Archive for April, 2015

Apr 30

God’s Glory Spread Through Chainsaw Fellowship

2015 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Local,Native American

Earlier this month, DSC and some members from New City Church served a Native American reservation through their woodcutting ministry. Marvin G. writes:

During the beginning of the Butler’s ministry in the Counselor chapter of the Navajo Nation, they looked for a way they could minister to physical needs while ministering to spiritual needs and they were led by the Lord to their woodcutting ministry. In the beginning, more than twenty years ago, they cut by axe, because they did not have chainsaws. You can only imagine how difficult that was. While Dennie and I were blessed by the opportunity to host Pastor Tully, his wife Mary, and daughter Efren in our home, he told us a number of stories about learning English, about receiving the Lord and being called to the ministry, and about their woodcutting ministry to their community. Some of his stories were bittersweet. It was bitter because he sadly related about the breakdown of tradition and taking care of the elders. Many of the young people will make sure they have their nice cars and television but will do little to meet the needs of their grandparents, even to providing basic needs like firewood. It was sweet because the Butlers are formally recognized by tribal organization and the Counselor chapter health representative works with the Butlers and identifies people and shut-ins in need of firewood. It is a blessing to us in DSC to be used in this ministry. This past Saturday, while we were cutting, I was able to introduce the “Alphas to the Omegas.” Ben and Amber McBride, the “Alphas” and source of much of our wood, have been so generous to let us gather wood, lots of wood, from their property. The “Omegas,” the Butlers and our wood’s destination before it goes to those that need it, were able to meet the McBrides face-to-face while cutting wood on the McBride’s property in the east mountains. It is encouraging to see many of the same men, that have the same heart for this ministry, participating in this chainsaw fellowship, spreading God’s glory broader and deeper.

Dino Butler, son of Pastor Tully, also writes:

Thank you so much for helping the ministry that my parents have had in the Counselor area in such a vital area of need. My sister and parents do so much for the community and the spreading of the gospel; additional hands to the plow are such an encouragement. Thanks so much!!!

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Apr 23

Save the Date: APH 10th Annual Gala

2015 | by Clint | Category: A Peaceful Habitation (APH),Local

Leticia Chavez-Paulette invites you to A Peaceful Habitation’s 10th Annual Gala “Afternoon At The Movies: The Decade Awards” on Saturday, May 9. Leticia shares what has been happening at APH below:

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Apr 23

ISI Service Opportunity and Orientation

ISI LogoJoan Lasché,  ABQ ISI Ministry Representative, has sent a monthly update of their ministry.  International Student Inc. (ISI) is in need of help in several areas next month. Please read below for details:

We have two students needing services in May. One is a new student that is arriving on the 23rd and needs airport pickup and temporary homestay. The second student is an exchange student that must move out of his dorm room on May 9th and his flights departs Abq on the 14th. If you would like more information on either of these students, please contact

Spring Break Trip

ISI Spring break photoWe had an awesome wintery spring break in Durango this past March. A very generous ISI Friendship Partner loaned us their vacation home which was perfectly situated for skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. The days were spent outside enjoying the snow and the nights were spent playing games and enjoying each other’s company. A truly wonderful time was had by all.

ISI Baby shower

We have been able to celebrate two baby showers this March. Congratulations to the new mothers, Nilum and May. We are also happy to report that both May and Nilum have given birth to a healthy baby boys, Praise God! Thank you Burcin and Crissy Tikiroglu for hosting Nilum’s shower. May’s shower was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church.


Now is a great time to get ready for August student arrivals. We are expecting over 400 new students for the Fall semester. Most will need airport pickups, temporary homestays, and friendship partners. I hope you can join us for one of these orientations and find out how you can be involved in this exciting and impactful program.Orientations take about 45 minutes and give you all the information you need to begin serving as an ISI volunteer. Daytimes orientations available upon request.

Below are two very different community opportunities that can help you find creative ways to share your faith with students. (None of these are sponsored  by ISI)

ISI BeyondtheMask movieBeyond the Mask is a revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ.

See the trailer at

There is only showing remaining in Albuquerque!!

Wednesday, April 29th at 7:30 PM at Winrock Stadium 16

Tickets must be reserved online!

You can find out more information at

Serve the City2Join with other Christians in town and serve the city on Saturday, April 25. The event is called Serve the City ABQ and there are 29 different work projects lined up. If you are interested in pitching in, visit the site below for more information and to register at a project site. This would be a great opportunity for small groups to serve together!

Do not neglect to show hospitality to foreigners, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2

If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact