Hey Buckaroos!

JMI was recently honored to be the beneficiary of $1,005 raised from a Barrel Race Rodeo put on by Cross Creek Cowboy Church in Vale, North Carolina.  Better yet, Pastor Alan Davis has promised to make this an annual event on our behalf!

Cross Creek is a mission of Hulls Grove Baptist Church.  According to Alan, they provide a ministry that is tailored to, and particularly appreciated by farmers, ranchers and, of course, cowboys!

Alan, himself, is a bi-vocational pastor.  When he’s not sewing seeds from behind the pulpit, he’s a farmer growing apples, vegetables and hay.  Like all farming, it’s a boom or bust life that makes one totally dependent on God and the provision of rain.

“Barrels on Purpose,” as the event was tagged, was the church’s first attempt at a fundraiser and attracted 50 happy participants (there would have been many more save for another similar and more established event across their southern border).  The barrel riders pay a fee, not only for their competitive runs, but also for every preliminary run they make as they acclimate their horses to the arena.

On a personal note, I am proud to have JMI affiliate with the Cowboy Church culture and the good folks that live in the country.  My grandfather was a farmer and I appreciate the values that come with hard work, close families and a deep dependence on the Father.

On behalf of the orphans in Moldova who may never know of your care and generosity this side of Heaven, thank you Cross Creek Cowboy Church!

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