>The View Through the Eyes of a Faith Counselor
PBR Faith Night at The Pit
I am one of the many volunteers who supported your ministry here in Albuquerque on March 25, 2011 on Family Night. After your amazing effort to tame a 2-year old gilding and ride him, you gave an opportunity for those in the audience to receive the hope of Christ and the loving forgiveness He offers to us all so freely so we can become all that He has for us. This group that appeared to be family all stood up, down about some ten rows in front of me. I was watching the different people stand all over the stadium. I was watching them come up the stairs and approached them and asked if they indeed had stood to receive Christ. The husband and wife said yes we did. They had two boys with them and I asked if they were a family? The mother, Pam, said yes we are, introducing her husband Archey and the boys, Antonio and Adrian. I asked if they had planned to stand together or talked about it before coming. They looked at each other and all said “no, I just knew I wanted to receive Jesus.” They were from the Las Vegas, NM area. They were there for the rodeo and Archey had a business meeting the next day.
I went through the steps to faith and ask where they were – first-time receivers or rededicating? I shared with them the differences of re-dedication for the parents. The whole family said simultaneously that it was the first time for them to receive. Pam shared that her older daughter attended a church – a Calvary Chapel and they went after the daughter’s husband died a couple of years ago and they all felt there was so much love and clear understanding about the love of God and they had never felt that in any other church. Pam says “We were raised Catholic, but had never attended.” Anthony and Adrian both said they really wanted to know more about Jesus. I reminded them as Todd shared, it is about a relationship with Jesus. I shared the churches available in their area and in Albuquerque when they are visiting. They ask how to get to a church in Albuquerque while they were there. I prayed for them and they were so grateful for the packets and I encouraged them to read the book of John together as a family and begin praying together as they learn together what it means to be a born-again believer.
Anthony began to share about the trouble in Pecos with water shortage and his brother-in-law dying of carbon-monoxide a couple of years ago. He asked for prayer for all this and his sisters and a cousin who was ill with cancer and much more. I have had several e-mails from Antonio and I sent him some scripture and prayers. Today he ask for prayer and let me know his cousin died and the funeral was today. He is full of compassion for others and knows the hurt in this world. God has great plans for this young man who is 15 years old. God was already working in each of their hearts and it was His perfect plan to bring them to this event so they could hear the message of true salvation. I have not talked to the other members of the family.
I was blessed with this opportunity to share in the work God is doing through Riding High Ministries and Todd Pierce. The divine plans God has for each of us is there when we are willing to give of our time and pour out our service to those who do not know Jesus.
Thank you for being obedient to the call Jesus has placed on your heart. I pray for God to multiply the fruit of this ministry as He shows you when and where to speak in His name.
In Christ I pray,
Romans 8: 1-2 Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life “set me free” from the law of sin and death. Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.