June sure seems like it flew by and we are nearly approaching the tipping point of our summer ministry season.
As we have in the past, on the way to our first Rodeo Bible Camp of the season, we stopped in Strong City, KS to partner with the Flint Hills Community Church in ministering at the Flint Hills Rodeo. Flint Hills, in my mind, is the classic outdoor summer rodeo and it truly is a joy to get to just experience it...let alone serve the Lord there. This was the second year that the church provided a prayer breakfast for the contestants and volunteers where I had the opportunity to give a quick message.
From there I headed out west to Rifle, CO for the Flat Tops Rodeo Bible Camp. This was my ninth year preaching at the camp and teaching trick riding. This year I had a little help for the trip as one of our Ottawa, KS youth, Matt Rodina, went with me to be a camper in the bareback riding. After about ten minutes of being on the fairgrounds and as we were hurrying to get horses taken care of and get Matt set up in the boys dorm, Matt said to me, "you've got to be kidding me, everybody knows you here." It was pretty funny at the time because kids kept running up to me and saying some variation of, "Cory, how's your year been?"
The relationship, that's taken nine years to build, blesses me so much! The minute I step out of the truck at this camp (and most camps really), the Lord's opened the door for me to start sharing with the kids! The relationship's already there...I just need to be faithful in presenting the Word!
From Rifle I headed up north to Des Moines, IA for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo. There, as in years past, I ministered to kids all week long to the contestants and families with daily devotions, prayer behind the chutes, coaching kids in the invocation, and Cowboy Church Services. This year setting up and helping a handful of contestants lead the invocation during each rodeo performance was a special blessing. Each and every contestant that helped not only covered the performance in prayer but also closed out their prayer with a Gospel presentation. How cool is that? Junior High contestants ministering to other Junior High contestants!
I could keep writing but instead I'll just include a few more pictures from June (included below). As you pray this month, please remember the Texas Rodeo Bible Camp (Pampa, TX) and the National High School Finals Rodeo (Rock Springs, WY).
Leslie and I so appreciate your prayers and your financial support! We simply can't do this without your faithfulness...thank you!