By Quinn Lavespere, Message Staff Writer
[img_assist|nid=7440|title=Dan Daily|desc=At this year’s Crossover, held annually prior to the Southern Baptist Convention, Dan Dailey prepares, along with his sister, Lenora, for the opening ceremonies of a wild horse demonstration, part of Crossover 2011. The two serve with their father, Paul, presenting the gospel through working with horses in Wild Horse Ministries.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]RUSTON – Paul Daily has earned renown for his Wild Horse Ministries, in which he uses a special gift of horse communication to preach the message of Christ.
Now, his son Dan Daily wants to one day share the gospel to the unsaved in the way God leads him. “I want to follow the path that God leads me,” Daily said. “Even if it’s a different path from my father, I want to do it.”
Daily, 21, said he grew up around horses. “My mother said when me and my sister Lenora came home from the hospital, my father would put us on horses in our diapers before we even got in the house,” Daily said.
“In 1997, my dad started Wild Horse Ministries after God led him to do so. While he was communicating with horses, God was communicating with him. Whenever horses would act up, God would tell Dad, ‘Paul, that’s what you’re doing.’ So my dad started it, and today, Wild Horse Ministries has expanded out. I was seven at the time, and I’ve always traveled with my family and helped them out. I guess it was more of a lifestyle.
“Growing up with my parents, there were times when I wanted to stay home,” Daily said. “At that young age, I didn’t really realize what they were doing and what God had appointed them to do. The older I got, the more I realized what a special ministry it was, and the more we went, the more I liked to be involved with it. Touching people through Christ and sharing the love of God with them is what we’re supposed to do, and I can see it in the faces of people we meet.
“This horse ministry is not my calling,’ Daily said, ‘but it’s really given me insight on how to serve people, and I have a passion for it. Growing up with my parents was really amazing and has created that passion. I’m really proud of my dad, and I thank God that He gave me my parents. He’s just blessed me so much, and I’m really glad I grew up around in my parents.”[img_assist|nid=7441|title=Helping Out|desc=Dan Daily helps his father Paul in his renowned Wild Horse Ministries. The younger Daily says he wants to one day share the gospel in the way God leads him.|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=75]
Daily gave some detail of his contributions to the ministry.
“I do what my parents need me to do,” Daily said. “For the actual demonstrations, we start off with a flag presentation, and my sister and I carry the American and Christian flags and sometimes do some special introductions. Because every demonstration is different, we never know exactly what we’re going to do, and I either ride horses the whole time, run and get ropes, or help out my dad on foot. That’s for the actual demonstration. Then I help with driving up and down the roads to different place and help with the sound equipment. It’s really a broad spectrum for what we all do.”
Daily said the horse ministry is going well today.
“Right now, my parents are on a big tour,” Daily said. “God is blessing abundantly; there’s so many people calling and trying to book them that they have to turn some down. God is also sending people to encourage us. It’s amazing what all is happening with the ministry.”
Daily talked about personal blessings God had given him during his time in the ministry.
“God has blessed me in numerous ways,” Daily said. “I’m not boasting, but through all of our travels, even to places such as Canada, God has friends in those places for us. He has blessed me through the ministry by giving me a way to really relate with people. I’m a people person anyway, but I really have a burden for having people open up to me across all races.”
Daily spoke on his future plans involving the ministry.
“The future is still yet to be,” Daily said. “Right now, I have a caution light on my life. Right now, I do not know what God wants me to do, and I have prayed about it. God told me, ‘Dan, right now, you’re not ready yet for your purpose. In the meantime, just encourage people.’ I can’t really answer the question about my future plans for involvement in the ministry because I don’t know. I’m just waiting for God’s direction.”
Daily also shared his hopes for the future of the ministry.
“I hope it continues for sure,” Daily said. “Sometimes, I feel a little guilty because right now I don’t know who will continue it after my dad either quits or until God tells him to stop. Personally, I hope it will continue to expand and grow. I’m not going to do it, because it’s not my calling, but I hope God just continues to bless it.”
Today, Daily attends Louisiana Tech University and is majoring in aviation management.
“I’ve always loved to fly,” Daily said. “I got my pilot’s license at 17. Also, if school allows, I will travel with my mother and father. That’s pretty much what my life is like right now, because it’s so consumed by school right now. I’m a sophomore at Louisiana Tech right now.”
Daily said helping out with the ministry has been an honor.
“It really makes you feel good to help someone,” Daily said. “The world lies to people all the time, and to show someone actual truth sometimes is what I like about being in the ministry. Even being able to help those who are already Christians is an honor, because it makes it seem like a family. It’s tremendous.”