Lance Rowe - Visual Evangelism

In January of 1997, I was sitting in the back of my stepfather Burt Keenan's Minivan when all of a sudden he yells out, "Hey look, there's Jesus!"  I look up and there is a man wearing a white robe and carrying a cross on his back walking down the side of the Mississippi highway.  Excited, I asked Burt to please pull over.

    "Oh come on Harrod, I'm not pulling over for Jesus.  He'll be there after breakfast still walking down the highway."

    I was kind of disappointed not to be stopping but he was right.  After Breakfast, Jesus was still walking on the side of the road and I got let out the car with my camera in hand.  Since my mother and Burt lived in Pass Christian, Mississippi,  I  had them drop me off and I would walk home to their house later.

     As it turned out, Lance Rowe is the man's name and he is a very sane man on a mission.  He sincerely wants to "Praise the Lord" and encourage others to do the same.  He is not trying to be Jesus as many people believe.  What he is doing is a form of visual evangelism and it works. 

     I was amazed that in the few hours I spent with Lance, several cars pulled over and the people asked him to say a prayer for them.  One woman had lost her son in a fire, another man was worried about his sick wife, and another woman just wanted to hold his hand.  One man with a shaved head was really upset because he felt that Lance was mocking his faith in Christianity.  After a long explanation Lance reassured him.  It didn't matter that Lance was not really Jesus.   The point is that the image of
Jesus walking down the highway works in getting people thinking and talking, regardless of their own faith.

     Lance does have a web site and a newsletter about his many experiences and adventures: