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Sunday service

Description

In this clip, chaplain Tom Atsma delivers a sermon about the Colossians at the Transport For Christ mobile chapel at the TA Travel Center in Seville, Ohio. Several truck drivers listen to his message, which is occasionally punctuated by the sounds of the truck stop just outside. As Atsma extols the importance of compassion, kindness, and meekness, the idling of truck engines remains audible. This clip is also used in the ARSP Gallery exhibit “Mobile Ministry.

Transport For Christ (TFC) is an international trucker ministry that seeks to connect drivers to Jesus Christ and the Christian community. It is part of a growing evangelical Christian effort to “meet people where they are”: Ministry and outreach occur in the places where people spend their work and leisure time, and are tailored to specific demographics, often through integration with local culture and ambiance.

TFC has placed dozens of so-called “mobile chapels” – which are housed inside of converted semi-tractor trailers – at truck stops across the United States and around the world. At each, a corps of volunteer chaplains wearing blue jeans and Christian trucker hats provides worship services, Bible study, and counseling aimed at truck drivers, but that are also open to the general public. The mobile chapel featured in this recording sits in the TA travel center parking lot. (Lauren Pond)

Event
Sunday service
Community
Transport for Christ
Location
TA Travel Center
City / State
Seville, OH
Recordist
Lauren Pond
Recorded On
2017-08-13
Religious Tradition
Christian (Protestant)
Language
English
Types of Sounds
ambient, preaching/speeches, single voice, speaking, worship service
Types of Space
commercial space, house of worship, indoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
summer
Day of Week
Sunday
Time of Day
morning
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Truck drivers socialize with volunteer chaplains inside the Transport For Christ mobile chapel in Seville, OH, in 2013. Photo by Lauren Pond.
Sunday service
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