The Gospel Bus of the Palmers old time religion
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A passage from" A Sower Went Forth" by Martha Palmer, wife of Ralph Palmer ,bus driver, who lived from 1903 to 1976 and traveled extensively in tract distribution and Gospel sign work. This book is available in hardback from Rod & Staff Publishers, PO Box 3, Crockett, KY 41413. (Phone 606-522-4348).
Ralph had not been satisfied with road signs alone but had sign painters put messages on the sides and back of the car and camper. One day as we stopped for gasoline at a service station near Richmond, a man came to Ralph introducing himself as the pastor of a Danville, Virginia, church. "My people have been telling me about seeing this Gospel camper," he said. "They say it seems like everywhere they go they see these signs, 'Prepare to Meet Thy God,' 'Now Is the Day of Salvation.' 'Repent and Believe the Gospel.' They have said how thrilling it is thus to see the Word of God flashed before the traveling public. So I'm glad that next Sunday I can tell them that now I have seen it, too. I can see that this must be a very effective way to impress the message on people who otherwise do not get it. God bless you and keep it up!" After a number of years Ralph decided he wanted to get the signs on the car and camper changed. "I want some stronger wording," he said, "something to warn people about hell." Oh?" I was not very enthusiastic. "Like what?" "Well, like saying, 'Sinners shall be turned into hell,' something to warn them where they are heading." "Won't that be sort of shocking to people?" "Sure it will be shocking! That's what I want—to shake people up! It's in the Bible, isn't it?"
Post Card, c. 1975? Collection Jim Linderman