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Please forgive the delay in posting info and pictures about the first hunt of 2014. I have many excuses if you are interested, the reasons however include poor internet and no time to post. Below was written after arrival – there will be more to follow.

The hunters, all wounded in service to their country, began to arrive on Thursday Oct.16  around 5:30 pm. Will, retired Navy injured in an accident while loading ordinance about the USS Nimitz and Alex, an airborne ranger injured while sent by his Commanding Officer to retrieve a member of his group, arrived first. Colton, served in the air force and was injured during routine surgery by medical error arrived about 6:30 pm. Roland, was as he put it “shot up” 3 days before the Blackhawk down incident in Mogadishu, arrived about 8:30 pm.

These men are hosted on this hunt by a variety of men and women – many of whom took time off from their work to come and serve these true American heroes.

Friday morning, after sleeping in to allow for some recovery from travel and a late breakfast, all went to some local folks ranch to check their rifles. After the rifle check, there was time for a brief ride around in the areas to be hunted. Friday evening is party time. It was estimated that more than 65 people came to dinner to provide an evening of appreciation for these men who have literally sacrificed a big piece of their life and limbs. By way of reminder, there were no wounded warrior programs when Roland came home from Mogadishu. As John put it, when 65 citizens of the Moreno Valley in New Mexico gave these true American heroes a standing ovation there was not a dry eye in the room. In fact, mine are not dry just remembering.

These men truly sacrificed for their country. In the picture above of the 4 hunters there is one working leg. Gifts for the veterans were provided by New Mexico Propane of Taos, a division of Amerigas, and Urban Interface Solutions of Taos – a company who clears trees around homes in the forest and generally works to keep the local area forests healthy. The New Mexico Girl scout council allowed for the use of their dining hall for the dinner and for “camping” for the hunters.

After two days of good solid hunting there were no elk harvested, but I will say that a grand time with many new adventures and experiences was had by all – and by all I mean the veterans and their hosts. These events are not possible with a lot of volunteer help. We have 7 men serving 4 veterans and 4 ladies who are serving full time cooking, cleaning, and providing for any need of anyone involved.I assure you without the people like Alan, Rick, Terry, Rick, John, Michael, Pam, Cheryl, Bobbi Jean and Patty this would not have been possible.

Will had an up close and personal experience with a bull elk on Sunday morning. He and Alan, his host, were surprised when a bull came within 25 yards of them. No noise, no calls, no brush cracking, a nice 5X5 “just appeared” according to Will and Alan. But, before Will could get ready the elk “ walked out of his life forever” according to Will.

Colton, with Michael and Rick his hosts, had several bulls bugling, screaming, grunting, and generally interested in the cow elk that was making sounds near them. And by cow elk, I mean the calling done by Michael and Colton. The buglers hung up in the trees and never appeared, but “ it was quite exciting to hear them scream and come closer, “ according to Colton.

The hunt continued in the rain Sunday evening and Monday. Stay tuned and thank you for your prayers. I can honestly say, this our 3rd year and 5th hunt has been the most exciting this early in the hunt and the camaraderie and relationships have melded together faster than ever.

mike

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Abhisekh Sardar

Hello. I am AbisekhSardar. I am 6 years old. My Father is a Daily  labor. My Mother is a maid servant. I am studying  in KG class. I have  learned  many  things.  I had no chance to go to a  school. I found New Hope School .This school is very good. I want to be a doctor.  I will treat  poor and oppressed people. I will make a good  house for my  parent. I have a dream ,when I will get job, then  I will not allow my parent to work . They  work very heard to earn money ,so that   we all will eat well. When  I like to play cricket. pray for me and my Family.

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Hi, I am CB. I am 18years of age and studying in class 12.

I live with my father mother and younger brother. I was brought up from a Strong Hindu family. I was a devotee to my Hindu god and goddess.

My father purchased land for our own house in 2009. He started a two story house.  When the first   floor was completed, my father approached electric Company to bring electric connection. We got it very easily. Then my father started to build 2nd floor. After finishing   he went to approach the same electric company to get a connection done for our 2nd floor. The electric company came and made a survey to bring connection, but they found that over our roof was a high voltage wire (high tension cable) . They could not bring another electric cable, so they said that you will never get electricity for your 2nd floor. We became very hopeless.  My father tried very hard to get electric connection. For the Last  four years my father has been trying to get an electric connection done for our 2nd floor.

One day in feb2014, I was introduced to a new friend. She was a Hindu but became Christian. She shared about Jesus to me. The first time when I listened to her, I did not believe and laughed in my heart. She has been telling me about Jesus and how she received peace and hope from Jesus Christ. She also told me that, If I will pray to Jesus, then He will even answer my prayer even. I thought; let me put a difficult task before Jesus. I prayed to Jesus .“If you are true God, then bring electricity to my 2nd floor(which is impossible).” I knew that this would  never happen, and I can tell to my Christian friend that your Jesus is dead and false. He cannot answer my prayer. To my surprise ,I found that within one week of time , from my prayer made to a unknown  God(for me) in  Feb2014 , again the survey team came and found the possibility to get electric connection. After this incident happened, I grew in faith in Jesus and began to visit my friend’s church. I Learned many things, and the  best part, I enjoyed was Saturday fasting prayer and Bible Study .I asked many questions to pastor and got all satisfied answers.

One Day my pastor invited me to visit a hilly place along with his family for summer vacation. I came to know that other youths of the same church were  going. I thought, let me accept pastor’s invitation. I went with the group. We travelled to many beautiful places and mountains.  Every evening we had worship, prayer and sermon. I enjoyed it  very much.  My pastor told us what are the benefits we will get, if we receive Jesus Christ as our Personal Saviour. On June 1st I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I accepted  Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.  I was very happy inside my heart. I got peace and hope. With a new mind and heart I returned to my house from the vacation with pastor family.

On  29th June we got a new  electricity  for  our New 2nd floor flat, Which was most impossible  for us ,but God Jesus made possible to us. Praise God!!

My dear friend could you please pray for my whole family and my relatives to receive Jesus Christ? My parents do not know that I visit Church every Sunday and gave my life to Jesus Christ. I do not know what will happen when they come to know about my spiritual status.  Please pray for me, so that the pearl I got, I may not loose and, even through the persecution, I may stand firm in my Faith.

Thank you for your patience  to read my testimony.

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We are in New Mexico working hard on elk hunts for Wounded Soldiers, ok this is not really hard work. The Good Lord has Blessed our efforts and many new contacts are coming forward with offers to help with hunts and with expanding to include retreats for Pastors and Missionaries as well as summer camping trips for Gold Star families. We have preliminary confirmation of 2 elk hunts for the fall of 2014. One is for 4 hunters on a cow elk hunt in early January and one for 2 or possibly 3 hunters on a cow elk hunt in early November. Both of these are private land hunts. We have several other potential offers of other private land hunts and sorting through them to see what will work with the number of available hunters.

The work of the Starfish project continues. Please see the story of Mandira Shakari below;Mandira ShikariHi, I am Mandira. aged about 8yr old. I live with my mother. My father is in jail. My mother is a maid servant. I have another sister. I did not want to go to school. One day our School teachers came to our house and asked about me and talked to my mother to send me to school.I  go to school. Learning many things. Love to draw. Learning  English  was a dream for me. I want to  be a work in a office. I will letter to my father .I am learning  about Jesus Christ.

Please be in prayer for the ministries of the Staurolite Foundation and how the Good Lord Jesus Christ will have us grow. Thank you for your support, mike

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  • Hi, my name is priya. I am 11 years Girl. My father is a Cycle Rickshaw puller. My mother cleans others houses. I had no chance to go to school. some time I was going  with my mother to help her. I like New Hope School. I want to be a nurse. I like to dance and also   like to cook. I love our all teachers. Pray for me that I may receive  Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
  • Please join us in praying that Priya and all the other students of the New Hope school will come to know the Good Lord Jesus Christ and His saving grace.
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