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A FOCUS on May...

As I sit typing this evening in an effort to update you on the happenings this month, we are awaiting the arrival of the fourth set of "guests" we've entertained over the last few weeks. The best way to inform you of all that has been going on will be to show you a few pictures and tell you a bit about who has been here, and how we have been blessed to serve each of them. 

This is Dan and Allison Knowles from Tehachapi, CA. They are friends from waaaaaaaaay back (their daughter, Michal, now a mom of a spunky baby girl, was in Peg's first grade class at Pagosa Elementary almost 20 years ago). They arrived the first week of May, and Dan (a builder) coached Bay in framing up a new tack shed for the horses gear, along with hay storage... We can't begin to say how grateful we were for the way they came alongside to give us a hand... Our four horses are an integral part of the ministry to the "ministers" the Lord sends our way. 
Just a couple of days after the Knowles left, Pastor Ron Williams (above) arrived from Ft. Wayne, IN. Ron shepherds a church of just over 5000 (Pathway Community), where Bay has been honored to fill the pulpit from time to time, and Peg has led several women's retreats. Ron is also a single dad to his four teenagers, after recently losing his wife, Laura, to cancer. The R & R he was able to get as he stayed in Gramma Dot's peaceful little cottage is preparing Ron to get back to his ministry, where he has a huge impact for the eternal Kingdom...
This past week, we were blessed to have Okongo and Shyla Samson with us. Okongo has quite a story (in fact, I don't think we even came close to hearing all his stories). Okongo and Shyla head up Unite4Africa, a ministry to raise up leaders in African churches. With his Kenyan background, Okongo understands perfectly how crucial it is to have indigenous leaders serving the Lord in their own country. Not only do they minister to leaders, but also have an outreach to the orphans, sex-trafficked children/women, and the poor. Okongo just released his first book (another soon to follow), which can be found on Amazon: Abducted But Not Forsaken. Okongo joined Bay, who'd been slated to speak at Valor Christian Academy, last Wednesday afternoon. They co-shared as "brothers from different mothers," their stories. Okongo's story is truly one of healing and forgiveness. Following chapel, one young gal came forward telling Bay and Okongo, she desperately needed the healing they talked about... It was a powerful time of prayer, as Okongo, Bay, and one of the Valor teachers gathered around her and prayed. Following the service, many of her classmates, also surrounded her with hugs and more prayer. 

As you can tell, Okongo loved playing cowboy...
This evening the District Superintendent of Nazarene Churches in the Pacific Northwest (and his wife) will join us, along with another couple from their church. 

 On Saturday, Peg will be leading a women's event on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Dulce...and Bay will be preaching there on Sunday morning.

We look forward to all the Lord will do in this upcoming week...

Stay tuned...
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