By Patrick Hogan—
The Chi Alpha program at Tarleton State University will once again be providing free rides to and from the Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival.
The LJT free rides program often referred to as the “Jesus Bus” was started in 2004 by former Chi Alpha member Donny Hill. It is a joint effort with the Baptist Student Ministry and several local churches to give people rides to and from the LJT festival in order to keep the people off the roads and safe.
Thomas Moody, current Chi Alpha member and leader, has been a part of the mission for the past few years and said he is excited to be a part again this year. “It is our purpose to give people a safe mode of transportation during what can be a very dangerous time on roads in Stephenville. We also desire to share the gospel that Jesus died in our place, with everyone that gets in our vans,” Moody said.
The mission starts on April 23 and runs through the end of the festival on April 26. The volunteer drivers will be using vans donated by local churches to pick people up at their homes and drop them off at the festival and return them home when they are ready to leave.
“Every year there are people getting caught for drunk driving when there is a safe and free alternative,” Moody said.
Moody also said in order to keep their goal in mind they often repeat their motto, “Keeping people out of jail and out of Hell.”
The number for LJT Free Rides is 254-965-4179.