Semi-tractor trailers are ubiquitous on American highways. According to American Trucking Associations, nearly 70 percent of American freight is transported by truck. The American economy is dependent on the trucking industry.
However, life can be tough behind the wheel. Family strain, poor health, and long hours are only a few of the issues truck drivers face. As steel mills have struggled in recent years, truck drivers like Pete Douglas, who has hauled steel since the 1980s, have been particularly hard hit. Along with a decline in business, Pete says he faces rising expenses, lower pay, and increasing regulations.
Transport For Christ (TFC), an international trucker ministry, is a source of support for drivers like Pete. TFC has placed at least 28 mobile chapels at truck stops around the United States, including at the TA Travel Center in Lodi, Ohio, which Pete visits relatively regularly. TFC chapels provide Bible study, worship services, and counseling from volunteer chaplains, but more than anything, they offer drivers a reprieve from the struggles and solitude of the road.
Parts of this story were shot for the AARP. Check out the published essay, which starts here.