PBR World Finals, PBRO and Trinity.

October 26, 2007 at 10:27 am 2 comments

The World Finals for the Professional Bull Riders (more on PBR here) begins today in Las Vegas and continues through next weekend.  So what, many of you are asking?  At least for us the answer is that bull riding has much to do with how we ended up here in Western Oklahoma and even more to do with the way the Father chose to bring wholeness and restoration into our life. 

Of course we haven’t started riding bulls but the relationships that brought so much healing to our lives is rooted in the ministry that is around the PBR.  Almost two year ago, Doug and Jeanee Wright took Linda and me over to visit with Todd Pierce (info here), who ministers to bull riders at the PBR events each weekend, around the country. The Father used that weekend to begin introductions to a whole group of people who are associated with Trinity Fellowship here in Oklahoma.  We met Brooks and Stephanie Brewer at a PBR event.  Brooks leads worship at Trinity.  We met Cody and Stacey Custer through the PBR and they now live in Sayre. Their ministry Pro Bull Riding Outreach (more on PBRO here) is covered by Trinity and I am on their board.  Through our attendance at several PBR events we met others who have relationships here and over time those relationships led to an invitation to come to Sayre for a couple of weeks the last two years where we met Pastor Andy and the other leaders of Trinity Fellowship which then led to our coming here to be part of the ministry in early September. 

So you can see why bull riding is important to us even though we know very little about it and don’t even watch it that much, bull riding is what got us here so what is taking place the next 10 days is important to us as well. 

There are quite a few people from here, including Cody and Stacey Custer who will be in Vegas doing ministry through the PBRO.  The PBRO will have daily Bible study for riders, PBR staff and the public as well as a time of worship each day in the hotel conference center.  There will be rider testimonies and other events to attract people to the PBRO booth in order for the fans of the PBR to be introduced to the Gospel.  Pray for Cody, Todd and others who will minister each day at the Finals.

Pastor Andy and his family will all be in Las Vegas during this time because Andy and Julie’s son Cole (info here) is a PBR rider and they are all there to support him.  Bull riding is really a part of the Taylor family DNA.  Andy rode bulls professionally and all four of their sons have been riders with the younger two having a lot of success in the Built Ford Tough series and the Challenger (info on Clay here) series.

I don’t know how many of the riders are Christians but there is a large percentage that are, so we are praying for a move of God through these young men, in Las Vegas these next 10 days.

Linda and I met with  Lee and Mary Akin last week for several hours and early next week I will post an update on Lee’s recovery from being stepped on by a bull 8 months ago and how they are doing as a family. They will be in Las Vegas next week where Mary will be sharing her testimony at one of the services.  Pray for her.  New post is here.

For a lot of us Professional Bull Riding is a foreign sport but for a large portion of the culture it is almost life itself.  Pray for our friends as they seek to bring Kingdom life into this culture over the next 10 days. 


Entry filed under: Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom, PBR, The Father, Travel.

Down on the farm. Monday morning meanderings. Vol.18

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. George  |  November 2, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Where in western Oklahoma is Trinity located and is there a phone contact? Thanks

  • 2. Matt Owen  |  October 28, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing! God bless!

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