As many of you know, one of the biggest blessings that we have encountered while being on the mission field is the privilege of ministering with our new friend Doug. We met Doug the first day here and he has become a vital aspect of our ministry. Without his connections in the community, we would not be able to do many of the things that we do. Not only have we been able to minister with him, but we have seen God transform his heart each and every day.
|This is Doug, continue to pray for him as God continues to use him!|
I said all of that to say this- Doug has a passion to reach the people of his community and introduce them to the same God that transformed his life. One way that he has recently done this is by holding the first ever cowboy church service at a rodeo here on the reservation. This wasn't just any rodeo, this rodeo was held by his Dad, and most of the people participating only knew Doug from his former way of life. So it was a crowd of people that probably knew him better than anyone, and now he was standing before them explaining to them, first hand, about the power of God and the salvation that comes only through knowing Jesus Christ.
I was privileged enough to get to participate, in the church service not the rodeo :), and it truly was awesome. Here are a few pics of the church service and the rodeo.
|Some of the singers during the service (Harold & Patricia)|
|My little cowboy and his rodeo buddy|
|This is his version of bull riding!|
|This is Doug's dad, Joker, getting ready to present the awards. I got to present the buckle for open bull riding champion!|
A few weeks ago one of the counselors from the rehab center approached me and told me that there were job openings for male counselors and asked if I knew anyone who would be interested and/or qualified. So I immediately talked to Doug about it. He was very interested and we both saw it as God saying "here's your door, now go minister."
He went to the interview and they hired him on the spot! He started working there yesterday! Wow, God is Good! Please pray that God would use him in big ways as he shows and shares the love of Christ to the teenagers there.
We have been able to meet some wonderful people since arriving in AZ, and many of them have become very dear to our hearts. One of the young ladies whom God has blessed us with just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We are so proud of her for choosing life and for standing strong in her faith when others in her situation would not. She is an amazing young woman and is already being a great mother!
|Brittany and Brayden with Baby Jace|
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Casa Blanca Baptist Church