Ron Johnson and Tiffany Marsh – Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado … The sun lit up the mountains surrounding Silver Jack Reservoir, site of Colorado Cowboy Camp Meeting where 85 worshipers gathered on Sabbath morning in the big tent for the 22nd annual camp meeting, July 13-17, 2022.

In a wilderness environment surrounded by 12 and 13K peaks, the area is a favorite of those who desire a scenic mountain experience of worship, fellowship, and the outdoor recreation of camping, hiking, biking, boating, horse riding, or relaxation.

This year, inspirational messages were presented by Nathan James, pastor of the Moab, Vernal, and Castle Valley Academy, Utah churches and retired Western Colorado pastor, Mike Kissner.

Nathan James told the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, leader of the incredible 1914 voyage of the ship, “Endurance” which was crushed by the ice, and how those waiting for rescue were told every day, “Pack up your things boys, the boss may come today,” They were ready when Shackleton returned months later. So, we need to be ready every day for Christ’s return. The presenter spoke on how spending a thoughtful hour each day on the life of Christ, especially the last scenes, pertains to us now in the last days. As Jesus said to His disciples, “One of you will betray me,” we should ask, as did His disciples, “Is it I? Will I betray Him?”

Mike Kissner inspired the group to consider how God designed us for relationships, for success, and for Heaven. He gave a vivid picture of what heaven will be like and, though on this earth we struggle to achieve the level for which we are designed, in heaven we will experience the beauty of wholeness in the perfection of re-creation.

Don and Donna Mohl, Folk Mountain Gospel group, from Tennessee. led the music with enthusiastic accompaniment by the James Family, the Marsh Family, and other friends.

Tiffany Marsh commented, “Cowboy Camp Meeting is always a wonderful experience! Being able to spend time with my family in nature, visit and make music with friends, meet new people, most of all learn more of my Heavenly Father and the lessons He has for me to learn

After helping to pound stakes last year to set up the tent, Karl Schwinn had a better idea. He brought a mechanical stake driver that lessened the time, and certainly the back-breaking work of getting the circle of stakes into the hard-packed ground.

Camp organizers are planning next year’s Colorado Cowboy Camp Meeting for July 12 to 16, 2023. You are invited!

–Ron Johnson and Tiffany Marsh. Photos by Ron Johnson

Group of people outside a camper trailer
Man using power stake driver