A Thankful Heart

Hi,my name is Saida khatun. My husband left me with two small children.   I was in distress,and hope less condition . After few monts, I found a man . He showed his kindness to me. He said, he will marry me and take care of my two little kids. I thought that,my life would change ,I married him. My life went well for 6months. One day he did not return from job,and when I contacted him, said that ,do not want to take care of my children. I wanted to search a job for me,but thought again,   when I will go to work, who will take care of my children.

One day I was going infront of NEW HOPE SCHOOL ,( saw healthy snacks was distributing   among school children) . Antuy saw me, watching them. She offered me some snacks. I did not know ,How Aunty could know that ,we had no food for last four days. I took that snacks and fed my children.

Now my kids are under the safe hand of Aunty( school Principal). My kids will get proper education as well as , Healthy Snacks. Thanks to New Hope School.

The purpose of the New Hope school is to give “new  hope” to the children of the Udayan Polly slum area of Kolkata, India, As you can see in the testimony above the school gives “new hope” to parents of children as well. Many of the parents of these children leave very early in the morning and return late in the evening from their jobs. The New Hope school provides a safe place for their children to learn and have a “new hope” of a better life.  As we head out on our trek to visit the children of the New Hope school we ask for your prayers. It is our hope that we will be able to support the ongoing work of the teachers who work with these children every day.


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It is transition time for the Staurolite foundation. We have just completed our last elk of the season for wounded American military service men and women and now are making final preparations to visit the children of the New Hope school in India. The hunters all expressed what a wonderful time they enjoyed spending time with their brothers in the mountains of New Mexico. I know all of us that provided support for them enjoyed a wonderful time.

The hunting season is filled with wonderful stories of men injured in combat enjoying hunting in the mountains, as one hunter stated, the majestic and elusive elk. This is the fourth year of these elk hunts and by far the most successful in terms of harvest. We had 8 of 11 hunters harvest elk. I truly believe each hunt is successful but often there is no harvest to show for it. It was an amazing fall in other ways as well. The Staurolite foundation was able to secure and is in the process of installing aluminum ramps on a Vietnam era veterans home. This vet is representative of so many whose personal needs have fallen through the cracks. We are thankful to the men who found this need and all who have helped with purchase, delivery, and installation of the ramps.


There is something amazing about watching a guy who lost both legs and an arm put on his prosthetic legs and make jokes about cold feet. Or a couple of men who were burned in horrific explositions and are extremely sensitive to the cold out helping their brothers process their elk in temperatures well below freezing. We had hunters come to understand Gods amazing love and forgiveness for them in spite of the terrible things they had seen and participated in during their battle experiences. We saw men come to realize that God has Good things and Good deeds planned for them as the word states in Eph2:10. We were able to witness men who had debilitating injuries joyfully help drag their elk down a mountain. We saw true servants, warriors, serving and supporting their brothers.It has been a wonderful elk season.

These experiences are lasting ones. And hopefully the lessons learned and Good times experienced will continue into the future. We have pictures of all the hunts from past years on our wall. Every time we pass them we are filled with fond memories of men who sacrificed for us. This past fall I visited with several men who hunted with us in the past all of whom expressed what it meant to them, even though some were years ago. As we wrap up this season and transition to India let me say thank you for your prayerful support. Without your prayer support I am confident the hundreds of minor issues we experienced would have grown into major problems. And a big Thank You to these who have sacrificed so much for the rest of us. It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a few more from this season. On behalf of all of us that provide the support for these true American heroes on these hunts, Thank you for your support, mike

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I hope this is a wonderful time of year for you, a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and enjoy the favor and Blessing of the Good Lord. A time to relax, recreate, reflect, recover, and reset your priorities. Sorry, I can’t help it, I like alliteration. If this is not a beautiful time of year for you then let me encourage you to put your faith and trust in Jesus and choose as Joseph and Mary did to believe these temporary troubles will pass and you will enjoy victory.

It is amazing what all the Good Lord uses to prepare us for the plans He has for us. And all that is required of us is choose to trust Him and then be obedient to His call upon our lives. As I reflect on where I am today I am reminded that I had to take an exam in College to show adequate competency in the English language in order to be able to enroll in the education classes required for me to earn a degree in Secondary Education. My first job after college was coaching and teaching English – ironic is not? I spent a lot of time preparing for those English classes.

As the Lord led me to leadership positions a fair amount of writing for public consumption and public speaking went with the job. And now, a published book, a couple of blogs, and a second book ready for publication. Amazing, truly amazing what the Lord has allowed me to learn and how far he has brought me. Me, a regular guy with little academic competence, being allowed to lead two of what are now considered to be in the top ten schools in Texas –simply amazing. And if you knew me, you would have no doubt it is only due to the grace and goodness of the Good Lord because I surely do not have the ability.

While my wife and my life is not that of Zechariah and Elizabeth, we also were not able to have children, yet the Good Lord gave us a family. Here I set thankful with a beautiful wife, two sons growing and maturing, and unlike so many other people in this country and in the world time to sit and enjoy. Yet I like so many others do not live everyday with the attitude of success. Instead I see the obstacles, the rocks in the trail, the difficulties. While I should have my eyes focused on the prize –not ignoring or not seeing the potential difficulties or dangers on the trail, but cruising through as one victorious.

As we celebrate the season of the birth of Christ, and I am not adding to the debate of the actual time of Christ’s birth or of the pagan roots of the celebration of the winter solstice. I am simply enjoying celebrating the birth of the Lord. We bring gifts to honor our family and friends and demonstrate generosity for those who should be easiest for us to be generous. I guess you could call it practicing generosity. I am simply choosing to not fight for or about Christmas, but to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Because without His birth, He could not die and resurrect His life to demonstrate the victory.

I think of Mary. Mary, an unwed girl, likely a teenager, living in a society that at best would ostracize her and maybe kill her for becoming pregnant out of wedlock. Yet, one who joyfully accepted her role in the life changing –no world changing drama that continues today. Mary who saw past the temporary difficulties and trusted the Good Lord for success and victory in the end.

I think of Joseph. Joseph a man betrothed to a pregnant girl. And in a society that could literally stone him for the assumption that he had got her pregnant or he could have Mary stoned. He chose to follow in obedience the Lord’s direction and marry her and raise the child Jesus.

And Jesus, Jesus who gave up his lofty position as the son of God, one part of the three some that make up God. He gave it up to come to the earth, live as a human with all the problems, temptations, sickness, and then voluntarily go through the pain and suffering of the cross.

We all, me included have regrets this time of year. If people tell you they don’t, then to quote an old preacher friend of mine, “they will lie about other things too”. We all have family issues, relationships and friendships lost or hurt by our own actions or lack of actions, and some beyond our own control. Yet we have this example of a poor teenage girl who willingly accepted her role and looked past these temporary afflictions of society. We don’t read of her having difficult days and maybe she did or did not, but the example remains she lived with her view beyond these temporary difficulties. If only we could all live as the humble victors of this life that we are through the sacrifice of Mary, Joseph, and most of all Jesus.

Let me encourage you to look back over the past success you have enjoyed. Celebrate this season and live this season with sure knowledge that as long as you keep your faith and trust in Jesus the Lord you will enjoy success in the end. And if you are not trusting Him, then please begin today.

Be purposeful,


Leadership on Purpose

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! –Luke 2:9-11, NLT

Mary responded, I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true. And then the angel left her. – Luke 1:38

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16, NLT

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our

Lord. –Romans 6:23, NLT

“Stop fighting for Christmas –there’s nothing to fight for. The followers of Jesus are celebrating; the rest don’t get it.”        – James McDonald

Cowboy Logic:  “You find pretty much what you are looking for…”


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Soma Das

Hi,,my name is soma das. .I live with my parents .My father is a cobbler and my mom is a maid .Our finical condition is not so good that, our parent can send me to a good school. Aunty came to my house and told my mom, that there is a school in this area and after that my mom sent me to this school for education.  I don’t pay any money for my education.  My education  is in New Hope Mission School is  very  good which I could not have receive,  even if I would go to any other school and pay for my education. Here at this school I get Education, personal care and also to know about  my savior Jesus. I came to know about Jesus Christ through my Teachers. I share Jesus songs and stories with my parent. Pray that one day may  my parent would know  about Jesus Christ.

While we are between elk hunts for wounded soldiers, the work of the Staurolite foundation continues in India supporting the New Hope School. Please be in prayer for the students and teachers of the New Hope school and for the wounded soldiers who will hunt elk with the Staurolite foundation during January 5-12. We cherish your support, mike

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16

Cowboy Logic: The person who wants something will

find a way.   The person who doesn’t will find an excuse. 

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What a great last few weeks. I have had the privilege of spending 3 weeks elk hunting with these true American heroes. Our friend Dave hosted one additional hunter this past week. While the hunting was pretty tough during September and October, once the weather turned in late October things improved. We had 4 of 7 hunters harvest elk so far this year. We always hope there are elk harvested, however, I think all that hunted would agree the time with their brothers was the most rewarding.

The Good Lord Blessed the time of fellowship and the men left with heart’s full. It is always hard to put into words what these weeks mean to those of us who are privileged to serve these men who have sacrificed so much for us. It seems it is equally hard for the hunters to put into words what the hunts mean to them as well. I try to get the hunters alone and ask how they are doing sometime during the hunt. The common response is, “I have no words”. My thought is that is what we are striving to achieve.

The thing just amazes me is that these men who have lost legs, hands, paralyzed from the waist down, traumatic brain injuries that have destroyed their balance, yet each and everyone says they would willing do it again. I am not sure I have the depth of character to sign up again if I knew I would have to sacrifice so much. True heroes one and all.

It is my hope that these men have experienced what David was referencing in the Psalms and their souls have been restored. Thanks to the folks who gave so much time and energy to make these hunts successful, thanks Scott, Vickie, Cheryl, Alan, Susan, Bruce, Dave, and the preparatory work of John and so many others.

Keep us in your prayers as we have one more hunt, January 7-12, 2016 up on the RCCLA holdings near Amalia, NM. Blessings, mike

I lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Cowboy Logic: “Life is not about how fast you run or

how high you climb — but about how well you bounce.

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