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One Crazy Cowboy in the Park... Who can sing!
Shorty Huffman, Senior Pastor, Kersey Cowboy Church
On July 25, 2011, we hosted Scott Brown, a professional rodeo cowboy, singer, songwriter and ordained minister, in Kohler Park in Kersey, Colorado. It was an evening of praise and worship…cowboy style!
We had 150 people in attendance and hampered some by heat and the threat of thunder, lightning, wind and rain, we moved the event into the Platte Valley Middle School field House. We fed everyone grilled hamburgers (freshly ground Black Angus, as you would expect from a Cowboy Church), chips and Eileen’s famous cookies, and all the condiments and cold drinks to boot (pardon the pun).
Everyone had a great time as Scott sang his own songs and shared his incredible humor, even doing the voices of many famous cartoon characters of television history. He shared from the Word of God, making sure that he included a gospel message in what he did.
We had one sweet lady, who was limited to walking with a walker, commit to come to our church, providing we can help her with transportation from Greeley, which we will work on immediately. We had several folks commit to the rededication of their lives to be more Christ-like in their daily walk, and I got to visit with the mayor of Kersey (his wife is a regular attendee of the Kersey Cowboy Church) and he committed to try harder to be in church on a regular basis although his profession as a farmer requires a great deal of time during this season of the year.
Although we did not have anyone accept Christ, I believe we planted seeds that will be harvested in the future! We had a lot of young people there who were influenced by Scott and his love for the Lord and his boldness in proclaiming it!
We had expected over 300 in attendance and we have a lot of food left over so we will have a work day at the BARN and use the food to serve all who come to clean and spruce up our place of Monday night worship. We still meet in the Middle School cafeteria on Sunday mornings.
We want to thank the Colorado Baptist General Convention and the Longs Peak Baptist Association for their support of our endeavor to reach out to our own community, something that many churches fail to do anymore. They reach out in other communities, south and north of our borders, and across the oceans, but fail to minister to those who live next door and across the street.
- We believe, despite the weather, our event was successful in many ways.
- We made the Kersey Cowboy Church more visible and more known.
- We had people hear songs and words that shared about our Lord and Savior.
- We served our community rather than asking them to serve us.
- We gave from our hearts, reaching out to share the love of Christ through a meal and a time of praise and worship that was fun and enlightening.
- We had people respond back that they truly enjoyed the evening and we had many recommit their lives to Christ and others seek to know more about who we are and what we are doing.
As we look forward to next year, we are mindful that all we do that is done for Christ, will never, ever be void!
Senior Pastor Shorty Huffman and Kersey Cowboy Church provided this report to Colorado Baptists with thanks and appreciation for the assistance provided through the Nicy Murphy Colorado Missions Offering that helped make this outreach to the Kersey community possible.