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Shelley Repp is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Dream Center. Sergeant Kyle Woods serves as a Deputy with the “GHOST UNIT” of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. “I can say that virtually every single trafficked youth I have dealt with has been abused physically and sexually as a youth. It becomes almost a normalized environment for them opening them up to exploitation.”

The New Mexico Dream Center provides services to survivors of minor domestic sex trafficking called “Spoken For” and “The Harbor.” Shelley said, “Spoken For provides after-care for identified survivors of human trafficking. After-care looks like emergency shelter, transitional living, case management, and just really helping these identified survivors connect with services in our community. The Harbor is a drop-in center for young people that are experiencing homelessness. They can come to our facility Tuesday thru Friday to get food, take a shower, do their laundry, get hygiene products, get on the computer, and connect with a case manager.”

For more information, go to https://www.nmdreamcenter.org/ or call (505) 900-3833.

The Associates for Bible Research (ABR) is a Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological and biblical research. Dr. Gary Byers is the Co-Director of the Shiloh excavations for ABR and the Dean of the College of Archaeology, Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, NM. He also serves as the Assistant Director of the Tall el-Hammam excavation (the ancient city of Sodom).

Larissa is the Dean of the College of Women’s Studies & Christian Leadership at Trinity Southwest University and Media Relations for Tall el-Hammam.

Gary said, “If the Bible is God’s Word, and we want to understand the Bible and God’s message to us, we need to understand the Bible in the world in which it was written.”


Rick Hobson is the Co-Owner and CEO of Jericho Nursery in Albuquerque, NM. He and his “Gardening Angels” team have earned a reputation for customer service and knowledge to assist the experienced gardener or landscaper. They also have the heart to help beginners learn about and enjoy gardening. Their store is located at 101 Alameda NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87114, USA. Phone: 505-899-7555 or reach Jericho Nursery on their website: manager@jerichonursery.com.

While many of us see signs of a return to normalcy, others around the globe continue to battle the pandemic. In Asia, a 2nd Covid-19 wave is ravaging communities in what is being called a ‘Tsunami of Suffering.’ Gospel for Asia (Now GFA World)  is doing what it can to ease the suffering, but support for their efforts is desperately needed.  Bishop Danny Yohannan, Vice-President of GFA World, said, “What is worse than COVID in South Asia is Starvation.”

Pray about your involvement and log onto gfa.org/coronavirus for regular updates and the opportunity to make a financial donation. 

Web: www.gfa.org/coronavirus

Phone: 1-800-946-2742

Nourished Nutrition Counseling is a business owned by Nutritionist Jennifer Bryant. She offers a free newsletter called Food and Faith to Fuel your Health. Each week subscribers receive an emailed newsletter that takes a deeper look at what the Bible has to say about nourishing your body with good food. Food and Faith to Fuel Your Health will explore concepts like self-control, perseverance, and much more! Sign up for FREE online at https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/food-and-faith-newsletter/. Each week a new recipe is included!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.

Galatians 5:22–23 NASB


Calvary Church has established a new Christian School located on their NE campus at 4001 Osuna Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87109.  Applications are now available for kindergarten students through second grade. Enrollment is limited; for more information, call 505-344-0880.

Dr. Brian Nixon oversees publishing and education for Calvary Church. Call 344-0880 to find out about the innovative Christian education available for your children through Calvary Christian School.

Joy Junction is a 501(c)(3) faith-based church ministry that offers emergency and short-term essentials such as food, clothing, counseling, transportation, shelter to homeless men, women, children, and families throughout Albuquerque. Guests also receive an array of other services for their spiritual and emotional needs. Elma Reynalds is the CEO of the Joy Junction Ministry. Her late husband, Dr. Jeremy Reynalds, was the Founder. Elma said, “We believe in giving the homeless a Hand Up, not a handout, to help them get back on their feet.”

Website: https://www.joyjunction.org/  Shelter Phone: 505.877.6967

Toya is the Founder of “For the One.” The ministry is both an action-based sex trafficking prevention ministry and a Phase 3 survivor support program offering emergency financial support to survivors who are ready for more independent next steps.” For the One is holding its first-ever VULNERABLE NO MORE EVENT on JUNE 18TH, 2021!  The event will be held at the Central Campus of Legacy Church, 6:00-8:00 pm,  7201 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121. Please let your friends know the VULNERABLE NO MORE EVENT is FREE!

The event will also be live-streamed. For more information, go to https://www.fortheone.one/.

New Mexico State Senator Mark Moores is a candidate for the U.S. House to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. Paul Gessing is the President of the Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s free-market liberty-oriented think tank and research institute.  Paul reviews the top legislative priorities Senator Moores will have in Washington if elected.

Senator Moores prioritized the following concerns:

  • I am going to push for reforms that help law enforcement do their jobs.
  • We have to secure our borders.
  • We have to have a legal immigration system. We are a very proud nation of immigrants. It’s our DNA, but we have to follow the law.
  • New Mexico is much harder on small businesses than they are on criminals.
  • We are one of only 12 states that tax social security. It is absolutely unfair to double tax our senior citizens on social security.


The First Joni and Friends New Mexico Family Retreat is coming up June 29-July 3, 2021. Family Retreats offer a safe and accepting Christ-centered environment for individuals affected by disability and their families, making it a little slice of heaven for everyone! At Family Retreat, families are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated in an accessible camp environment.

Sandi Scripter is the Area Director for Joni and Friends New Mexico. Marcy Patten is the Ministry Operations Manager, and Nichole Moberly is a blessed parent, thankful for the ministry of Joni and Friends. Joni Eareckson Tada is the Founder and CEO of the international ministry of Joni and Friends.

Nichole said, “It is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to a family retreat knowing that your kids are perfectly safe. People (Joni and Friends) love your family right where they are.” Information about the Joni and Friends Family Retreat and more is available at www.joniandfriends.org/new-mexico/ or call 505-835-5263.

“We are all disabled in one way or another. We all have limitations. We all suffer and deal with afflictions and disappointments that can be spirit-crushing to our hearts. But, it need not be if we avail ourselves to the Lord Jesus and His grace,” Joni said!