The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 9, 2006

Rich Brown: ‘Horse Whisperer’ returns to Diamond church

By Rich Brown

Globe columnist

“The Horse Whisperer” proved such an overwhelming success in its debut last year that First Baptist Church of Diamond has decided to repeat the free family event.

“Last year was phenomenal with nearly 1,200 people showing up,” said Ron Crow, First Baptist pastor. “We are anticipating nearly 2,000 this year.”

The event is being staged from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, two miles east of Diamond on J Highway in the Doc Haskins Arena.

Although there will be a variety of activities, including musical entertainment, the star of the show has to be the horse whisperer himself, Southeast Missouri cowboy David Case, of Alton.

“A whisperer is somebody who breaks a horse very gently,” Crow said. “He will go into the pen with a horse that has never been ridden before and all the while telling a parable that relates to our lives.”

Case will compare breaking a horse to how people come to know Christ in their lives, Crow said.

“He will use an illustration of how our lives are and how many times we are stubborn and disobedient and how we want to do our own thing,” said the First Baptist pastor. “Then in 45 minutes to an hour he will saddle and get on the horse that has only been halter broken before.”

The event will open with music by For Heaven’s Sake, a quartet from Carl Junction. Then, Susie Luchsinger, sister of country star Reba McEntire, will sing and her husband, Paul, will give testimonies before Case presents his program. The Luchsingers are from Atoka, Okla.

There will be a variety of food and refreshments, including cowboy beans made in a cast-iron kettle over an open fire. Among the activities will be horseback and buggy rides, as well as door prizes.

“We will be giving away 1,500 Bibles to whomever wants them and will read them,” Crow said.

The arena and equipment are being provided by area veterinarian Doc Haskins and his wife, Jane.

More details may be obtained from First Baptist, 501 W. Market St., or by calling the church office at (417) 325-6486.

Address correspondence to Rich Brown, c/o The Joplin Globe, P.O. Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802.

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