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Erika, Leila, and Jodie are “Freedom Advocates” with Mercy Multiplied. The biblically-based ministry is a residential counseling program helping young women ages 13-32 break free from life-controlling issues and situations, including anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, unplanned pregnancy, and sex trafficking. These residential services are offered free of charge. Volunteers are needed to serve in the ministry. More information is available at https://mercymultiplied.com/.

Sign up for the Run for Mercy 5K and Family Walk to help raise money for the ministry. Sign up at https://secure.mercymultiplied.com/site/TR?fr_id=2012&pg=entry. The team name is “New Mexico for Mercy!”

Brian Cochran believes the principles that guide our lives should also guide our business. “Our values serve as the foundation for how we treat our clients, our partners, and our communities.” Brian is the President of the John Moore Associates. In this episode of ABQ Connect, he talks about the following economic indicators:

  • The April jobs report came in over 700,000 jobs short of expectations.
  • Inflation is trending much higher than expected. Core CPI has the highest month-over-month rise since 1982.
  • Retail sales showed no progress in April.

For more detailed information, go to https://www.johnmoore.com/.

Manuel Gonzales is currently serving his second term as our Bernalillo County Sheriff. He has announced he is running for Mayor of Albuquerque in November 2021. Reducing crime, addressing homelessness, and bringing business and jobs to Albuquerque are his top priorities. Sheriff Gonzales said, “Put people before politics! Every elected officials’ obligation is to protect the people first and foremost!”  For more information about Manuel (Manny) Gonzales III and his campaign for Mayor of Albuquerque, go to https://www.mannyforabq.com/news.

Katherine Gardner is the Registrar for Calvary College. Jaden is a High School student in Albuquerque who is also taking courses with Calvary College. Jaden said, ” I think a lot of college students are talked out of their faith at university because they don’t have that foundation, to begin with.” Calvary College is open to everybody!  For more information, call Katherine at 505.338.3680 or email: info@calvaryabq.college.

Karen Warin and Dale Coffing are part of the Navigators Workplace Ministry Staff in Albuquerque. The Workplace mission of The Navigators is all about “Transforming the Worker, the Work, and the Workplace.” The Navigators is a non-denominational international Christian ministry. Dale said, “You glorify God by being the very best you can be in the workplace.” “One of the marks of a follower of Christ is doing your work with excellence,” Karen said.

The next Faith at Work virtual event is June 9, 2021. THE EVENTS are FREE!  For more information, go to http://www.navigatorsabq.org/.

Right To Life Committee of New Mexico Executive Director Ethel Maharg shares the new focus of her team’s efforts, “My favorite right is life.”  Ethel has yard signs for anyone who wants to fight for life in New Mexico. Call 505-881-4563 for more information or reach out on the web at https://www.rtlnm.org/.

The yard signs are available for free in both English and Spanish. They are yours FREE for the asking!

Next Step Ministry Director Todd Loudon said, “We exist to provide help and hope to men who have taken initial steps to move from a damaged or broken lifestyle to a life that glorifies God. We help men that have been affected by poverty, addiction, trauma, or even just the everyday life issues that we all face.  The true heart of Next Step is discipleship. We walk with our men through life, teaching and showing them the power and love of Jesus Christ.”

Barry Waddleton is a Chaplain with the ministry. Volunteers are needed in many different areas, including accountability partners, Bible study leaders, worship attendants, and more. Contact the ministry at  505-717-7941 or reach them on the web at https://www.nextstepnm.com/.


Brian Cochran is the President of John Moore Associates. His update today includes a review of the New Mexico housing market, the shortage of inventory, and his concerns about home buyers overextending themselves to purchase a home.

Brian also reviews their May 6, 2021 webinar presented by John Moore Associates featuring Miriam Neff, Founder of Widow Connection. The webinar discussing wise money management just for widows is available FREE at https://www.johnmoore.com/insights/.

The New Mexico Republican Party is holding a three-day working retreat May 14-16 in Amarillo, TX, called “Operation Freedom.” Congressman Steve Pearce is the Chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party. He said, “It’s crunch time right now! If we don’t start changing the state soon, then there is no path back for us. No state, no country, no family can exist without the next generation. Our young people are leaving (the state) at an amazing rate.”

Find out more about Operation Freedom here: https://newmexico.gop/events/operation-freedom/.  In this episode, Congressman Pearce shares his perspectives on the Congressional District 1 Special Election and Republican candidate Mark Moores. He also talks about the upcoming Albuquerque Mayoral Election. For more information about the Republican Party of New Mexico, go to https://newmexico.gop/.

Gail is a certified Thanatologist and a pioneering death educator. Rubin is a public speaker, a published author of three books, host of a TV interview series and podcast, a blogger, a funeral industry trade journalist, a Certified Funeral Celebrant, and an innovator in the funeral business. She created a conversation-starting game called The Newly-Dead Game®, introduced the Death Café movement in the United States, and held the first Before I Die Festival west of the Mississippi in 2017. Albuquerque Business First named her one of their 2019 Women of Influence.

Gail has many resources available for funeral planning on her website https://agoodgoodbye.com/, including her books and checklists to help you start the planning process. Here is a list of her books:

  • A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die
  • Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies Templates and Tips
  • Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die (with a 50-point Executor’s Checklist)