Cowboys and Bikers
ATHENS, TEX. – The Southwestern Union’s 11th Annual Cowboy and Biker Camp took place Oct. 18-20, 2019 at Lone Star Camp. This spiritual retreat is an opportunity for individuals, families and friends who enjoy motorcycles and horses to just to be in fellowship and praise God together in a natural setting. Our Seventh-day Adventist members took the time to get in tune with God and witness to their friends while enjoying the beautiful Piney Woods region of East Texas. Bikers made the trek from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and many of the major metro areas in Texas, including Houston and San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
This year’s theme was “I Serve” focusing on how these groups can serve their unique communities.
During a ministries spotlight time, several lay-led biker ministries from the Southwestern Union territory were prayed over for God to bless them as they continue to do His work. The different ministries that are organized into groups are the 3 Angels Motorcycle Ministry, the Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry and the Adventist Motorcycle Ministry; and there are others who ride who are not a part of a specific ministry, but they do great things for God in their communities.
Guest speaker Andre Campbell, pastor from the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, discussed how his former church in St. Petersburg, Fla., served that community. Jacquelyn Martin was in charge of Kids World, a special program just for kids that focused on how kids could serve their churches, communities and families.
The bikers ministries and the horse ministries took a horse and a few motorcycles to a local nursing home and let the residents come about and see the motorcycles and pet the horse, which they very much enjoyed.
On Sabbath the attendees enjoyed a musical concert by musician Mark Bunney. The weekend was packed with spiritual enrichment and fun for all, from fishing to enjoying nature trails to horseback riding to a hayride through the woods.
If you have never been, we invite you to consider Cowboy and Biker Camp 2020.
By Helvis C. Moody, Youth/Young Adult Director