Unique Bible camp trains youth in rodeo, Christianity
UNIONVILLE—The first Rodeo Bible Camp (RBC) ever to be held in the state of Missouri was held in Unionville and it featured strong participation.
Forty-one young people ages 10-16 from 18 different counties in Missouri and three different states participated in four days of rodeo event instruction June 6-9 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds. The final rodeo was held June 9. Rodeo Bible Camp instructors came to Unionville from Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin and Missouri. T-N-T stock contractors out of Shelbina provided the livestock.
Rodeo Bible Camps are organized by local chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys (FCC). The Chariton Hills chapter of FCC put on the Unionville RBC with Sara Sevits of Greentop as the camp director. Omaha Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Collin is the local chapter president.
Rodeo Bible Camps feature more than 16 hours of instruction in rodeo events in addition to horsemanship and trick riding classes. Chapel services are held twice daily and small group times with team leaders are also held twice daily.
More than 400 people attended the rodeo on the last day of the camp. They were then treated to a concert and chapel with Justin Todd Herod from Palestine, Texas. The local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys also fed the crowd a meal before awards were handed out to the campers. Twelve young people made professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Many churches, individuals and businesses helped in sponsoring this year’s camp. The Kirksville Baptist Division, the North Central Baptist Association, and the Missouri Baptist Convention also cooperated in the event. The Chariton Hills Chapter is tentatively planning next year’s camp for June 7-10.