Today in our missions prayer time, grab a water bottle, because we’re going to the deserts of New Mexico. Our North American missionary we’ll pray for today is Joshua Valdez. He has planted a new church in Farmington, a city in the northwest corner of the state. Many tourists drive by here headed to or from Shiprock, a striking rock formation, or the Four Corners area, both further west. But Joshua says half the county is unchurched and the resulting spiritual darkness has led to rampant drug and alcohol abuse, poverty and hungry children.
Besides being our missionary, Joshua also works at a local high school as an intervention specialist. During the COVID-19 lockdown, he was sent out to find students not taking part in online classes.
Joshua has seen firsthand how hopeless many young people are. Quite a few of those have begun attending Joshua’s Higher Ground Church — and some young people say they have found hope in Christ there that was missing elsewhere.
Our church is supporting Joshua’s missionary labors through our Cooperative Program giving. Let’s pray for him to stay strong in faith, health and ministry.