Foundations of Faith—Fundamentos de Fe—views the dairy farms scattered across eastern New Mexico and West Texas as a fertile mission field.
Melissa Lamb, president of New Mexico Woman’s Missionary Union, and her husband, Beau, a New Mexico pastor, are among volunteers who help Foundations of Faith minister to primarily Spanish-speaking workers at the dairies.
They serve alongside longtime dairy owners Stanley and Valerie Jones, who founded and lead Foundations of Faith, and chaplains A.B. Najera and Arturo Villa, who regularly visit workers at dairies throughout the region.
Foundations of Faith’s primary goal is to help dairy workers and their families “build strong lives on the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ,” according to the ministry’s website.
The ministry also sponsors English-as-a-Second-Language classes to help workers gain or increase fluency in English.
As she blends her missions involvement in WMU and Foundations of Faith, Melissa Lamb said, “WMU’s passion and desire to do missions first to spread the gospel just goes so well with what Foundations of Faith does.”
Since she and her husband grew up in New Mexico, she added, “We were excited to come alongside the ministry just because missions is our heart, and rural agriculture ministry has always been a big thing for us.”
Tailgate outreach makes spiritual impact
Najera and Villa, who also lead Spanish-language churches in the area, befriend dairy workers at 40 to 45 dairies by handing out soft drinks and bottled water from the tailgate of their pickup truck each week. They also take time to ask if the workers or their families have any prayer requests or personal needs.
In addition to holding regular Bible studies at several dairies such as W Diamond and Grande Vida, Foundations of Faith hosts worker appreciation events every few weeks during the workers’ shift changes. The rallies, complete with lunches ranging from cookouts to pizza, typically attract larger crowds to hear the chaplains’ gospel messages.