ON THE TRAIL
It is a busy time of the year in ministry for us at rodeos and we went to a few Cowboy Churches. We meet new rodeo contestants in the winter and spring rodeos. We make new friendships and we tell them about Jesus.
I was invited to preach at The Risin Sun Cowboy Church in Trinity, Texas where Tawana (TJ Conatser) Henley is doing a good job of moving in as Pastor after Ron and Jo Conatser, her Dad and Mom, passed away last year. She is carrying on where they left off. She is keeping the church active in kingdom of God business. They are using the arena more now for horse events, and plan on continuing with the annual rodeo in October they have produced for many years. TJ has been the Praise and Worship Leader for years also. She is inviting others in the five fold ministries to preach and minister there to help equip the saints with her. We ministered there once in March and will be there twice in April. We see a refreshing taking place in the people. They are ready to grow and affect their area for Jesus.
We also went to the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas to hold Cowboy Church. Don Howell, former President of TRCHOF makes sure Cowboy Church is in the program. Mike Hudson is the current President. They both were my roommates in college. We honor the Inductees each year, and we honor Jesus each year.
Stace Smith Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo produce a lot of rodeos in Texas, especially this time of the year. They continue to welcome us at their PRCA Rodeos to minister. Besides Cowboy Church we spend a lot of one on one time with people.
At the Goliad, Texas PRCA Rodeo they give us the announcer’s P.A. system for Cowboy Church. The message goes to those in the bleachers all around the arena and into the parking lot. It is well attended. This year I spoke on “Sin”- how it separates us from God, how it blocks our blessings, and how it causes death. But the Good News is Jesus died for our sins to be forgiven when we receive Him as Savior and Lord. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” A Bareback Rider asked for prayer over his torn groin muscle after Cowboy Church (which was just before the rodeo). After he rode he smiled and announced to us that there was no more pain.
The contestants and their families are hungry to listen as we show them God’s viewpoint and guidelines from the Bible. Over the years we have seen many receive Jesus as Savior, Jesus as the Healer, and Jesus as the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
It was near Resurrection Sunday recently at some rodeos so we told them about the power of the resurrection of Jesus in our lives when we receive what He has for us- He took stripes for our healing and peace, then He died for our sins. And he rose from the grave. The same Spirit that raised Jesus will raise us from the dead to eternal life. (Romans 8:11). That is powerful and awesome.
Another event we sponsored was a Bull Riding School and Bible Camp in Johnson City, Texas at Cody and Rene’e Haynes Arena. Blu Bryant, former Runner Up World Champion Bull Rider was our Instructor. He ministers the Word wherever he goes also. Blu and Cody did a very good job of helping the students in their bull riding. I also helped instruct some. I taught this group of students on the importance of being a good witness for Jesus at the rodeos and bull ridings they compete in. They left equipped to ride. They left ready and more equipped to serve God as well.
We continue to plant and water the Word of God. God then causes the increase.
On the Trail presenting Jesus.
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