And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cowboy Christmas

And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God (Luke 8:1).



Grangeville, Idaho - Photo by Ken Lund


The 4th of July weekend is often called "Cowboy Christmas" because of the many rodeos that are held. For lots of cowboys, the couple of days before and during the 4th of July weekend are fast and furious, and jam-packed with travel to multiple rodeos. Wade rode saddle broncs at three ICA (Idaho Cowboy Association) rodeos; Vale, OR, and Hailey and Grangeville, ID. He placed and took home a check in all three rodeos. Good job, Wade! Now that really was Cowboy Christmas! More importantly, he got the chance to mingle, meet, and share the Training for the Cross ministry with other cowboys behind the chutes.


Photo by Mary Williams Hyde


And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable (Luke 8:4).

Jesus spoke to people in parables, stories of common experiences that they were familiar with and could easily understand. Wade has common experiences with rodeo and ranch cowboys, and can speak about and demonstrate the Gospel in ways that cowboys respect and understand. This is what makes participating in rodeos such an important part of the Training for the Cross ministry. Those "behind the chutes" acquaintances and friendships can reach cowboys who would never step foot inside a church.

Amaia's faithfulness and companionship to travel with Wade to the rodeos is another display of what Paul calls "simplicity and godly sincerity" (2 Cor 1:12), Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Tit 2:12).

Even with the hectic pace, Wade and Amaia were able to watch the fireworks with Amaia's family, and Amaia was able to have a fun time with her beloved nieces and nephews.


Photo by Michelle Escujuri Larzelier


But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience (Luke 8:15).

Both Wade and Amaia have "honest and good hearts" and surely are "bringing forth fruit with patience." Look for Wade in the saddle bronc at another ICA rodeo in Glenns Ferry, ID on Saturday, July 18th, 2009.

(Special thanks to Michelle Larzelier for her great photo of Wade and Amaia!)

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Friday, May 22, 2009

On the Road for the Summer

Wade and Amaia are in Idaho for the summer. They loaded up nine (yup, nine!) horses and headed to Homedale, which will be their base "camp." Here's Wade checking out all the features on the "new" trailer he bought. Looks like they're ready to hit all the brandings and do some day work!

One of the first stops was the Jordan Valley "Big Loop" rodeo. Wade was up Friday afternoon in team roping and Big Loop (horse roping). Ty was there as well. They all enjoyed the chance to see friends and family, and catch-up after a busy winter of hard work.
Photo by Ann Black Rutan
Wade rode in the Saddle Bronc on Sunday, and tied for 2nd/3rd/4th with a score of 74. Good job, Wade!

Wade has a particular call to minister and witness for Jesus Christ at rodeos and to cowboys. He has God-given gifts of horsemanship, roping, and bronc riding that allow him to travel and meet many who might not step foot in a church. Here is his expanation of his calling.

The Lord opened my eyes and showed me a vision concerning the hearts of the men behind the bucking chutes. The Lord showed me how many of them had received a little spark for Him, but the spark had never been fanned giving it the opportunity to grow. He told me to "fan the flame." The Holy Spirit is like a mighty wind and will bring life to a tiny spark, igniting an all-consuming fire. As the Lord began to speak to me giving me direction for my life, I became sanctified by the word of God, "For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Tim 4:5), and empowered by the Holy Spirit. "For you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you" (Acts 1:8).

God has not called me to preach the Gospel, but to demonstrate the Gospel. I am only called to prepare the way for the Teacher. I am called to help people come into the fullness of the New Covenant and be taught by God. I am called to introduce people to the Holy Spirit and God has showed me He will do the rest. Just like a person must prepare a colt before he can start to communicate with them, I am called to show people how to prepare themselves so that they may start communicating with God. God wants to communicate with us, we just need to be "willing" and then able. It is so simple; the same things that hold us back from communicating with our horse are the things that hold us back from communicating with God.

Photo by Ann Black Rutan
Training for the Cross is on the road this summer working to act upon Paul's advice, "...Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" (Col 4:17), and to fulfill Jesus' charge, "But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee"
(Acts 26:16).

We are all directed to be ministers of Christ, each in his own way, according to his own gift, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1Pe 4:10-11).

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bronc Riding Prayer

The Lord is my strength and my shield; of nothing shall I fear.
He makes me to lie in green pastures and His presence grows near.

He breaths life into my body to bring glory to His name.
I am a warrior for Christ and rodeo is my game.

He guides me and protects me as I step into the ring.
A hedge of protection around me He'll bring.

Though lies may surround me about the fate of my ride,
But you chose my horse and in you I reside.

I know you are with me as I call for my horse.
You ride behind me to keep me on course.


Destruction pulls me forward, but on you will I lean.
My shoulders stay back and to you will I cling.

My faith is in you as I lift on my rein.
I lift to the heavens as I charge to the mane.

I hold tight to my swells like I do to your Word.
I cling to the truth in your promises I have heard.

My mind is in the middle and my spurs are a shark.
They keep reaching and striking for the perfect mark.

I am a warrior for Christ and rodeo is my game.
I spur'em for eight and give praise to your name.

By Wade Black

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bronc Ridin' This Weekend

Two bronc riding events are on the schedule for this weekend, March 13 & 14. Check out the Bronc Ridin' Invitational at Moses Lake, WA on Friday evening. It's held at the Grant County Fairgrounds Ardell Pavilion, and starts at 7 pm. General admission is $15.


On Saturday night the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR will host a showcase event for the World's Toughest Rodeo National Tour. There will be two parts, the Bulls & Broncs competition followed by the new Toughest Cowboy competition. In the Bulls & Broncs, bareback riders, saddle bronc riders, and bull riders will compete. A top-notch group of saddle bronc riders have entered, including Shawn Morehead (Bruneau, ID), Kayle Gray (Cheney, WA), and Ryan McKenzie (Jordan Valley, OR), who all finished in the top 10 of the Columbia River Circuit standings in 2008, along with Wade Sankey (Cody, WY), another outstanding bronc rider. The Toughest Cowboy competition has eight cowboys each competing in all three events. This is associated with the TV show "The Toughest Cowboy" seen on Spike TV on Wednesdays at 11 pm ET/PT. You can check it out at http://www.toughestcowboy.com/. General admission tickets are $18.



Wade will be riding in the Bronc Ridin' Invitational at Moses Lake, and in the Bulls & Broncs at Portland, so wish him good luck and safe travel if you see him there! Due to Wade's travel schedule, there won't be a horsemanship event at Kountz Arena this Sunday, March 15th.

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