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November 17, 2022

Don Davis put together a great crew of volunteers to work in Estancia November 7-10. In all, twelve volunteers from Portales, Clovis, Chama, Albuquerque, and Estancia worked at the Baprist Children's Home campus and FBC Estancia. Mike Cannata hosted the team at the BCH Estancia campus for housing and meals. FBC Estancia volunteers graciously provided meals for the team.

The team removed sheetrock and prepared rooms for tubs and showers at the Baptist Children's Home campus. They also removed sheetrock, beefed-up trusses and other construction preparation so the new building at FBC Estancia could be tied into the existing building.

Pictured below are the main building for the Baptist Children's Home campus in Estancia and the future housing for children that is under construction.


We commend the fine work done by Don Davis and the Volunteer Christian Builders and would encourage others to get involved. Additionally, they are available to help churches in our association with construction projects. To learn more, call Don Davis at 575-760-9600.

We asked Herschel Dixon, who is a member and Deacon at FBC, Elida, to share with us about his recent trip to Ft. Myers Florida with the New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief team. This is what he had to say:

"On Saturday our Disaster Relief (DR) team pulled up and met a woman whose house had been under water because of Hurricane Ian on Sanibel Island. We prayed with her and began to assess the damages. Her husband had remained on the Island during the storm, and she had left the state. After 48 hours she found out that he had survived and was able to get off the island. He went to stay with a friend and was run over by a car the next day breaking his femur and numerous other bones. He nearly died and was now on a ventilator.

Six weeks after the hurricane, she was overwhelmed and had just started working on her house. She had lost all vehicles, all furnishings, and all belongings. The entire Island was still without power. We were there to help and be the hands and feet of Jesus, free of charge to do whatever needed to be done. She was amazed that eleven people from New Mexico would come all that way to help her. After 6 weeks of no progress on the house, two days with DR it was now cleaned up and prepared to start the rebuild. She was so appreciative of all that was done for her and felt hope for the first time.

What all did it take for all of us to be there? We flew into Florida with funds given by New Mexico Baptists, to a camp that Texas DR had set up. They had driven thousands of miles with a feeding, shower, laundry, mud-out, incident trailers and vans all of which were furnished and equipped by associations, churches and individuals. People from all over the US had come to cook, clean and man the trailers. If you are willing to go and cook, clean, pull nails, sweep, whatever DR can use you. No special skills needed, just a willingness to work and learn.

It will be a mission trip that will not only bless you but the people you are there to help. You will be blessed by making lifelong friends that you work with and work for. You work together, worship together, pour into one another like no where else. You will come home changed, the world will never look the same again."

Would you be interested in getting involved in the Disaster Relief Ministry of New Mexico? If so, reach out to the state director, Ed Greene at

On Thursday, November 3rd, Dress A Girl New Mexico Ambassador, Donna McFadden, packed a large suitcase with 125 dresses and $100 cash to be delivered to Lee Ann Sandavol from Dexter. The suitcase weighed a bit over 48 pounds. The dresses went to Gateway Orphanage and Kenya Widows and Orphans organization. Donna and her friend, Carolyn Thompson, then traveled to meet Lee Ann halfway between Portales and Dexter, where Donna gave her the suitcase full of dresses to take to Kenya and Lee Ann gave Donna some new dresses she had made for the ministry. The suitcase and Lee Ann are pictured below.

That evening, Donna received a call from Nancy Mayer, who wanted to take 125 dresses to Tanzania on December 13. Donna  had to tell her that they only had medium sized suitcases available that would only hold 75 dresses. They decided to get together soon with whatever could be worked out.

The next day, our DOM, Dave McFadden, attended the REVIVE! Conference in Albuquerque with Tri-Area pastors. While there, he was greeted by Ira Pinkston, Worship Pastor at Del Norte Baptist Church and his brother, Wade, whose mother, Alice Pinkston, from Las Cruces, had sent 40 dresses with Wade, who had been to Las Cruces to visit his folks and then left to attend a meeting in Santa Fe.

When Alice’s two sons walked into Dave’s meeting with this box of dresses, a couple in attendance asked what it was all about. Dave explained about Dress A Girl New Mexico and how they sent dresses in suitcases with money to pay for it, etc. The couple wanted to know where the ministry got suitcases and Dave told them they were donated. The man asked Dave to go with him to his car where he gave Dave a large suitcase.

The suitcase is pictured below filled with 130 dresses and $100 provided by the ministry for it to be taken on board a plane as an extra suitcase by Nancy when she goes on her trip to Tanzania. The suitcase was picked up this past Tuesday by Ricardo Rivera, who was in Portales to meet with the Advisory Team for our church plant there, Cristo es la Puerta. He took it back to Albuquerque to the Baptist Building, where Nancy will arrange to have it picked up.


On Friday, November 4th, while Dave was getting the suitcase mentioned above at the REVIVE! Conference, Donna was blessed to receive the pictures below from Dyanne Frazer, from Portales, who had taken dresses with her to Kenya. Dyanne said that each of the little girls in the photos was three years old.

If all of this wasn't enough, Donna noticed the picture below shared on Facebook. It is a picture of a group from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas which includes Katelynn Kenyon, daughter of Rusty and Amanda Kenyon. Rusty is pastor of Forrest Community Church.

The group consists of more than 20 students, faculty, and staff, who traveled for a Study Abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa, where they were going to build community gardens, work with nonprofit organizations and provide young readers with books from Storybridge and Leaders Readers Network. Additionally, thanks to Katelynn, they are taking 100 dresses with them for women and girls.

The Advisory Team for Cristo es la Puerta met this past Tuesday afternoon at FBC Portales. The meeting began with a consideration of the reports that pastor Arturo Villa had turned in for the months of September and October.

The reports showed that the church had averaged 25 in attendance during those two months. It also showed that the congregation had given an average of $1,400.00 to their budget.

Ricardo Rivera of the BCNM had asked sponsoring churches to consider going an extra year in support of the new work to help the congregation build up its giving more. Consequently, there was discussion in the meeting about which churches were going to maintain their financial contributions in 2023. It was revealed that FBC Portales, Conchas, Calvary Portales, Arch, and Emmanuel Farmington, were all going to continue their monthly contributions to support la Puerta.

The group discussed the need for the congregation to learn about developing a budget. It was decided that Ricardo was going to meet with the congregation for this purpose and teach them how to conduct regular business meetings. The Advisory Team will move to meeting quarterly in 2023.
Angel Arms is a ministry of Central Baptist Church. The main goal of this ministry is to give single airmen from Cannon Air Force Base airline tickets to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas to be with family.
These airmen are identified by their first sergeants as needing financial help to purchase airfare. They usually range in age from 18 - 25. These young airmen have not been home in over a year and for some it may even be as many as 4 or 5 years. Since its inception, Angel Arms has made it possible for over 300 airmen to be with family during the holidays. In recent years Angel Arms has had the opportunity to also help airmen go home to see terminally ill family members and to attend funerals.

Each January there is a reception for the airmen that benefited from this ministry. During the reception they are given the chance to tell their story and give thanks to the community for their support. The stories they tell make it evident each was chosen, by God, for a reason. They are very appreciative to be given the opportunity to spend time with family they haven't seen in quite a while.
If you would like to donate to this ministry, please make your donation payable to Central Baptist Church and mail to 2501 N. Norris, Clovis, NM 88101. To be sure our account is credited with your donation, please write Angel Arms on the memo line of your check. For additional information please contact Esther Steinle at 575-799-6348.
#GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving; it follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and kicks off the giving season. #GivingTuesday began in 2012 and since that time has encouraged people to give online and through social media to causes they believe in. 

It's not too early to begin praying about supporting the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home on Giving Tuesday (November 29, 2022).

You can help NMBCH to reach its goal of $50,000 in 24 hours by being a giver, fundraiser and promoter. Click HERE to learn more about this!

Dave and Donna were out this previous week, visiting grandkids in New Braunfels, Texas. After attending the early service at their church in San Marcos, they made their way back to Portales to start a new week. Dave and Donna's youngest grandkids, Echo and Enoch, are pictured below on a night when Pa (Dave) was responsible for preparing supper for the kids.

Dave joined with the Ft. Sumner area pastors for lunch on Monday. On Tuesday, he participated in the Advisory Team meeting for Cristo es la Puerta. Dave also gave time this week doing sermon preparation for a message he will share with Highland Baptist Church in Clovis on Sunday. The rest of the week was spent in one-on-one meetings with pastors and working on the weekly newsletter.
Click HERE to check out the Good Books section of our website. We also have a Spanish version called Buenos Libros which you can check out by clicking HERE.
The book of the week this week is The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It is recommended by: Dr. Danny Aikin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

One of the most important theologians of the twentieth century illuminates the relationship between ourselves and the teachings of Jesus

What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between "cheap grace" and "costly grace." "Cheap grace," Bonhoeffer wrote, "is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.

Click HERE if you want to purchase this book from Amazon. Other book sellers may have it available, too.

Please make any checks payable to the Tri-Area Baptist Association and mail them to 1100 W. Mañana Blvd, Clovis, New Mexico 88101.
Have an event coming up at your church? Email us at: or sending us a text message at 575-714-7788.
November 2022 -
24th - Thanksgiving Day

December 2022 -
6th - Portales Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
7th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
19th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
22nd - 31st - Association Office Closed

January 2023 -
1st - 2nd -
Association Office Closed
3rd - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
4th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
9th - Executive Board meeting
16th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon

February 2023 -
1st -
Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
7th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
16th - Don't Blow Up Your Ministry Webinar
20th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
23rd - Capitol Prayer Gathering
27th - Youth Ministry Summit Albuquerque
27 - 28th - State Evangelism Conference

March 2023 -
1st - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
4th - VBS/Children's Ministry Training FBC Portales
7th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
20th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
31st - Tri-Area DNOW

April 2023 -
1st - Tri-Area DNOW
4th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
5th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
22nd - Tri-Area Young Lives Ablaze

May 2023 - 
2nd - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
3rd - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
6th - Church Financial Workshop with Gerald Farley
15th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon

June 2023 - 
5-9 - BCNM StuCamp 1.0 Sivells
6-9 - Hispanic Family Camp Inlow
6th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
7th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
12-16 - BCNM Kids Camp Inlow
12-16 - BCNM StuCamp 2.0 Sivells
13-14 SBC Annuyal Meeting New Orleans LA
19-23 - Indian Family Camp Inlow
19-23 - BCNM Kids Camp Sivells
19th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
26-30 - BCNM StuCamp 3.0 Inlow

July 2023 - 
4th - Portales Area Ministers fellowship at Noon
5th - Clovis Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
10-14 - Worship4Life Camp Inlow
17th - Ft. Sumner Area Ministers Fellowship at Noon
17-21 - Children's Music Camp Inlow
24-28 - Children's Mission Camp Inlow

Got a question about any of the above events? Call Dave at 575-607-5495.
Submit a resume by sending it to the following mailing address:

First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

321 E Center Street
Tucumcari, New Mexico  88401
First Baptist Church
Senior Pastor Position

102 W. Wisconsin

PO Box 335
Melrose, New Mexico  88124

Iglesia Bautista Belen
Senior Pastor Position
820 N. Reid
PO Box 2046
Clovis, New Mexico  88102
Join our text team which allows you to receive requests for prayer. The purpose is to pass along prayer needs submitted by our churches. Requests are sent to you via text message.

You can join our Prayer Team by simply texting your name and the message, “I want to join the prayer team,” to 575-607-5495. Our DOM will then send you an invitation to join the team.

New or updated requests appear in bold type.

Pray for the success of the CPR initiative between Sandia Baptist in Clovis, Tri-Area, and the BCNM.

Pray for the success of the CPR initiative between Forrest Heights in Clovis, Tri-Area, and the BCNM.

Pray for Foundations of Faith Dairy Ministry.

Pray for our pastorless churches: Iglesia Bautista Belen in Clovis, FBC Melrose, and FBC, Tucumcari.

Pray for Emmanuel Baptist Portales, who is needing to fill a worship leader position and a youth leader position.

Pray for our church plant in Portales, Iglesia Bautista Cristo es la Puerta.

Pray for the Christian Challenge ministry at Eastern.

Pray for the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home and their search for a new President/Executive Director. 

Pray for all our pastors and other ministerial staff and leaders.
Sign up to receive a monthly prayer list from International Mission Board missionaries who have ties to New Mexico. You can do so by simply emailing Karen Pilgreen and requesting to be added to her email list. You may do so by clicking HERE.
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