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  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    AUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.

    It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More

  • Idaho cowboy churches fill ministry void

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, January 05, 2016 (3 years ago)

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    POCATELLO, Idaho (BP) -- A rancher in eastern Idaho spends two months each spring living in his rustic calving barn. He "calfnaps" when he can, since he's awake at least every two hours 24/7, checking on the birthing process, helping when needed.

    He doesn't like to miss church, though, so perhaps that's why he may choose to wear the same jeans, boots, shirt, vest and hat he wore while helping a mama cow or her calf, with vestiges of his work smeared, splattered and stained in various places on his attire. Read More