Letter to the Editor

Prayer-rug letter looks like scam

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

To the editor:

We received in the mail an envelope containing a message, a Bible prayer rug and a return envelope. The letter was addressed to "Resident" at our home address.

The sender, St. Matthew's Churches, asked us to stare at the picture of Jesus on the prayer rug until we saw "His eyes opening and looking back into your eyes. Then go and be alone and kneel on the Rug of Faith or touch it to both knees." We are then to return the prayer rug, along with a donation and prayer requests. The letter promises that if we do so, we will receive "divine help" in the form of "better jobs, raised in salaries, being able to buy and sell homes, buy new cars, and so on."

I've done a little research on this outfit, and I'm planning to return my prayer rug so it will have to pay return postage. If others in our community are receiving such letters, the Missourian would perform a service by stating the facts about this supposedly religious group, whose "church" seems to be located at the office of their Tulsa lawyer.

IDA DOMAZLICKY, Cape Girardeau