Little George Havens’ Cowboy Camp Meeting – Sunday, June 22, 2014

 Little George Havens’ Cowboy Camp Meeting – Schedule

Sausage and egg burritoSomewhat reluctantly, I was out of bed, bathed,” dressed and ready for breakfast when the bell rang. I took a picture of the sausage and egg burrito, ate one bite and threw the rest away. Not my kind of food. (I’m not critical; just “not my kind of food.”)

Miss Lucy is the star attraction at Camp Meeting and she quickly made me the prime focus in every meeting, every event. She is just thrilled that someone is in attendance saved under the ministry of evangelist Little George Havens. I’m “the lady from ‘Ore-ee-gone’ who knew George.” I tell the audience that I am now a Texas resident but saved sixty-four years ago in a meeting in Crescent, Oregon. I didn’t “know” the man, just influenced by his ministry. I’ve learned (listening to Miss Lucy) that George was saved during the 1950 Crusade with Billy Graham, in Los Angeles. So the former movie actor and stunt man must have quickly started his own preaching ministry?!

“Miss Lucy” and I have another bond (besides our advancing age, she is 90, I’m almost 80): Wycliffe Bible Translators. Miss Lucy was a missionary in Mexico. So I said: “You probably know the name Cameron Townsend.”  Of course!! She was trained in one of his Summer Institute of Linguistics and is still a member of Wycliffe. I shared that I volunteered for almost three years (in Orlando, and Waxhaw).

After breakfast, I walked around the campgrounds taking pictures.

old chuck wagon

Old wagon

Old surry

Another old wagon

Cowboy Camp Meeting sign

Over the gate

Stone sign

Stone monument

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Little George Havens statue

Inscription

George is waving

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Cowboy Ronald Reagan

Buffalo Bill poster

Cowboy painting

Cowboy painting

Old building painting

Pioneer Preachers Museum

Pioneer Preachers Museum sign

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My pictures tell the story, I followed Miss Lucy as she gave a tour of the grounds, and the Pioneer Preachers Museum. She and George started the Camp in 1966, and operated it “by faith.” They have never charged for RV parking and meals. A hat is passed at the evening meeting—for donations. Miraculously, the expenses have always been met. 

Miss Lucy under tent

Miss Lucy leading a tour

Extremely old "teardrop" trailer

Old water tank

Old-time shower

Miss Lucy telling about old Chuck Wagon

Miss Lucy with old Chuck Wagon

Old plow

Old $300 cabin

What is it?

Antique grain mill

Antique grain mill

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There was a time for stories at the re-dedication of the Little George Havens statue.

Re-dedication of statue

Little George Havens statue

Sam Stone

Mrs. George Havens

Miss Lucy

George & Lucy Havens pictures

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The campground is very primitive; the facilities are “make do.” There are stoves in the screened dining area but—in the spirit of an old-fashioned camp meeting—food is prepared over an open fire near an old-fashioned chuck wagon.

Screened dining area

Cooking over an open fire

Pot of beans

Over an open fire meal preparation

Hot food carried to the serving table

Large kettle of food

Watermelon

Rustic picnic table

The view

Miss Lucy before supper

Supper

Watermelon with supper

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The music is good; the preaching is excellent!!

Under the tent #1

Musicians #1

Musicians #2

Those in attendance

Musicians #4 (or 5)

Back of T-shirt

Beautiful voice

Sam Stone passing the hat

Cowboy preacher

After the service

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I’m quick to tell the other guests “I’m not a cowgirl, I’m not a cowboy, I don’t ride horses, I’ve never attended a Cowboy Church.”  ~~ Dear reader: This is a unique, new experience for me. Oh, camping comes natural but the people (my brothers and sisters in-Christ) are different (a new experience for me). The preachers are ranchers who have everyday responsibilities. Their pattern of speech makes me smile, good old country boys!!

BedtimeIn bed before nine. This is only “day one” for me and I’ve already received such a blessing!!

 

4 comments on “Little George Havens’ Cowboy Camp Meeting – Sunday, June 22, 2014

  1. Deb says:

    I love the picture of Miss Lucy standing by the chuck wagon. Found this old article. Looks like she was ready for more than “one more!” http://web.reporternews.com/1998/religion/havens0620.html

  2. I Met Little George in 1955 while I was in the army at Ft Hood TX. My first cousins husband was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville TX. They had a roundup program and Little George was the guest. He played his Martin Guitar and sang. He told of working with Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys. He did a little skit of singing a song (Something about blue eyes crying in the rain) and the sadder it got the loughter he cried. All of a sudden he stopped and said, “Now isn’t that silly. I believe it was something he had done on the Grand Ole Opry with the Pee Wee King Band. He also talked about being throwed off a steer, and Gabby Hayes said,
    “Hey George if you light on your head you won’t hurt your leg.

    I enjoyed talking with George and he gave a good program and message

    I have been singing Gospel Music on Radio for 56 years and the last few years on the internet.
    Check out my podcast at potomatic.com

  3. Durward Conditt says:

    I visited with George and his wife when they lived on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas. I think the year was 1974. George was very small and I am on the other end of the scale. Nothing would do him but that his foot an mine be photographed side by side. I wear I size 14 and his was less than half that. We went to a radio station and watched as he played his guitar and sang my favorite songs. We then spent the night in his home and Cowboy Camp; we had a great time together.

  4. Colleen Swanson says:

    My boyfriend, who later became my husband, played church concerts, with George. This was back in the early 1950’s, in Denton, TX. My husband passed away in 2002. I would like to know if you have any of the music they taped. And if I could get a copy. My husband was Kenneth Swanson. Thank you, Blessings, Colleen Swanson.

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