Actor John Wayne becomes a Christian because of a note from the daughter of Dr. Robert SchullerFiction!



Summary of 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 died.

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 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 actor.
 You may not know what happened to
him before he died.  This is that
Robert Schuller’s teenage daughter, Cindy, was in a motorcycle
and had to have her leg amputated.  John Wayne is a big fan of Robert
Schuller.  He heard Dr. Schuller say on one of his programs that his
daughter had  been in an accident and had to have her leg amputated.
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 wanted
to write John
Wayne a note in reply.  She wrote:  Dear Mr. Wayne, I got your note.
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 Jesus?  I
sure hope you know Jesus, Mr. Wayne, because I cannot imagine
Heaven being complete without John Wayne being there.  I hope, if you
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, sealed
it, and written
across the front of it “John Wayne” when a visitor came into her
room to see her.  He said to her: What are you doing?  She said:
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 and
he put it in his coat pocket. There were twelve of them that night sitting
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 and
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 can’t you
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 pocket,
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 here,
John Wayne gives his heart to Jesus Christ and I will see her in
heaven.” Three weeks later, John Wayne died.

 You never know how your witness to another will effect their eternity!