Horsin’ Around 6-29-09
Fort Collins, Colo.
Every summer, Rodeo Bible Camps are amazing events around the country. l haven’t been able to attend any for the past four or five years because of my job. However, this summer I was able to attend one at the little town of Grover, Colo.
I had forgotten how much enjoyment they have been for me. Oh yes, hard work and long hours are involved but when you see 20 rough and tumble young folks surrender their lives and commit to the Lord, it is all worth it.
About 60 teenagers showed up for the camp. There were bull riders, bareback bronc riders, barrel racers, goat tiers, team ropers, breakaway ropers and horsemanship students. All with horses they needed to care for when not in their event and all excited to learn something. I taught school for 12 years and never have I seen so many young people wanting to learn.
All students camped in tents with an adult adviser with each individual group of about six or seven students. At the end of the day they all walked over to the Grover school and took showers in the school facility donated for the event. John Becket and his boys built a shower for the adults. They converted a horse trailer set up with about four showers and a sink with hot water for them. John Becket’s wife along with volunteer women did the cooking of three meals a day, not an easy task.
Prayer was offered before each meal and dynamic evening messages given by Pastor Rick Carlson who took time away from his River of Life church to spend time with the young people.
The final rodeo was rained out before the kids could demonstrate what they had learned to the parents who showed up. However everyone departed very tired but lifted up from the event.
Prior to his retirement, Roger Thompson was a CHA certified instructor of advanced Western horsemanship and beginning English riding.
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