Wherever they plant seed, bountiful crops will spring up.
Their cattle and donkeys will graze freely.” Isaiah 32:20
In the quiet hours each Sunday morning, a livestock barn transforms into a peaceful place of worship. As the sun rises over Tadlock Stockyards in Forrest, Mississippi, heads bow in prayer, and cowboy church begins.
Cattlemen and women face long, hard Sundays at the livestock sale barn, which has been in business for nearly a century. David Tadlock has passionately and faithfully run the barn for over forty years. “We started cowboy church because the boys don’t have time to go to their church. It’s just something special that we do for them and some of our customers that want to come,” says David.
Dressed in jeans, boots and cowboy hats, worshipers gather together in the lobby of the barn for the quaint service. Though it is simple, it has had a great impact on the employees of Tadlock Stockyards. Jamie Laird says with awe, “I really love cowboy church. It just gives all of us the opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior since we are away from our family on Sundays. After all, some of my greatest wounds have come from this barn (in injuries) and so my greatest healing has happened here, too.”
A special thank you to Barrett Photography for the beautiful black and white photographs.