Max Pritchard found the Lord in 1986 at a Wafflehouse Restaurant in Berea, Kentucky. Mesmerized by the pattern of his oatbran waffle, Pritchard conceived of carving the twenty-six characters of the alphabet out of linoleum to produce a system to “hand-print the sacred word of God.” Not a
good student of history, Pritchard was unaware that Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468) had used similar principles for printing the Bible over five hundred years before.
Pritchard was inspired by the life of Jesus, who could turn water into wine and could feed thousands of people from a single loaf of bread. Following Jesus’ example, Pritchard transformed cereal and cracker boxes into biblical tracts. The most common cereal box he used was Nabisco Shredded Wheat.
In 1996 Max Pritchard discovered Promise Keepers, a Christian ministry dedicated to “uniting men through vital relationships to become godly influences in their world.” On Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, Promise Keepers convened a massive gathering in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. Hundreds of thousands of Christians participated in “Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men.” Pritchard was among them, but arrived late.
An avid NASCAR fan, ironically Pritchard did not own a car. It took him two days to hitchhike from Kentucky to attend the rally. Few drivers wanted to pick up a man carrying a bed roll and a stack of religious cereal boxes.
Max Pritchard felt out of place with the Promise Keepers, many of whom wore new clothes and carried cell phones. He wondered if Jesus Christ would own a cell phone and wear a business suit if he lived today.
Feeling slighted, he began to aggressively read aloud from his printed texts of new testament scriptures. Within a few minutes he was whisked away by security agents. After spending a night in the District of Columbia jail, Max Pritchard was placed on a bus to Lexington, Kentucky.
Since then he has never participated in any form of organized religion. He continues to print his religious tracts, often standing on street corners as a “human billboard for God.”
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