The Lord has done some really amazing things in this area of BFM. We honestly never thought we would be involved in cowboy ministry but quickly came to the realization if God has something planned, it’s going to happen. The cowboy ministry is definitely one of His orchestrations.
Our family has always lived in the country, owned horses and occasionally attempted gardening, but we were NOT rodeo material. If we were to have a cowboy ministry, it would only be because of the Lord’s doing, not our own.
In February 2010, we went to our first bull riding/barrel racing event – the National Bull Riders/Barrel Racers finals in Raleigh, NC. It was the NBR’s biggest event of the year. We all laugh now when we look back on that weekend.
We didn’t have a clue.
By God’s grace, we connected with a few of the guys and girls competing as well as with the contractors which opened the door to continue serving this incredible group of people. That weekend began a sweet season where we were involved with the Professional Bucking Bull Association and the National Bull Riders/Barrel Racers on a monthly basis. Countless blessings and life lessons had a huge impact on this ministry in the process. After both associations dissolved, we wondered what our next step would be in this area of ministry and waited on the Lord to show us.
In 2013, God opened the door for us to begin a partnership with Todd Pierce – chaplain of the Professional Bull Riders association and minister through Riding High Ministries. Since then, we’ve led worship for PBR church services, traveled to the west coast for prison tours, and also assisted Todd in his very special presentation of the gospel, “Born Wild, Created to be Free.”
We’ve made some very dear friends in the bull riding family/cowboy community and always look forward to the time we’re able to spend with them.
Loving through our actions more than our words is what has made the difference, and if anyone has received a blessing, it’s been our family. Mark always says, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being around these guys, it’s how to push through the pain to do something you love.”
Imagine what this side of Heaven would be like if we as followers of Christ always did the same.