Man wants Jesus on your mind

Published 12:39 am Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Correction: Lane Rowe started his walk in Venice, La., on Dec. 29, 2001.

FERRIDAY — Lance Rowe’s plans to put Jesus on people’s mind, only if for a split second, works.

Rowe spent Saturday walking U.S. 84 in Concordia Parish, dressed like Jesus and carrying a cross.

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“If people ride by and think to themselves, ‘Who does this guy think he is, Jesus?’ then I’ve gotten them to think of Him at least once during their day,” Rowe said.

Rowe said he started his trek in Venice, La., on Dec. 29, 2001.

His prayer march gives him a chance to catch people’s attention and make them think. If they’re intrigued enough to stop he gets a chance to talk to them about the Lord and hopefully say a prayer for them.

“Our nation is hurting,” Rowe said.

“We’re divided racially, economically and even spiritually. The most segregated day of the week is Sunday. It would be nice if we could all pray together.”

A Tennessee native, Rowe isn’t alone on his mission. He meets his wife at planned checkpoints after a day of marching and is accompanied by his son, 15 year-old Elijah, during his demonstrations.

“It is surprising how the Lord looks out for you,” said Rowe, waving at a motorist who honked, smiled and yelled, “Keep it up!” as he passed by.

“I helped that guy’s brother find the Lord some years ago in Baton Rouge. I had no idea that (the motorist) had moved down here until he saw me walking earlier today.”

“There will always be hate in the world no matter what,” Rowe said. “So I’ll just keep walking and praying for reform in our church and our land.”