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Spring 2016 - Part 1
 
The past year has simply been a blur for Melony and myself. Seems like yesterday was the end of summer and we were busy working alongside Neil & Clay Grant to winterize the AIYM Colorado camp. In truth that was 6 months ago and the snow is still falling. My how time flies when you're focused ahead on where the Lord is leading. Following in His footsteps is truly an "adventure" and it's usually just one step at a time. Since last summer we have been on mission taking the Gospel to; the Mexico border, the Amazon jungles of Peru, the top of the Glass Mountains, and to "neighbors" who pass through our lives each day.
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We thank everyone who has graciously chosen to partner with us in our ministry serving the risen Savior. Without your faithful prayers and generous financial support we simply could not minister to the families here, there, and abroad. You have helped to grow His kingdom, for His glory, by helping to enable us in spreading His Word! John 1:1,14, Rom 10:9-15. It has been said that the true measure of being rich is not how much we have, but how much we give. Mother Theresa said "it's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." The apostle Paul wrote "if I give all I have to the poor but have not love, I gain nothing." 1 Cor 13:3. And it has been said "we are not truly loving until it costs us something." Rom 5:8.
August
We hosted our 6th Annual Christian Youth Hunter Education Class at the Main Lodge in Eldorado. This course has become very popular with mothers who want to see their kids taking the State mandated "Hunter Education" course in a Christian environment, by highly trained professionals, and in a smaller class room setting where retention levels are much higher. We had 13 students take the class along with a dozen or more volunteers helping with the teaching, meals, shooting, family fishing, Sunday morning worship, fellowship meal and awards presentation afterwards. All of the kids passed their exams and participated in a "live fire" test at our range under the supervision of Texas Game Warden Chris Frey & TPWD Instructors Gary Riddle and Jim Roche. During the Sunday morning service 3 of the boys made decisions for Christ. They were given their own "Heart for the Outdoors Bible" then prayed over with their parents and 50 more family members in attendance.  
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September
Sept. 2nd Melony and I were asked to make a 30 min presentation of the AIYM "High Adventure Camp" to the Eldorado Lion's Club. Afterwards a lady named Connie Andrews approached us with a big smile on her face to say that she and her husband hunt elk each fall on the national forest surrounding the camp. She said they had noticed many improvements at the camp over the past 2 seasons but never in a million years did they think it would be from folks in their own home town of Eldorado, TX! 
 
Sept. 6th we hosted a "Family Fellowship" at the Main Lodge. The purpose was really to say goodbye to summer and to allow families the enjoyment of wetting a line in our lodge's fish pond. Several children caught their first fish while some mothers caught their first fish since growing up and leaving their childhood homes. After supper that night one of the dads gave his life to the Lord! There is power in the gospel and we should always be willing to share.
 
Sept. 10th We met with Amish rustic log builder Ruben Gingrich to get a bid on building a 32 x 50 Outdoor Pavilion that will serve the camp along with visitors to Alamosa Canyon and the surrounding Rio Grande National Forest as a place for Sunday worship, special events such as weddings, reunions, revivals and as a local community center. It will carry the name "Alamosa Canyon Christian Fellowship" or "ACCF." The Lord placed the building of this church squarely on my heart one year earlier. Within 7 days of receiving the bid, and having no funds at the time to build it, we received 100% of the funding from 3 generous families! Isn't God great! Construction is planned to begin May 15th with completion expected by June 15th. Then just 2 weeks ago we received a phone call from Pastor Mike Dixon of Christoval Baptist Church saying his church was getting new pews and would we like their old church pews for the camp? I quickly said yes! Little did he know the sentimental attachment I had for them because it was from one of those 91 yr old wood pews that I stood up and walked forward to receive Christ with then Pastor Buddy Trull 23 years earlier!
Sept. 16th we closed the camp for winter then flew south so that Melony could once again volunteer at the Eldorado Bible Club. She founded the club 6 years ago with the help of Presbyterian Pastor Joe McGee. EBC is held each week of school for kids in 2nd-4th grade at the United Methodist Church playground. Pastors & pastor's wives, along with volunteers from several area church denominations all come together to minister to these beautiful children through love for both them and the word of the Lord. Over the years this ministry has planted spiritual seeds in the hearts of almost 400 kids, many of whom are now calling Jesus, Lord!
 
 
October
Started off with a bang, literally! We hosted Ryan and Ian Matson, TX, Bob & Sally Lowder, NM, and Jeff Mayo's group of 9 hunters, FL, all on early season whitetail management hunts whereby the meat from the hunts was being donated to feed the children at Rancho 3M orphanage in Guadalupe, Mexico. The hunters harvested a ton of deer, really! When the deer were processed they yielded right at 1,000 lbs. of fresh, healthy venison for the children. That may not seem like a big deal to some folks on this side of the Rio Grande River but to those children on the other side who rarely get to eat meat it was huge! Just imagine what it would be like to eat nothing but bean burritos week after week!
 
This is what we call our "Kids Feeding Kids Ministry" but in this case it included adults too! Melony and I transported the venison 3 hours to Marathon, TX were we met up with William & Rachel Baize from Fort Davis, TX. William speaks fluent Spanish and both he & Rachel have a real heart for serving as "the hands & feet of Christ." They transported the freezers of meat another 5 hours west then crossed the border into Mexico and on to Rancho 3M.
 
While they were on their missionary journey, Melony and I were busy guiding an aoudad sheep hunt in the Glass Mountains of west Texas. One of our hunters shot a huge ram right before dark high up on the mountain. While skinning the sheep under the stars the hunter asked me some questions regarding the bible and salvation. This made for some wonderful conversation and after about 20 minutes the sheep was skinned and our hunter, Eddie R. made his own profession of faith. Rom 10:9-10
   
Oct. 16th we had a mission team comprised of youth, Youth Pastor and adult volunteers from Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs, NM. They traveled to the Main Lodge to participate in our "Kids Feeding Kids" program plus help a landowner clean up his ranch east of Eldorado. They harvested a number of whitetail deer, loaded up a couple of trailer loads of junk from the ranch and participated in devotionals along with sharing personal testimonies. On this hunt the guys hogged most of the action from the girls so we hosted a repeat hunt the first week of January. On that hunt the girls thoroughly whooped the guys harvesting almost all of the deer including some nice bucks!
Oct. 20th Jason Cramer brought his wife Marleah and twin 11 yr old boys down to the Main Lodge to try their hand at helping feed the children in the Mexico orphanage. The boys were successful in harvesting their first deer along with both making decisions for Christ! Talk about a great family adventure!
Oct. 26th Melony and I were invited to the home of Kent & Vicki Terrell to hear firsthand testimonies from team members from their July Peru Mission Trip. We had trained the 30 member team in evangelism through two training sessions a month prior to their departure. The excitement in their voices was contagious as they one by one shared their testimonies of how the training helped give them courage and confidence in sharing their faith. A number of team members led people to faith for their very first time. In all over 28 Peruvians made professions of faith!
Oct. 30th we hosted Olivia & Emily DeSelle on a youth management hunt. Their mom and dad brought the two girls all the way from south Louisiana to harvest their first whitetail bucks. Both girls were successful in harvesting a nice buck but Olivia did something more, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord & Savior. The family has already booked back for this fall! Also on this same hunt was Christie & Wes Wolfe, along with their son Paxton. Christie designed and built our AIYM.org web site! Paxton was hunting for his first deer and was successful in harvesting a nice 9 pt. buck!   
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