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We have been involved in the Cowboy Church movement since spring 2008 when we discovered Cowboy Church of Ellis County, TX; the flagship church of the American Association of Cowboy Churches.
Through 2010 and 2011 we attended AFCC Cowboy Church Planting Schools and in the summer of 2011 moved to Childress, TX to plant a Cowboy Church. That did not go too well so we searched other areas and were invited to plant a Cowboy Church in the Wind River Region of Wyoming by the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention.
We moved to Lander, WY December 19, 2011 and held our first service the first Sunday of March 2012. We started by holding services in a tiny, (546 sq. ft.), church at the local museum that could only seat 20 - 30 comfortably. We added Saturday evening services in the fall but the little church was really cold. We had no place to hold Children's Church so families that came and liked what we were doing did not return.
In the spring and fall we held Family Roundups where children from the community could come and learn to ride horses. These were very popular events and more are requested. If we had an indoor arena we would hold them all year.
In order to grow and offer Children's Church we needed to move to larger quarters, we also needed a decent home, so we bought a property with a nice home with a converted garage living room where we are currently holding services and Children's Church. The property has a 1,600 sq. ft shop available to convert into a church. This will seat 80 comfortably. We have started the conversion, but completion is a matter of funds availability.
God has blessed us with the property and the means to pay for it. We are seeking financial assistance to complete the remodel so we can move church out of our living room and into the larger space.
When the shop is remodeled church and social events will be held there with the converted garage living room becoming our children's church.
We have a number of very dedicated Disciples who want to bring people to church, but we still do not have room to make newcomers feel comfortable. Most of our members are men and their families who said they would never enter a church again. We feel blessed that we have been able to create an environment where they feel comfortable enough to stay and hear the Lord's Word. We also have three people who have requested Baptism and will have to borrow a church with a Baptismal to serve them.
Financial support to complete the remodel from all sources will be greatly appreciated as we grow this church and reach more people in the western heritage culture here in Wyoming.