2023 LifeQuest unBanquet
Doing Together What I Can’t Do Alone
The fastest-growing demographic for suicide in New Mexico is youth ages 10-14. Why is this? We can wax poetic all day long. But in many ways all the reasons can be found in some form of loneliness. The Annie Kasey Foundation Kid’s Count Data Book tells us that for 8 out of the last 9 years New Mexico ranked worst in the U. S. to raise a child.
Philippians 4:13-14- I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. – NLT.
These verses reflect the heart of everything we do at LifeQuest.
All staff and volunteers (and I’m equally sure everyone reading this) have experienced times of doubt, self reliance, and loneliness. We forget that through HIS (Christ’s) strength, all things are possible, and that together, sharing in each others troubles, we can finish the race set before us.
Not in our strength alone, but in Christ’s strength, together.
Please take a few minutes to browse the various ways LifeQuest is striving to reach youth throughout NM.
The 4:13 Journey
As yo read this we are in out sixth semester of The 4:13 Journey this Fall. LifeQuest has 3 amazing groups of young men and women running this fall. Come November that will make 9 groups who have traveled this journey with us. Since our launch in the spring of 2021 we’ve had over 100 students join us. Part of the 4:13 Journey is going to Glorieta for a weekend adventure that stretches our boundaries and builds our trust in each other.
We are excited as the planning of Farmington and Las Cruces classes take shape for this adventure!
“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…“
LifeQuest was able to present the Ready4Life program from Straight Ahead Ministries in not one, but TWO secure facilities this year!
It was an inspiring time with the 43 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 2022 was absolutely thrilling getting to distribute the Christmas Care Kits at Pizza Parties with our volunteers! LifeQuest, with Christ the King Church, were able to provide 143 kits to 8 Juvenile 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
LifeQuest staff and Volunteers are currently mentoring over 30 youth
LifeQuest Bible Studies are in person full time! We have 7 weekly studies. On average 10 clients attend each study.
Other group programming includes Tutoring, Character Development Group, and Recovery Group.
4:13 Parents Group – NEW 2023
As we worked with the youth we heard from the parents and confirmed our knowledge that the parents need community just as much as the kids. In Spring 2023 we launched our Parents Group, an opportunity for parents to get together and share life!
4:13 Journey at the Grand Canyon
We have had 4 trips to the Grand Canyon and our 5th group is training now!
29 youth have traveled on this amazing Journey with us.
We had the honor of baptizing one of our youth in the Colorado River last fall.
2023 Golf Tournament
LifeQuest’s 10th Annual Charity Golf Classic was fabulous! It was held at the beautiful Canyon Club. We had over 170 golfers at the Tournament and were excited to partner with so many community sponsors!
The 2024 Tournament scheduled for June 3, 2024!
4:14, The Continuing Journey
After two amazing 4:13 classes we realized that there needed to be an opportunity for the youth to go deeper in what they had learned and continue the relationships they had started.
Our leadership said “what does Philippians 4:14 say?”
“Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.”
So 4:14 – The Continuing Journey was born.
The weekly group meets to encourage and walk alongside each other through the adventures of life with its ups and downs. All youth who attended The 4:13 Journey are welcome to join 4:14, which meets weekly.