Scott County Man Shares the Love of Christ Through Roadside Ministry


If you have driven the one to two mile stretch of Highway 71 South, just North of Waldron, you may have seen a man happily waving, wearing a white robe and sharing a warm smile from the highway shoulder.

That man is Rick Franklin.

Franklin felt led to spread love, joy and inspiration. He can be seen standing, and waving at all hours of the day, including the wee hours of the morning, even when the weather’s cool. In fact, you can’t miss him.

That’s how Franklin looked when he appeared one morning as I was traveling south. My headlights illuminated his white robe, and I questioned what I had witnessed. A smile crossed my face, and I couldn’t help but think he was there with a purpose, and perfectly timed to do exactly what he felt he was called to do.

“I want people to know that God loves them.”

I feel as if he was there for me, those who went before, and followed, giving us all that reminder that we all need at this moment, maybe each day.

To those who yield their time, Franklin is eager to visit and pray with before bidding a warm farewell. Looking back, the departed may witness him “jumping for joy.”

His smile and enthusiastic demeanor is appropriately displayed as cars approach from either direction. Franklin waves at them all, and most all of them acknowledge his presence with a return favor of a honk, and a wave.

Personally speaking, I admire Franklin for putting himself out there, and sharing his faith in a manner that asks nothing, yet gives everything.

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Jason Baggett

Jason Baggett

Personal favorite quote - "It's the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference."

4 Replies to “Scott County Man Shares the Love of Christ Through Roadside Ministry”

  1. Tammy Forrest says:

    My son and I have seen him many times..yet this morning he was almost to where my husband was killed. It really touched me. God bless.

  2. Sabrina Swilling says:

    I see him most everyday on my way to work or on the way home. The first time I saw him it was about dark and I thought I was seeing I appreciate his boldness in witnessing about our Lord!

  3. Katie bales says:

    That is my uncle is the most amazing man anyone can know I love u uncle Ricky I sure do miss u

  4. Parker says:

    Known Rick most of my life. He’s come a long way baby …. As the old saying goes. The community is lucky to have him, so fun and so full of life.

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