What the Billionaires Said To Me


The Internet is a wonderful thing; it opens lines of communication between people who would never meet or talk otherwise….

I sent a Facebook message to Madeleine Pickens, the wild horse activist and wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, whom my daughters gave some Gospel tracts to on New Year’s Day at the Tournament of Roses Parade. I thanked her for taking a photo with my kids and let her know that I was the pastor of evangelism at our church. I also gave her the link¬† to the article on my blog.

Well, to my surprise, she sent me a message back!

Also, I forgot to tell you what T. Boone asked me when I took the picture of them both. Here were their messages:

Madeleine Pickens January 7, 2011 at 11:19am

Re: My daughters gave you the big money @ Rose Parade

What a great picture and article! Thank you so much for passing this along!! I am truly grateful to have your support and the mention of our organization on your site. We are trying to bring awareness to our cause and articles like this help us do just that. I wish you and your family the very best in the New Year!


It’s pretty cool that she wrote back, huh?

You’ll also be surprised to hear the question that the billionaire T. Boone Pickens asked me. Can you believe it? One of the richest men in the world asking me a question? Was it something about his next investment? Was he curious to know more about the message of the Gospel written on the phony money we gave him? Was he offering me a job?

Nope. None of those.

He asked me, “How much longer till the end of the parade?”

I bolstered my courage and spoke in my most authoritative voice, “Two more miles.”

I guess he had better things to do than offer a “Princess Wave” to the multitudes at this plebeian event.


  1. Hey at least you got a response. better than no response at all. now see how many from his website will come to the Stone the preacher website.

  2. Nice you got a reply! Keep the communication channels open. Who knows what may develop.

  3. That is great, They might have all the money they will ever need, but only true peace comes from Christ. Our God.

  4. It would have been cool to answer Mr. Pickens, “If you’re talking about this parade, it’s two miles.” Which may have illicited a second question like, “what other parade is there?”…to which you could have responded, “I like to think of life as a parade…you know it’s going to end, but you don’t know when…Mr. Pickens, when your parade is over, do you know where you’ll end up?” Blessings!

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