Thursday, December 22, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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For some reason it is not wanting to enlarge so the content of newsletter is below picture of newsletter
(will I ever get this computer stuff figured out????)
Friday, September 9, 2011
Have you ever had the thought that you would like to change your name? Maybe something that had a little different ring to it or that you thought fit you better.
The things you love about our mission—our people, our passion for serving Christ in the U.S., our
history, and our love for each other—remain
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
In one of our updates I talked about this area being categorized as “frontier” rather than rural. I should clarify this a bit in that that is true for most of the approximately 20000 square miles that we serve. The city of Pueblo (population approx.105,000) is on the north edge of our ministry area and is the closest town of any size to provide many of the essential needs.
Our ministry area is larger than 9 of the states in our country. This area takes in the counties of Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Custer, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, and part of Pueblo.Some of you asked, after reading my encyclopedic update, “what are some of the challenges to ministry in a “frontier” area?”
One of the very obvious challenges is the distances of travel. That really boils down to amount of time spent traveling and cost to travel. This can make for some long days and as we are all aware the price of fuel is not cheap.
Also if anyone has taught adult reading please contact us with any helps or suggestions you may have!
Jonathan and Andreas have made it to Panama this past Saturday (Aug 27) and are making their way back up through the same countries they traveled to get to their destination. The trip has been awesome for them so far! Thank you for your prayers and please continue!
We are always in need of strong Christians to come along side us.
So many more opportunities for ministry are available, After school Bible club, teaching parenting skills, etc. The needs are so great- the opportunities abound- The rewards eternal!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Below is our June 2011 Newsletter.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I keep telling you that we are in rural South East Colorado.
But I was informed recently that we are not rural, we are considered frontier.
Here is the definition that explains that determination:
What are some of the challenges facing frontier areas?
Answer: The isolation and distances that classify an area as frontier results in long trips to attend school, shop for groceries, get health care, and reach other basic services. Public transportation options are often limited or unavailable in frontier areas, making access to needed services difficult for low-income households, the elderly and disabled. Frontier areas face seasonal travel barriers that can make travel difficult. For those living in mountainous areas, some roads and passes may be closed in winter, leading to longer travel times. Residents may find that winter driving in the frontier extends travel times because they need to slow down to adequately account for road conditions and limited visibility. Flooding caused by melting snow and heavy rains can force the closure of main roads for unexpected and extended periods of time in both mountainous and flatland landscapes.
The economy in frontier areas is usually based on a few specific resources or activities and so are more at risk of downturns and boom-bust cycles. Tourism, farming, ranching, logging, and mining are some of the businesses that are common in rural areas. Frontier communities may be more vulnerable to less desirable sources of business income, such as nuclear waste disposal. Frontier areas where much of the land is federally owned may lack an adequate tax base to pay for needed services. (In SE Colorado most of the land is privately owned ranch land which is taxed but not at the level of residential property, leaving the counties with a low tax base for services).
This information is from the Rural Assistance Center website. My added comment in parenthesis.
Next update I will give you some snapshots to add to this mural.
Tonight I will also extend the invitation of “come and you will see” John 1:39.
A little update from Mary-
Happy Birthday Sweet William!
Bill with his Mom and Dad this January