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Nearly 100 worshipers met July 10 - 14 in this scenic valley surrounded by majestic peaks near Silver Jack Reservoir in the Uncompahgre National Forest for the 20th annual Colorado Cowboy Camp Meeting. Morning messages on grace were presented by RMC president Ed Barnett with personal examples of experiencing grace. Members of the audience responded with testimonies of grace in their lives.
President Barnett, who has attended and spoken at several past Colorado Cowboy Camp Meetings said, "This is my favorite setting for any camp meeting. I love the laid-back atmosphere."
Ron Price, a motivational speaker and family mediator from Farmington, New Mexico, presented the evening messages titled, "To God Be the Glory". Ron cited many experiences where God directed events in his life for unexpected blessings to God's glory. Many of the attendees enthusiastically shared similar experiences in their lives as well.
Grand Junction Church member Viki Carrick stated, "I especially appreciated the personal testimonies...it strengthens my faith in God's intimate care for me no matter what is happening around me."
Jeremey and Layla, a couple camping in the area, had attended several meetings last year and came back this year specifically to attend Colorado Cowboy Camp Meeting. Jeremey said "my life has been changed by your friendship and the Gospel shared in these meetings. I have overcome my anger towards God that has been a dark cloud over my life for the past 20 years after my brother died in my arms at age 17."
Following the Sabbath morning service, chairs were placed around the perimeter of the tent, tables were set out and a variety of tasty food was presented, including delicious frozen creme fruit desert made by Viki in her Champion juicer.
Music for each meeting, including a Sabbath afternoon concert, was provided by Don and Donna Mohl of Folk Mountain Gospel, Leroy Archer, Alisha Moody, and Lloyd Wenzel, joined at times by musicians from the audience.
Between morning and evening meetings, attendees rode horses and ATVs, hiked, rested, or visited in camp enjoying the scenic, snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, sunny weather, and mild mountain temperatures.
-- Ron Johnson, text and photos