In the 22nd season of the reality television show "Survivor," in Nicaragua, a new twist allowed castaways eliminated during Tribal Council to find a form of redemption as exiles combating in duels on Redemption Island.
My life is changed," said the newly divorced mother of two to Probst.
"I see Matt's story with God, and I am looking forward to going back home, finding a church and getting involved."Mike Chiesl, the 31-year Iraq War veteran from California, said he was also inspired by Matt's story.
He survived the first duel and endured on Redemption Island for 29 days, longer than any castaway on the show.
During that time, Elrod was shown praying for strength and wisdom in the game.
In reality, Elrod had a hard time blending in with his tribe.
Ometepe tribe leader and “Survivor” veteran Mariano ordered his alliance members to vote off Elrod after he tried to align with fellow cast member Andrea Boehlke.
In an email to The Christian Post, Chiesl said, "I did not grow up in a religious family, but after turning 30 knew that I needed to dive into the Bible and work on my spiritual self."Chiesl said Redemption Island provided him and others the opportunity to mull over the Word of God."It was really great to have a Bible in the game," he told CP.
"There can be some substantial down time and opening up some discussions on God's word is one of the best things we can do.
"My strong relationship with the Lord is a strength and guidance you can't find anywhere else," expressed the 25-year old former Miss Alabama contestant.
The two were shown praying in preparation for their duel against each other. Matt used that Bible to encourage himself and the other cast mates sent to the island.
Most notably, Elrod's scripture reading inspired Zapatera tribe member Julie Wolfe to rekindle her faith.