Wayne becomes a Christian because of a note from the daughter of Dr.
Summary of the eRumor: This
is an inspirational story about the time when a daughter of Dr. Robert
Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral in California experienced a
motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of her leg.
"Cindy" Schuller is said to have received a hand-written
note from John Wayne saying that he was sorry to hear about the
accident and that he hoped she'd be all right. She wrote a note
back to him asking if he knew Jesus and, if not, encouraging him to
meet him so John Wayne would be in heaven. She learned that a
man who came to visit her was going to have dinner that night with
John Wayne, so she asked him to hand-deliver her note. According
to the story, he did and with tears in his eyes, John Wayne told the
man to report back to Cindy that he had accepted Jesus and would see
her in heaven. The email then says that was 3 weeks before Wayne
The Truth: This
is an unusual one because those who would have first-hand knowledge of
the story do not remember it. The name of Dr. Schuller's
daughter who experienced the accident and the loss of her leg is
Carol, not Cindy. She tells TruthOrFiction.com that there
was a communication from John Wayne after her accident, but says she
was so "out of it" that she doesn't remember if she sent a
note back to him and, if she did, does not know whether he made a
spiritual decision as a result of it. In a sermon titled
"Joy...God's Gift To You" that was delivered two years after
Carol's accident, Dr. Schuller said that John Wayne did send
an autographed picture to Carol with the inscription, "Be Happy,
You're Loved!" The timing of the note in the eRumor is incorrect. The
eRumor says John Wayne died three weeks
afterwards. Carol Schuller's accident was in 1978. John
Wayne died in June of 1979.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
This was passed along to me &
I thought I'd send it to each of you! It is so neat!
Most of you know John Wayne as an
You may not know what happened to
him before he died. This is that
story! Robert Schuller's teenage daughter, Cindy, was in a motorcycle
and had to have her leg amputated. John Wayne is a big fan of
Schuller. He heard Dr. Schuller say on one of his programs that
daughter had been in an accident and had to have her leg
John Wayne wrote a note to her saying: Dear Cindy, sorry to hear
about your accident. Hope you will be all right.
Signed, John Wayne The note was delivered to her and she decided she
to write John
Wayne a note in reply. She wrote: Dear Mr. Wayne, I got
Thanks for writing to me. I like you very much. I am going
to be all right
because Jesus is going to help me. Mr. Wayne, do you know
sure hope you know Jesus, Mr. Wayne, because I cannot imagine
Heaven being complete without John Wayne being there. I hope, if
don't know Jesus, that you will give your heart to Jesus right now.
See you in Heaven.
And she signed her name. She had just put that letter in an envelope,
it, and written
across the front of it "John Wayne" when a visitor came into
room to see her. He said to her: What are you doing? She
I just wrote a letter to John Wayne, but I don't know how to get
it to him. He said: That's funny, I am going to have dinner with
John Wayne tonight at the Newport Club down at Newport Beach.
Give it to me and I will give it to him. She gave him the letter
he put it in his coat pocket. There were twelve of them that night
around the table for
dinner. They were laughing and cutting up and the guy happened
to reach in his pocket and felt that letter and remembered. John
Wayne was seated at the end of the table and the guy took the
letter out and said: Hey, Duke, I was in Schuller's daughter's
room today and she wrote you a letter and wanted me to give
it to you. Here it is. They passed it down to John Wayne
he opened it. They kept on laughing and cutting up and someone
happened to look down at John Wayne. He was crying. One of
them said: Hey, Duke, what is the matter? He said (and
hear him saying it), " I want to read you this letter."
He read the
letter. Then he began to weep. He folded it, put it in his
and he pointed to the man who delivered it to him and said: "You
go tell that little girl that right now, in this restaurant, right
John Wayne gives his heart to Jesus Christ and I will see her in
heaven." Three weeks later, John Wayne died.
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