Need A New Car, More Money? Try The Prayer Rug

The senior citizens in Virginia Robinson’s apartment building got a precarious package in the mail.

It’s a “prayer rug” from an organization called “St. Matthews Churches.”

The instructions say, if you keep looking at it, you will see Christ’s eyes open.

“At first, I wanted to laugh, and then I thought, ‘You know, this really isn’t a joke,'” Robinson said. “These people know how to push all the right buttons.”

You’re asked to check off what you want the group to pray for. The options include a new car, a better job, or a specific amount of money.

You’re then asked send the prayer rug back to an Oklahoma post office box.

And, you’re encouraged to include a donation.

“I was offended,” Robinson said. “I was upset, and I thought something needs to be done. At least people need to know about it.”

Although the “prayer rug” isn’t affiliated with any specific Christian faith, NBC 10 asked Episcopal Bishop Gerilyn Wolf to take a look at the rug.

“I would say, they should read it, but they should realize that their prayers to God are more valuable than prayers on paper,” Wolf said.

According to the Better Business Bureau of Oklahoma, St. Matthews Churches doesn’t meet its standards for charities.

St. Matthews responded to the Better Business Bureau by stating that it is not a charity but an “evangelical” church.

NBC 10 attempted to contact the organization, but got only a tape recording.

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Feb. 24, 2006

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