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ABOUT US: Welcome to Cowboys of the Cross: your resource for Christian cowboys. Cowboys of the Cross is the new home for Riding for Christ Ministries, providing cowboy church and outreach to the rodeo and cowboy community for more than 10 years. The new web site is your source for stories of faith and encouragement as well as devotions and news and information affecting cowboys of faith. Cowboys of the Cross also serves to minister to rodeo cowboys and bull riders by traveling to rodeos, bull ridings and equine events across Canada and the United States. Learn more about us here:   MORE ABOUT US HERE

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By Scott Hilgendorff/Cowboys of the Cross

1 Thesssalonians 5:6-8 “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 
Moving into the Bible belt, I honestly thought I'd see a lot more evidence of Christianity beyond the huge number of churches there are. 

You hear so much about this place or that place being the 'buckle” of the belt which creates the expectation that you'll see more outward signs of Christianity. And for sure you can be in public places and overhear a churchy conversations. However,  the greatest evidence I hear of Christian faith comes from the physical presence of mission organizations like homeless shelters or attacks against Christians in the news and our own efforts to defend the attack. 

Absolutely, there is evidence of the faith all around that goes unseen of neighbors helping neighbors but it always stands out to me how rarely I see people pray before a meal in a crowded restaurant. 

For sure, our prayers are not to be a spectacle to call attention to ourselves, away from God, but when we develop a praying heart that comes from living out those 1 Thessalonians verses, praying becomes a natural part of what we do. 

Praying before a meal in public doesn't have to be done for show or to call attention to ourselves, it's just a natural place to pause in the day and give thanks to what God has provided. When praying becomes just a natural thing to do, there won't be a sense of calling attention to ourselves because at any moment there's time to pause, we just naturally see that as an opportunity to pray. Just like before a meal, what other ways can you think of that you could add prayer to your daily routine? At a rodeo, when you're saddling and unsaddling your horse, it can be a perfect time to pause and pray while you're getting ready. A horse trailer even provides a private place to just step away from everyone and make a few moments to pray in private. It just takes being intentional and making time. You'd be surprised how often it can be added to the routines of normal day, away from the rodeo grounds. 

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I recieved a message from Scott asking me to write my testimony for Cowboys of the Cross, I was stopped in my tracks for a few minutes; the irony, I was talking on the phone at that time to a pastor friend of mine, Don Mayberry. He was asking if I would announce a bull ride for their cowboy church so I stopped him in midsentence and asked, “How do you write your testimony?”

He said to just start typing and it will come; it was that simple.

I was born and raised in a Christian farming and cattle

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Storm Denison,

Wichita, KS

Rodeo Announcer

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