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Desiree Woodland is the Founder of Breaking the Silence New Mexico. Volunteer Board Member Jodie Hix joins Desiree on this episode to talk about mental illness and suicide. Desiree started Breaking the Silence in New Mexico (501(c)3 not for profit) after her son Ryan took his own life as a teenager.   The agency promotes mental health literacy, advocacy, and well-being for teens, youth, and adults through education, personal stories, and the arts.  The core programs share the goal of ending the stigma, shame, silence, and secrecy surrounding mental illness and suicide. Breaking the Silence New Mexico’s Talking Mental Health curriculum works to normalize open discussion around mental health. More information is available at https://www.breakingthesilencenm.org/.

Desiree is speaking at Hope Church at 9 & 11 Sunday, October  10, 2021.

REAL (Redeemed-Equipped-Accepted- Loved) Connections Women’s Ministry Founder Amy Allen introduces us to retired Air Force Officers Richelle Wright and Mary Arnholt. They will be teaching “Warrior Training” Saturday, October 16, 2021, ​10 am-noon at Eastern Hills Baptist Church (masks mandatory),  3100 Morris Street NE, ​Albuquerque, NM 87111  https://www.getrealwithgod.com/.

The REAL Connections website says, “Instead of trying to create a world without pain, learn how to face problems with strength and dignity and walk free from condemnation. Don’t pretend them away, mask them, hide them or ignore them, but face your problems head-on with Christ. The only way OUT is THROUGH, and the only way THROUGH is JESUS. (Isaiah 61:1-3). REAL speakers, who have experienced God’s redemption and restoration, will present REAL problems and solutions at this conference.

We want to be REAL with you so that you can be REAL with God and others. We want to help you find healing in Christ.”

Holly Slade, Founder of Feed New Mexico Kids, said, “Our goal is to get children fed!”  The ministry of Feed New Mexico Kids is hosting the FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN FEED NEW MEXICO KIDS event to educate the faith community and business owners to help fight childhood hunger in New Mexico.  The event is FREE! 

Food Insecurity is not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Holly said, “We as a community can not stick our heads in the sand any longer and think that our crime rates, our gangs, and all of that are disassociated from hunger.”

Feed New Mexico Kids will train your Church or volunteer group to purchase food,  pack, and distribute “snack packs” to help children have food for the weekends where you live! The awareness event is your opportunity to FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN FEED NEW MEXICO KIDS: Friday, October 22, 7-9 pm, Calvary Church Westside, 6051 Winterhaven Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM. 

Marcy is the New Mexico Operations Manager for Joni and Friends New Mexico. Paul Faculjak is the former Area Director and the instructor for the Beyond Suffering Class beginning on October 20, 2021. Paul will be answering questions like, “Have you ever suffered physically, emotionally, or spiritually and wondered why? Do you have family members or friends with disabilities and struggle to know what to say or how to act around them? Paul said, “This material is targeting Church leaders, Pastors, volunteers, and family members who want to understand God’s Word about suffering and disability, the Churches responsibility according to scripture, and then the practical tools and know-how to be inclusive individuals with disabilities.”

Marcy details how Joni and Friends are helping renew and refresh people living with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers with fun projects like the “Respite Night” and “Warrior Getaway” coming up.  Respite Night is  Friday night, October 15, 2021, at Grace Church. November 12-15, 2021, the ministry hosts a “Warrior Getaway” at Lonetree Camps in Capitan, NM. Registration Information and details about how to support the ministries of Joni and Friends are available at https://www.joniandfriends.org/new-mexico/.

Fernando Ortega will be in concert on December 3, 2021, at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque to benefit the ministries of Joni and Friends. Ticket information is available online at https://www.joniandfriends.org/new-mexico/ or call 505-835-5263.

New Mexico Business Coalition Founder and President Carla Sonntag said, “This coming Thursday, October 7, 2021, the NMBC will be hosting a BASH (Business and Social Hour) from 5:30-7:30 PM, and we hope you will join us. John Tamnythe keynote speaker, is the political economy editor at Forbes and a senior economic advisor to Toreador Research and Trading. He is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Fox TV, and the Financial Times. ABQ Connect listeners can purchase tickets HERE for a 25% discount!

Enjoy food from Revel Entertainment restaurants, and as a bonus, you will be treated to live professional Dueling Piano players immediately following the BASH.

Carla discusses the upcoming New Mexico election, the oil and gas industry, crime’s effect on business, and members’ benefits when they join forces with the not-for-profit New Mexico Business Coalition.

Rudy Grande is the Producer and Host of KLYT’s new music show “Tracks of Light.” He talks about Jesus Movement Music with ABQ Connect Engineer Steve Reimann in today’s episode. Rudy said, “The Holy Spirit that launched the Jesus Music Movement is reviving us today!” Archived episodes and more are available at tracksoflight.com.

John Jones is the President and CEO of LifeQuest USA. The ministry is mentoring a future and a hope for at-risk and incarcerated youth throughout New Mexico. John said, “New Mexico is a very, very difficult place to be a young person.” LifeQuest USA provides critical support services to help New Mexico youth overcome their past challenges and build resilience for the future. Their goal is to build relationships between the community and young people that go well beyond the schools and detention centers.

The LifeQuest “Unbanquet” fundraiser is now in full swing. To support the ministry and volunteer, go to https://lifequestusa.org/.

Brian Cochran is a Certified Kingdom Advisor and the President of John Moore Associates. Working with investors to approach their investments from a Biblical viewpoint is his way of serving people, especially when there is some volatility in the investment markets. He said, “Sometimes people need that calming presence because of turmoil in their lives. God wants us to live without fear. Finances often create fear and uncertainty in people’s lives. People are not generous when they are fearful. Generosity and fear do not coexist. If we can remove that fear, it helps people be more content, more at peace, and more generous.”

1 John 4:18-19: Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, which shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first. NLT

On September 20, 2021, Scientific Reports Journal announced, “A Tunguska-sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam, a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea,”  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97778-3.

Archeologists Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Gary Byers have supervised the excavation at Tall el-Hammam for over 15 years. They believe the site is the ancient city of Sodom, as described in Genesis 19:24–29. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,  and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the Lord; and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace. Thus, it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

Tracy Rodden is a volunteer for Feed New Mexico Kids. She said, “We can end childhood hunger in New Mexico!” You can find out HOW YOU CAN HELP FEED NEW MEXICO KIDS on Friday night, October 22, 2021, from 7-9 at Calvary Church Westside, 6051 Winterhaven Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM.   Tickets are available at    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feed-new-mexico-kids-awareness-event-tickets-164360583931.