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Paisano Baptist Encampment to hold 101st meeting July 23-28

July 13th, 2017 under Community

By Kelly Herzog

PAISANO BAPTIST ENCAMPMENT, July 5, 2016 – For over 100 years, Paisano Baptist Encampment has been deeply rooted in holy ground as the cowboy camp meeting brings together families, friends, and churches for worship, fellowship, and a refreshing break from the world’s hectic activity. Come join old and new timers for the 101st meeting beginning with Sunday evening supper on July 23, and continuing through Friday lunch on July 28.

Preachers include Steve Wells, pastor of South Main Baptist Church in Houston, and Matt Snowden, pastor of First Baptist Church of Waco. Larry McGraw, Associate Dean of Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University, will lead adult Bible study.

Nursery, preschool, children’s day camp, and youth programs occupy those from birth through high school in the mornings while adults have their own experiences. Each day family ministry and missions focus begin at 8:45 am, Bible study at 9:45 am, and morning worship at 11:00 am. The evening service starts at 8:00 pm with choir practice at 7:00 pm. Supper is served at 6:00 pm. Nursery, preschoolers, and children have their own evening activities except on Wednesday when the whole family joins together in worship, and childcare is available only for nursery age.

Kelly Barnett, Senior Pastor at The Worship Place in Sun City, will share insights during family ministry using Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. He will discuss relationships with God and others from the perspective of attachment needs, injuries and God’s design for healing and strengthening relationships. Nate Sprinkle, Director of Missions/Prayer for Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, will host the missions focus with different individuals speaking each day about their unique experiences. They will also other inspiring insights into how God is engaging his followers around the world.

Afternoon recreation, sports tournaments, a men’s prayer meeting, and other activities exercise the body and spirit and create deep friendships that last generations. An all-camp fellowship and bell-ringing will be held on Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm around the museum. Paisano encourages family togetherness and spiritual renewal.

In August 1916, West Texans gathered and George W. Truett preached the first Paisano sermon standing on the bed of a wagon with a wooden barrel as the pulpit. Families camped in tents or slept under the stars. Attendees picnicked or cooked over campfires. The tradition of family and faith continues with the addition of a tabernacle, dining shed, and cabins. The beauty of stars in the evening hasn’t changed, and all are still welcome.

Paisano Baptist Encampment is located in Paisano Pass, between Alpine and Marfa, in far West Texas. For more information, visit the website at

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