When we put the picture in the June 18 issue of the Burning Bush Cowboy Church chuck wagon, we didn’t get it exactly right.
It wasn’t their wagon. But this one is — and though it’s not quite ready to serve, it almost is, thanks to the hard work of Charles Walker, who has been working hard to build out the chuck box to go inside it.
“We’ve got it finished pretty much and will be moving it out soon,” said his son, Alvie Walker, who serves as pastor of Burning Bush, located in Troy.
In fact, it’s part of a bigger move the church has going on — it recently purchased a 42-acre property with a barn they’re converting into a new church building. On the land, they have a fishing pond and are planning to build a full-size horse arena along with the church building, which will be made of rough-hewn timber on the inside.
“Our church is made up of horse people, people from the cowboy culture or people who just like the fact that it’s very laid back, very ‘come as you are,’” said Alvie Walker, who planted the church with his wife, Priscilla, around six years ago as a strategic church plant of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
They have about 50 members and average 20 or 30 on Sundays — sometimes people have to be out on Sundays to get the cows put up or the hay put up, he said.
It’s called Burning Bush Cowboy Church because God used a burning bush to speak to Moses, and Alvie Walker hopes the church will “be that burning bush God uses to speak to the people.”
Growing in faith
“Everything we do, we try to do it to lift God up,” he said.
The people there are growing in their faith, and watching God provide a new church building for them has only increased that faith. They see a lot of potential for ministry at the new property, and that of course includes the chuck wagon, Alvie Walker said.
“God has just been in this move,” he said. “We’ve been blessed.”