Horse demonstration spreads Gospel

Published 4:36 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chance Hill, 21-year-old student at the University of Mobile, visited Fairhaven Baptist Church on this past Saturday and performed a horse demonstration. Hill is shown on his horse Peppy, who he has had for about seven years.

This weekend Fairhaven Baptist Church members witnessed a unique combination of a horse demonstration and spreading of the Gospel.

Chance Hill and his father Roy, representatives of SPURS ministries, brought their special ministry to Demopolis on Saturday.

“Little Man,” an unridden horse, entered a pen with Chance Hill and exited as a ridden horse.

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Hill, a 21-year-old student at the University of Mobile, loves horses. He has taken his passion for horses and combined it with spreading the Gospel across the state.

He makes several analogies about life and breaking in horses during the program.

“I think one of the life illustrations in the demonstration that is most personal to my walk with the Lord is when I am tugging on the horse with the rope and speak about in life you have to respond to God’s tug,” he said. “I knew I had to submit myself to God and then understand his plan for my life.”

Hill travels to a sponsored event, where the host provides a location and an unridden horse. Hill then, takes the horse into a pen and walks through several stages to ultimately get the horse to allow him to ride.

From the five terms of Submit, Peace, Understanding, Respect and Serve, comes the acronym for SPURS.

The demonstration begins with a song dedicated to the United States of America, which ends with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. During the song, Hill enters on his own horse Peppy holding the United States flag.

Chance has been riding horses since he was 8-years-old and has had Peppy for the past seven years.

Near the end of the demonstration, Chance works with the horse to get it to lay down on his command.

He said his favorite life illustration is when the horse lays down. Once the horse does that with Chance’s assistance, Chance speaks about being fully submitted to God.

“As we submit to the Lord, we are going to find peace,” he said. “It may not be easy all the time, but you will find peace.”

Shawn Hall, a member of Fairhaven, said he heard about SPURS and looked up Chance’s contact information.

He said he thought it would be a good opportunity for the members of Fairhaven to host Hill one afternoon.

“The one thing I took away from the demonstration was that you should truly submit yourself to Jesus Christ because he is the true master and he knows what’s best,” he said.

Another attendee of the demonstration got something different from Chance’s demonstration.

“We are all here for a purpose, we aren’t here just to eat and sleep,” Danny Cassity, of Gallion, said. “We are here for a purpose.”