ABQ Connect Episode Archive

Search Episodes

Justin Gibbins uses his love of hunting to encourage the people he loves, HUNTERS, by sharing his faith in the Savior he loves, JESUS.  He founded LIMITLESS OUTDOORS to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the hunting community through high-quality videos on YouTube. Andrew Pryor is the Director of Assimilation. He follows up with new believers and those who want to be discipled through the First Mile discipleship program that Limitless Outdoors offers. Men and Women in the hunting community are part of the ministry and the sport they are passionate about.

Dennis Poper is the Co-Chair for New Mexico Men of Honor. He is constantly looking to reach out to men where they are in life. The ministry hosts quarterly gatherings with speakers like Justin Gibbins.

Information about LIMITLESS OUTDOORS is available at https://limitlesshunting.com/.  Find the schedule for New Mexico Men of Honor online at https://www.nmmenofhonor.com/.

Watch Justin harvest a bear and sleep inside the bearskin to stay warm and survive the cold night on a rocky ridge here: https://youtu.be/zcwS-aPz_0M.

“I am a firm believer that food should be fun and tasty,” Jennifer Bryant said. “Food is not the enemy!” Jennifer is the owner of NourishedNutritionCounseling.com. The resources available on her website https://nourishednutritioncounseling.com/ include FREE recipes and her Food and Faith to Fuel Your Health Newsletter. Jennifer provides clients with personal Nutrition Counseling with an emphasis on a Biblical perspective to eating well.

On May 27, 2001, American Missionaries Gracia Burnham and her husband Martin had their anniversary celebration interrupted when terrorists kidnapped them in the early morning hours from their resort room in the Dos Palmas Resort on Palawan Island Phillippines. Gracia shares her story of ultimate forgiveness and hope during their year-long struggle to survive in this episode.  Her best-selling book, “In the Presence of My Enemies,” has been updated to include new information about her captors and life today in the Burnham Family.

Gracia will be speaking in Albuquerque Friday, September 3, 2021, at 7:00 pm at Hope Church. There is no charge for the event. Hope Church is located at 4710 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. She will also be speaking at Faith Bible Church on Sunday morning, September 5, 2021. Faith Bible Church is located at 9600 Central Ave. SE. in Albuquerque. Gracia will be sharing time Sunday morning with the Sunday school children at 9:15 am and in the morning worship service at 10:30 am. More information is available about Gracia’s Ministry and her books at https://graciaburnham.org/.

Colonel James Quick (USAF Ret.) and Chief Master Sergeant Fred Bryant (USAF Ret.) are working to help spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country through scholarships and other assistance. Colonel Quick serves as the President of Folds of Honor New Mexico, and Cheif Master Sargeant serves on the Board of Directors. The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Colonel Quick said, “Being called upon to help a family is a Godly thing. We are very touched by the opportunity to help people who need our help to bridge the gap between a family that has suffered a devasting loss or disabling injury to fulfill the educational needs of the spouse or kids left behind.” More information about supporting the Folds of Honor New Mexico is available at https://newmexico.foldsofhonor.org/.

The Del Norte Rotary Club is a sponsor of Folds of Honor New Mexico!

The Sagebrush Auto Show returns for a twelfth year on Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Sagebrush Church, located at the Riverside Campus on Albuquerque’s Westside (6440 Coors Blvd NW; the intersection of Coors and LaOrilla). The event is FREE to attend from 9 am until 3 pm. Food and drinks are FREE.  Event Co-Chairman, Dave Rayes and  Kevin Koppenhaver said, “The show attracts more than 200 classic cars, hotrods, customs, and all kinds of motorcycles each year.”

The car show is judged and will feature individual and car club entries from all over New Mexico. The cost to enter a vehicle in the show is $25. The Sagebrush Auto Show will give trophies for over two dozen classes/categories of cars, trucks, and motorcycles to include an overall best of the show, chairman’s choice, and Pastor Todd’s choice.  Registration forms can be found at https://www.sagebrush.church/ website or can be picked up at the church office.

You can buy raffle tickets now online at https://www.sagebrush.church/  for a 1972 Chevy Nova and a 2003 Toyota 4×4. The Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Sagebrush Church Ministries, including the Pit Stop Car Maintenance Ministry. Go online to https://www.sagebrush.church/ for more information.

The Reload Love Afghanistan Emergency Relief Campaign is underway. Lenya Heitzig is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Reload Love. She said, “They say when a kid is traumatized (by terror), there are three things you should do. Get them to safety, acknowledge what happened (listen to their story and affirm it’s not their fault), and restore normalcy. Whether that is a soccer ball, crayons, a playground, whatever it is, it will help kids recover from trauma.” Reload Love provides trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs & safe spaces (such as playgrounds) for children victimized by terrorism. Lenya said, “Help us, help other people be comforted and cared for, and help us be a lifeline!” Go to https://reloadlove.com/ to donate!

Nic McKinley served our county in the United States Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency for over 17 years. His experience includes six combat deployments into Afghanistan. During this time, he became aware of the atrocities that humans are capable of and the inadequate to nonexistent methods to eradicate the problems. Nic shares his hurts and hopes for the people he loves in Afghanistan as the US Military leaves the country. He explains the 20-year mission of US Forces in Afghanistan and how we ended up in the mess we are in today.

Nic believes in the work Reload Love is doing to provide help to the people of Afghanistan and especially the children. Reload Love Ministry Director Jennifer Santiago and Marketing and Production Manager Kelly Besedick appeal for help in the Reload Love Afghanistan Emergency Relief Campaign. Please visit https://reloadlove.com/ for more information.


Calvary Elementary School has started the 2021-22 school year with grades K-2 on the campus of Calvary Church. Pastor Brian Nixon oversees education and publishing for Calvary Church.  He said, “Our goal is to educate the whole student within a Christian context of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social development.” More information is available at https://calvarychurchelementary.com/, or call 505-338-4848.

Luke 2:52: And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. NASB


Bernadette Shanaberger, Brian Nixon and Katherine Gardner serve on the education team at Calvary Church Albuquerque. Bernadette shares how Calvary Elementary is about more than just teaching kids about God and the Bible. A foundation in faith filters into the atmosphere of their thoughts and builds character in every child.

Brian Nixon, the author of Master Teacher, shares how Calvary Preschool, Calvary Elementary and Calvary College use Luke 2 as a foundation of education. By looking at how Jesus learned and how he later came to teach, we can see how Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with both God and man.

Katherine Gardner, the registrar of Calvary College, says these  courses offer every student a biblical knowledge and background. This teaches them how to present to others what God wants them to present. Share what you KNOW, not what you think.

At the end of the day, the educational team at Calvary Church just wants one thing for their students. They want to make them the best loved and the best taught in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Dream Center Executive Director Shelley Repp and Lead Client Case Manager Abby McClelland are part of a special ministry rescuing children from sex traffickers. Abby said, “Our clients have had only had experiences with unhealthy people, and we want them to know how healthy relationships look. We always talk about the future and less about the past. We focus on building relationships with our clients to show them (an example) a healthy relationship and show them they are worthy. They deserve to be heard because for so long, they have been told they are worthless.” If you need help, call or text the New Mexico Dream Center Hotline at NMDC Hotline 505-504-1301. More information is available at https://www.nmdreamcenter.org/our-story.