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Over 3000 children per week in Albuquerque Public Schools alone are food insecure. Feed New Mexico Kids Founder Holly Slade talks with us about how, together, WE CAN FEED KIDS IN NEED THROUGHOUT NEW MEXICO! Caller, Wanda Golson, a volunteer with High Desert United Methodist  Church in Rio Rancho, NM, helped get their Feed New Mexico Kids Ministry started. Wanda said, “Holly gave us room to do this in a way that fits our congregation.”They are already helping to provide 200 snack packs per month for children in Rio Rancho.

You are invited to join Holly Wanda and Team Feed New Mexico Kids Friday, October 22, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm at Calvary Church Westside, 6051 Winter Haven Road, NW in Albuquerque, to learn more about “HOW YOU CAN FEED NEW MEXICO KIDS.” Filmmaker Sarah Kanfani’s Child Hunger Documentary will premiere at the event with speakers Holly Slade,  Pediatrician Dr. Alwyn Koil, and Calvary Pastor Kevin Miller. THE EVENT IS FREE!

“It’s not your fault,” said Abby Williams, “Touched” Documentary Film Director and Producer. Mercy Multiplied Freedom Advocates Jodie Hix, Leila Armstrong, and Jocelyn Medina join REAL Connections Founder Amy Allen and Film Maker Abby Williams to talk about sexual assault. The following links are resources available to victims of sexual assault:

Danny Sanchez is the Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach Church in Albuquerque. “Friday night, October 29, 2021, Victory Outreach is hosting the New Mexico Men of Honor Event,” said Dennis Poper, Co-Chair of New Mexico Men of Honor.” The vision of New Mexico Men of Honor is to unite, equip, and encourage men in New Mexico through quarterly events that focus on worship, prayer, and Bible teaching.

New Mexico Men of Honor asks men from churches all over New Mexico to come together, uniting in Jesus in prayer, worship, and discipleship. Pastor Richard Mansfield, the Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church, will be bringing a special message. The event is FREE. Worship starts at 6:30 pm. Victory Outreach Church is located at 435 Jefferson SE Albuquerque, NM 87108.

John Moore Associates President Brian Cochran shared his perspective on the latest unemployment numbers to be released. He expresses his concerns about public policy decisions made in reaction to the pandemic, including unemployment benefits. Brian said, “Are we programming people not to return to work? He said, “God designed us to work. I like to think of the Bible as a recipe book. It gives us all the ingredients for human thriving. One of those ingredients is labor or work. When people are not working, they tend not to thrive.”

More information about Biblical Investing and money management is available at https://www.johnmoore.com/insights/.

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.