2021 LifeQuest unBanquet
God did amazing things this year!
2020/2021 has been a journey of emotional ups and downs. This year’s unBanquet is to provide funding for our newly launched 4:13 Journey, for additional needs for our team in Las Cruces, and to further the outreach that God has blessed us with both within and outside of New Mexico Juvenile Facilities.
Many friends and families have suffered over the last year in what seems to be a never-ending season. But we trust whatever the outcome, God is still in control. “This month has been so hard” has been a recurring theme among LifeQuest staff and those we serve. We are constantly reminded that suffering in life is mutual. Peter said don’t be surprised at the fiery trials that you are going through, for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering. He later stated that believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering. Why is this?
Paul explains suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and
character produces hope. We believe that this is exactly what our mission reflects. It is why we are convinced that ongoing
mentoring relationships are the solution to the numerous problems our youths face on a day-to-day basis.
“The pandemic’s effect has been particularly taxing on children, teens, and young adults. Their lives were turned upside down in 2020, with schools shuttered, sports and other activities canceled, and large gatherings with friends prohibited. The result could be concerning in New Mexico, where 29 percent of the deaths of young people ages 15 to 24 were due to suicide between 2014 and 2018, according to the legislative report — and the numbers were rising. Even in 2019, when overall suicide numbers in the state slightly declined, deaths for young people in this age group continued to increase. Younger children in New Mexico also have taken their own lives in recent years, alarming their small communities and the state.” – https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/new-mexico-plagued-by-suicide-could-see-spike-in-2020/article_f89f7012-4553-11eb-b768-9f6ae135a234.html
An alarming reality, The fastest-growing demographic for suicide in New Mexico is youth ages 10- 14.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – NIV
These verses reflect the heart of everything we do at LifeQuest. All staff and volunteers (and I’m equally sure everyone reading this) have been through their fair share of “STUFF”. The truth is it is incredibly difficult to be a young person in NM. It is why mentoring a future and a hope is more important now than maybe ever before.
Please take a few minutes to browse the various ways LifeQuest is striving to reach youth throughout NM.
The 4:13 Joureny
LifeQuest launched our 4:13 Journey program this year! We have had 3 amazing groups of young men and women join us on this journey. Our launching class in the spring of 2021 had 12 students join us. We are excited as our two fall classes continue to follow along on the adventure!
4:13 Journey Las Cruses is looking forward to starting classes soon. Join us today!
“I wish I could say my son was not at risk to be incarcerated. As a mom, I wanted a healthy upbringing for my child. But circumstances led to an abusive relationship with my ex-husband and finding my young children hiding in closets and under beds…
Finding LifeQuest was an answer to prayer. Knowing he was exposed to a real experience of thriving through adversity has brought me to tears many times. He learned life skills from people who have been where he has been opened his ears and heart to hear the teaching and feel the love…
It’s not that we don’t have struggles… We now have open communication and ways he can regulate his anger. I’ve seen him change spiritually…“
After being out of the secure facilities for 15 months, we were able to go into one and present the Ready4Life program from Straight Ahead Ministries! It was an inspriping time with the 15 clients that were able to join our staff and volunteers. Ready4Life is an innovative positive youth development curriculum that prepares youth for a successful transition into healthy adulthood. This curriculum goes beyond traditional life skills training and focuses on an individual’s “way of being” and thinking.
“First of all I want to say that I am really thankful for your groups, it meant a lot to me. I learned a lot of meaningful things, the ready4 life seminar has really helped me to change my mindset. It was a really good group.” – 2019 Attendee
Christmas Care Kits
Christmas 2020 was a joy to still be able to bless the clients even without seeing them. LifeQuest, with Christ the King Church, were able to provide 177 kits to 8 Juvenile Facilities. And the making for pizza parties to 5 facilities.
Each year we receive emails from the facilities –
“Each client got some pizza, cookies, soda, and the LifeQuest goodie bag. All the clients were appreciative of what they received and have asked when LifeQuest can come back in person. They all know it’s contingent on Covid but are looking forward to your return. They were all excited about receiving stuff for Christmas. It really brought up morale too. Thank you so much for everything!” – JPTC 2020
Mentorship has blown up and the need is there. In Las Cruses we have 7 mentees and our 2 mentors are juggleing all of the needs that go with youth who are learning how to find their identity (including simply their Government issued ID) and to find their footing in soctiey. In Albuquerque we have 19 mentees and 5 mentors. The harvest in New Mexico is ripe and the workers are currently few.
“Our client was in need of some necessities and has been living off his tuition money since he
got out. This includes his rent for his dorm. In the beginning of the month things were goin
great, but by week 2 he received a notice to move out. Somehow his application didn’t get
processed or was received late and we were in a scramble. I began to seek out some apartments
but it all happened so quickly, August 13th he had a knock on the door and it was time to go! My
response was “well brother we will do what we got to do but let’s ask God to open a door”
literally, a dorm door. Within 2 hours a student calls and canceled his stay at NMSU. Somehow
(wink, wink) the other 6 grads in front of our clients application (since he had to re submit for
housing) where bumped out of the way. By 2pm we had his stuff out the door, turned in the keys,
and got his new keys for his new dorm. It was only 6 doors down from his previous dorm, thank
you God! He was thrilled and we moved in all his stuff quickly. We still had time to hit the
laundry mat. It was
beautiful. God provides.” – Josh
Will you join us?
LifeQuest Bible Studies have continued through in person and zoom. We have 6 studies active right now. “Bible studies have turned into real life
questions and there is no lesson that can’t be converted into an amazing conversation. The other day Spirit of God was revealed. A client asked to read out loud a scripture that had just jumped out
of the pages to him. 1 Peter 4:12- We highlighted it, talked about it, and then I pointed at my notebook. It was the next scripture we were going to
discuss and there was no way he saw what I wrote down before coming in that day. These studies
have been a blessing to us all. I can’t wait to get back in and continue where we left off as we
pursue to know the enemy as much as we know our self.” – Josh
Throughout the pandemic LifeQuest has strived to find ways to continue to care and minister to the youth and staff at NM’s Juvenile facilities. LifeQuest volunteers stepped up and provided treats and pizza to the staff. Our volunteers made masks, wrote letters, and endured zoom. We are still in a virtual ministry environment and are looking forward to the day we can be face to face!
Our Mentorships, Bible studies, Character Devlopment classes, and turtoing are all going full speed – except when the internet speed gets in the way.
Has God been tugging on you to step out and do something new? LifeQuest is looking for volunteers in Albuquerque and Las Cruses for facility both programming and 4:13 Journey leaders.
Both are weekly commitments of a miniumn 2 hours a week.
We are looking for 4:13 leads who run the night as well as small group leaders.
Or perhaps you have been called to pour in individually as a mentor!
Call or email us if you want more information!
2020/2021 Golf Tournament
The LifeQuest’s 7th and 8th Charity Golf Classics were fabulous! Both were held at beautiful Canyon Club. we had over 150 golfers at each Tournament and were excited to partner with so many community sponsors!
The 2022 Tournament planning is underway!
We joined with our good old friends at the Salvation Army in Las Cruses as as we gave away backpacks filled with school supplies. We also gave
away hot dogs, chip, sodas, and waters. Seeing my (Josh’s) children get involved in these outreaches is the
icing on the cake, I tend to forget that they watch every move. To see them in that hot sun giving
to the other children in our city really inspired me to go further. The event took place at Glitz
which is a cosmetology school. Free haircuts were given as we gave away the bags, such a
beautiful display of teamwork. We at LifeQuest are always thrilled to join in with the community serving the community.