Area Church Plans Fu­ture Wild Horse Min­istries Events

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - Sally Car­roll McDon­ald County Press scar­roll@nwadg.com

I ac­tu­ally knew of 50 peo­ple who had planned to at­tend, and hoped for 100. We had food for 150 and we fed 280-plus.

... God, horses, free bar­be­cue. No par­tic­u­lar or­der.

Nearly 300 peo­ple gath­ered to en­joy a spe­cial show last week, learn­ing more about sal­va­tion over a de­li­cious bar­be­cue din­ner.

Based on that suc­cess, Sims Cor­ner Church pas­tor Monty Muehle­bach plans to host more events in the fu­ture.

The church was one of sev­eral spon­sors to host Wild Horse Min­istries from Louisiana. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s of­fi­cials trav­eled to Whis­per­ing Pines Arena in Pineville to present the show, demon­strat­ing the love of the Fa­ther.

Own­ers of the arena, Sims Cor­ner Church in Pow­ell, Iron Works Church of the Nazarene in An­der­son and the Cow­boy Cater­ing Com­pany spon­sored the event.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Wild Horse Min­istries rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Daily out­lined the “Round Pen of Life.” While train­ing a horse, he pointed out the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween man’s re­la­tion­ship with God and a horse’s re­la­tion­ship with his trainer.

Muehle­bach said many par­tic­i­pants en­joyed the event, call­ing the show “un­be­liev­able.” Event-go­ers said they were “amazed” and “couldn’t wait to tell their friends.” Many asked when the next show would take place, he said.

The crowd of ap­prox­i­mately 300 peo­ple stunned or­ga­niz­ers, who were sur­prised — yet pleased — at the out­come.

“I ac­tu­ally knew of 50 peo­ple who had planned to at­tend, and hoped for 100,” Muehle­bach said. “We had food for 150 and we fed 280-plus,” he said.

Why such a large crowd? “God, horses, free bar­be­cue,” Muehle­bach said. “No par­tic­u­lar or­der for most.”

The pas­tor, who also owns the Cow­boy Cater­ing Com­pany, es­ti­mated about 60 per­cent of those who at­tended were cu­ri­ous about the event and prob­a­bly reg­u­larly at­tend church some­where. Muehle­bach thinks 25 per­cent of event-go­ers are prob­a­bly be­liev­ers with­out a reg­u­lar home church and about 15 per­cent most likely wanted to check out the free bar­be­cue din­ner.

Muehle­bach hopes to host four or five of the events next year. He wants to uti­lize the same lo­ca­tion in Pineville, as well as a lo­ca­tion in An­der­son and one in the north­west Arkansas area.

Even­tu­ally, Muehle­bach would like to host an event at Par­sons Sta­dium in Spring­dale

His mo­ti­va­tion? “To see peo­ple changed and liv­ing free. I want to bring this to as many peo­ple as we can reach.”

From a cater­ing per­spec­tive, the pas­tor and bar­be­cuer will con­tinue to pro­vide a free bar­be­cue din­ner at com­ing events.

“When I felt the call back to Sims Cor­ner, God laid on my heart to feed my peo­ple,” Muehle­bach said. “I took that to mean phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally.”

Monty Muehle­bach Sims Cor­ner Church pas­tor

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A Wild Horse Min­istries rep­re­sen­ta­tive demon­strates the love of the Fa­ther in a spe­cial show on Aug. 11 in Pineville. Nearly 300 peo­ple at­tended the event, which fea­tured a free bar­be­cue din­ner, cour­tesy of Cow­boy Cater­ing Com­pany, as well as the op­por­tu­nity for fel­low­ship and a min­istry mes­sage. Sims Cor­ner Church hosted the event and plans to host more in the fu­ture, said Pas­tor Monty Muehle­bach.

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