Oklahoma cowboy loses his life, but his message continues on

by Bryan Painter Modified: July 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm •  Published: July 28, 2013
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Elsie Frost has noticed a pattern.

Frost comes up with a question, God provides an answer.

On July 30, 1989, Elsie and Clyde's son, Lane, tried to get away after an 85-point ride on a bull named Takin' Care of Business during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.

However, the bull tossed his thick, muscled neck, striking the 5-foot-11, 140-pound cowboy in the back.

That day Lane's life ended at age 25.

“Why, God?” Elsie asked.

Lane had claimed the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's gold buckle as the world champion bull rider in 1987.

In 1988 he had won a series against the famed bucking bull Red Rock.

And most importantly to Elsie, he had committed his life to Christ in about 1988.

Everything was going so well.

Tuesday marks 24 years since that tragic day at Cheyenne. But then ...

Looking back, Frost said God has provided answers in many forms. Included was one that became apparent as Bibles given in memory of Lane were gone about as quickly as they could be printed.

A steady request

Soon the question became “How, God?” as in “How, God will I pay for these” Bibles?

“I started ordering like the smallest amount, and I never had enough money to pay for them when I ordered them,” Elsie said, “but by the time they came and the bill came and I had 30 days to pay the bill, the money would be there.

“That first order I think was about 750 Bibles or something like that. So then I started ordering 1,000 at a time, and then I started ordering 2,000 at a time, and now I order 10,000 at a time. We've given away about 270,000 of those Bibles.”

So someone who could have chosen to be bitter instead opted to use her son's death “to spread the word of eternal life.”

Who asks for the Bibles? Cowboy churches often want them to give away at special events.

A man in Texas donates money every month so she will send them to his pastor who lives in New Mexico and gives the Bibles away at motorcycle rallies. Occasionally vacation Bible schools with a Western theme want them for the children.

“I also get letters from lots of prisoners,” she said. “They've seen it in the prison, and they want one and I send them just one or two.”

But usually when she gets a request, someone wants a case of about 40 Bibles, or maybe more than one case, for a group.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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