by Eva Wilson

Free food!

The faces of professional drivers broke out in big smiles when they learned a free lunch was being served during a special event held at TA Travel Center, Beto Junction, Kan. It was part of National Trucker Driver Appreciation Week.

TA and Blue Stem Truckers Chapel at Beto Junction sponsored the event.

Beto Junction is located at the junction of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 75 in Kansas. It draws its name from the first letters of nearby communities – Burlington, Emporia, Topeka and Ottawa.

Blue Stem Truckers Chapel began in 1999 under the leadership of Bill Kneisly and his late wife, Sylvia. Kneisly was director of missions in Blue Stem Baptist Association at the time. Blue Stem Association later merged with Kaw Valley Baptist Association to become Flint Hills Baptist Association.

Lonnie and Cindy Davis took over the ministry in spring 2020 after long-time director Bruce Johnson had to step down. The Davises are members of Ruhamah Baptist Church, Rantoul, Kan. The church’s pastor Dave Pease grilled the meat during the celebration. TA Travel Center donated the food.

Many drivers commented that they hadn’t seen this kind of support anywhere else, Lonnie Davis said.

“The TA Travel Center associates also thanked us for making this event happen.”

Sixty-seven gift bags were distributed. The gift bags included a pocket New Testament and a gospel tract.

Other gifts also were handed out.

“We discovered that visor clips, gloves and steering-wheel trays for holding food were big hits,” Davis said.

It was a blessed day as professional drivers realized how much they are needed and appreciated.

Thousands of professional drivers travel the interstates and highways in Kansas and Nebraska every day. How can your church reach out to them?