Pastor David Bracewell rides a horse bareback style, after the horse broke free from the Ropin' the Truth ranch. Bracewell and youth pastor Jimmy Bishop encourage students to learn the Bible, handle horses and take responsibilities at the ranch.
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BAKER — The Ropin' the Truth ministry has grown and expanded since it began in 1995. From taking place in a small sandy lot in Holt, to operating on 50 acres ranch in Escambia Farms.
RTT, a ministry of Cross Creek Country Fellowship, is an outreach ministry for fifth to twelfth grade school students. Head pastor David Bracewell said the ministry currently has nearly 60 students from North Okaloosa.
Students attending RTT not only have the opportunity to ride horses and interact with ranch livestock, they also have responsibilities.
Students work their way from 'tender foot' to 'cowboy' status at RTT, meaning students will have to learn Bible scriptures and horse handling techniques in order to proceed to the next level.
"We put a lot on their shoulders," said Jimmy Bishop, youth pastor of Cross Creek. "It also a way to help Pastor Bracewell and myself in operating this 50-acre ranch with a bunch kids running around."
Wes Smith, 15, who has cowboy status, is responsible for showing younger students how to handle the cattle.