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September 7, 2009


Arizona Republic - Vendors set up along Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley to peddle turtles, mattresses, tamales and other items. But a newcomer to the scene doesn't have a ware to sell. Hand-painted fiberboards welcome motorists to Matthew Cordell's roadside stop with this message: "Prayer Stand, Drive Thru Open.". . . He's there from 6 to 10 a.m. on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, waiting for visitors with his "assistant," a friendly 5-year-old Chihuahua named Skye. People stop by to make requests for him to pray for things such as the healing of ailments and the safety of children going to college for the first time. "They pull in, I go up to the window, we can pray and they pull out," Cordell said. "And people know they can have their needs met. It seems to be a real blessing."


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