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The question of whether there is a constitutional right to seek an abortion—at any stage, in any pregnancy, or for any reason was brought to the forefront of American politics, public policy, and law as US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the press in early May. The Dobbs case is a challenge to a restrictive Mississippi abortion law. Ethel Maharg, Executive Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico and candidate for the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor, brings her perspective on the issue(s) to ABQ Connect. Abby Williams, KLYT Producer, adds questions from the perspective of a Gen Z citizen.  Ethel said, “Roe vs. Wade is going to be overturned whether they like it or not.”

For more information about the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, go to https://www.rtlnm.org/.

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are on the ground in Lviv, Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes. The team of crisis-trained chaplains are serving alongside medical personnel with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster relief organization that is operating an Emergency Field Hospital and a triage clinic near a busy train station. Josh Holland, International Director of the Billy Graham-Rapid Response Teams, spent close to a week in Ukraine assisting with training efforts. Josh said,  “Even though so many Ukrainians are experiencing the worst circumstances they’ve ever been through, they’re also encountering the love of Jesus Christ through these chaplains who are crying with them, praying with them, and just listening to their stories.”

Beverly Rich, Deborah Roberts, and Ann E. Wibbenmeyer lead the “Called Christian’s Ministry” Team in Jinja, Uganda.
Called Christians is a diverse outreach in Jinja, Uganda. The website is updated frequently with prayer requests, ministry updates, and a secure portal to support the ministry financially.

Bev said, “Most of our ministries are done, my Ugandans. Many people who do our ministries are the kids we have raised up! Go to https://calledchristians.org/ for more information.

Alicia Kielpinski (Skies) is a contestant with “You God’s Music,” She believes music ministry is God’s calling in her life. You God’s Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a place of unity and joy through the power of music and the promotion of Christian talent.

Alicia said, “The world is in your face. All these lies and all these things coming at you! If you are not daily in the Word, it (the noise) defeats you.” Listen to the Christian Artists competing in the “You God’s Music” competition and consider voting for artists you like. There is a small charge for voting, but you can listen for FREE!  Alicia’s song “Filter Out the Noise” is now available at https://yougodsmusic.org/music/. First-round voting ends May 8, 2022.

The Rio Grande Food Project envisions a world where every person has plentiful, nutritious food. Development Director Kathi Cunningham and Executive Director Ari Herring are working to make it happen! The Rio Grande Food Project is a food pantry, urban garden, and community hub. Ari said, “Almost a third of people receiving food from the Rio Grande Food Project are children. Part of the beauty of our Urban Garden is that it’s for some kids their first introduction to cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. That connection to where food really comes from, fresh, beautiful vegetables. Growing food from the earth is a piece of our work that is truly loved by the community.”


Location: 600 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121  (Behind Rio Grande Presbyterian Church, south of I-40, across the street from West Mesa High in the dirt parking lot).

For assistance, email rgfp@rgfp.org or call 505.831.3778!  For volunteer opportunities, call Kathi Cunningham at 505-831-3778.

Santa Fe Christian School (SFC) is our featured Christian School for May 2022. First Baptist Church of Santa Fe has graciously offered the use of their beautiful facility to house the school.  First Baptist will house SFC for the first few years of its operation. Spacious classrooms, natural lighting, private bathrooms, on-site security, and a brand new playground are expected to be completed in fall 2022. Vince Torres is a Founding Member of Santa Fe Christian School. He said, “We are proud and honored to say we have support from 10 other churches in Santa Fe who have just been incredible.”

Apply now and talk with school leadership at https://santafechristian.org/.

Feed New Mexico Kids (FNMK) is a 501 (c)3 Christian Ministry that provides children with food for the weekends. Tracy Rodden is the new Executive Director of FNMK, and Zanetta Crocker is the Community Outreach Director with Calvary Church. Both ladies have had personal experience with food insecurity growing up.

During our broadcast, Carlos Griego, Owner of Bosque Home Services, stopped by KLYT to donate $3000 to Feed New Mexico Kids. For more information about Feed New Mexico Kids, go to https://feednmkids.com/.

For King and Country, the Christian Band is in concert Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Tingley Colosseum in Albuquerque. The band is helping to promote Feed New Mexico Kids! Tickets to the show are available at https://www.forkingandcountry.com/pages/tour.

In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness month, Mercy Multiplied is offering their MPower Workshop free of charge to be held at New Covenant Church from May 2, 2022, through June 20th (7-weeks). Participants will have their choice of Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings to take the MPower workshop. Leila said, “The MPower Workshop has been designed as a tool to help equip you as you seek to support those who are hurt and struggling.” We have lost a Senior Christian High School student and a Pastor’s wife to suicide in the past month.

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

Here is the course date and topic schedule:

  • May 2nd: Your Call
  • May 3rd: Your Call
  • May 9th: The Why Behind the What
  • May 10th: The Why Behind the What
  • May 16th: Helping Hurting People
  • May 17th: Helping Hurting People
  • May 23rd: Hearing from God
  • May 24th Hearing from God
  • May 30th: (Memorial Day)
  • May 31st Keys to Freedom
  • June 6th: Keys to Freedom
  • June 7th Boundaries
  • June 13th: Boundaries
  • June 13th Self Care
  • June 20th: Self Care

Chip and Larissa Lusko share the inspiration, fun, and encouragement of  their recent tour of Israel. Chip is the Director of Connection Communications. Larissa is the Director of Social Media and Donor Relations for the Tall el-Hammam Ecavation Project (TeHEP). Chip said, “Going to Israel really brings the Bible to life, especially the Old Testament.”