He said he’ll return to rodeo in a few months, but he first wanted to share the Gospel and some rodeo techniques with his new friends at the camp.
"I’m out here to teach these guys to ride bulls, but to also share my testimony and to honor God,” Austin said.
Austin encouraged one young bull-rider who didn’t stay on the bull as long as he wanted to consider himself blessed if he did his best on the ride.
Megehee said the rodeo arena was refurbished through the efforts of the nonprofit Three Crosses Ministries and by many supporters who wanted just such a camp. He said the old concert pavilion that once hosted the likes of country greats Reba McEntire, Conway Twitty and George Jones has been renovated. The arena also sports a new concession stand and dorms have been created on the site.
The arena, built by the late Ada rodeo cowboy Ken Lance, once hosted many rodeo events and hopefully will emerge again as a place for people to come together, Megehee said.
He said he leads a cowboy church there Thursday nights and a men’s retreat is planned there June 19-20.
As for the campers, the preacher said he was thrilled to see them grow closer to the Lord while learning more about rodeo.
"It’s great to see them have the Lord in their life and depend on Him,” Megehee said.
"It’s great to see them when they get out the gate because when the gate opens, God is the only one who has control.”