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Issue: "Africa, Inc.," Oct. 10, 2009

Busy at prayer

While others have opened booths along Hunt Highway outside of Phoenix to sell cheap food and trinkets, one man has opted not to sell a thing at his booth. Instead, Matthew Cordell is offering free prayer to motorists on the highway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. The 38-year-old has staked out territory in an empty parking lot and sits outside his car every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the morning rush hour offering to pray for any motorist who wants to stop. His prayer tent has become so popular that some commuters are complaining that it causes traffic jams backing up cars for miles. The Pinal County Sheriff's office has asked Cordell to move down the road a bit to prevent traffic jams, but district supervisor Bryan Martyn says he's not willing to shut down Cordell yet. "As a Christian brother, I'm really interested in what he has to say," Martyn told the Arizona Republic. "He wouldn't be out there if there wasn't a need in the community. Right now, a lot of people just need someone to listen to them."

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