of his brother’s passing.
After 10 months of silence from his son, the young man’s father received a call shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday from his son. Overjoyed to finally hear that his son was returning home, he made arrangements to bring a small plane to the nearby Carlisle Airport. Chaplain Bruce B. Maxwell had the fortune of driving the couple to the airport. As Bruce finishes his story, he recalls a moment he will never forget- the moment that the father embraced his son after months being away from each other. As Bruce finished the story, I could feel the power behind the months of pain that the father and son spent grieving apart from one another.
Chaplain Bruce B. Maxwell feels it is his purpose, to be of presence for pilgrims journeying through Breezewood. Whether they are truck drivers, travelers, or lost wanderers getting settled in a local motel for a week, two weeks, or 2 months, he is there to be a listening ear, be of help, or provide the time or energy for whatever is needed in the moment. Sometimes they come off the bus, on a bicycle, or on foot. He meets wayfarers who are healing and searching for their purpose, much like the youngsters who journeyed across the United States.
Just 15 minutes earlier, we had walked into Gateway Plaza, a travel center popular among truckers traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Nestled in the small town of Breezewood, this area is popular for travelers journeying from the west to Washington D.C. or Baltimore, Maryland. With just a few gas stations, fast food restaurants, and a handful of hotels and motels, this small town has a constant stream of people coming in and out.
For the past 15 years, my father and uncle have owned a few small businesses in this town and have come to know the town people very well. For years, my father has shared stories of “extreme work and extreme forgiveness” of some of the beautiful and generous souls who live in Breezewood. I have grown up hearing stories about one of these souls. After years, I finally had the chance to meet him.
Bruce’s story in Breezewood doesn’t start until 1992. He joked, that he “married into Pennsylvania”. He is married and has 3 talented children who are 6, 14, and 15 years of age. He was born in West Virginia and grew up in upstate New York. His father is a retired college professor and his mother is a retired professional musician who played in churches for most of her career. His grandfather lived through the Great Depression and always said to him, “If times get bad, education is something they can never take from you.”