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November 2016

Navajo Ministries Again Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

 

FARMINGTON – For the second time in the last three years, Navajo Ministries has received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. The rating was made official on Nov. 1 by Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher.

Navajo Ministries, a 501 c3 non-profit founded in 1953 by Jack Drake, is located at 2103 W. Main St. in Farmington on a 16-acre campus, which includes the Four Corners Home for Children, KNMI Vertical Radio (FM 88.9) and the Navajo Nation Outreach program. The Eubank Counseling Center is also located on grounds.

“This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” Thatcher wrote in a letter sent to Navajo Ministries President Eric Fisher. “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Navajo Ministries exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Navajo Ministries apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

A full report on this 4-star rating can be found at www.charitynavigator.org and searching for “Navajo Ministries.” Charity Navigator uses a variety of methods to evaluate thousands of charities on financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Navajo Ministries scored a 90.38 out of a possible 100 points.

“In the past three years, we have had the honor of twice being rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator,” President Eric Fisher said. “Last year, we barely missed earning this highest rating and are pleased to have achieved 4-stars again in 2016. Financial health, accountability and transparency are extremely important for our organization as we strive to fulfill our mission of helping to instill hope, restoration and Christian values in all we do. The team here at Navajo Ministries is amazing and deserves full credit for this latest honor.”

ABOUT NAVAJO MINISTRIES

The Four Corners Home for Children is licensed by the state of New Mexico to care for up to 28 disadvantaged children in three community homes, ranging in age from newborn babies to teens. During the past six decades, more than 1,000 children have found the safety and stability they desperately needed through this program.

KNMI Vertical Radio (FM 88.9) was founded in 1980 as the first Christian radio station in the Four Corners region. Today, this award-winning station plays a Christian Hit Music format and provides Game of the Week high school sports broadcasts. KNMI is also the official broadcast home of the annual Connie Mack World Series each August.

The Navajo Nation Outreach program provides services to the Navajo people through summer work projects and the annual Christmas Connections, which delivers food, clothing, toys and other items to needy families during the holidays.

Navajo Ministries, a charter member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), receives no direct state, federal or tribal funding to operate its programs. Funding comes from individuals, foundations, businesses, churches and other sources.

More information about Navajo Ministries is available at www.navajoministries.org.

 


August 2016

Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament Raises Funds for the Four Corners Home for Children

FARMINGTON – Nearly 50 anglers competed August 19-20 to raise more than $69,000 for the Four Corners Home for Children, a program of Navajo Ministries Inc., during the 23rd annual San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament.

The Bi-Fly Tournament, considered the premier trout-fishing event in the Southwest, has netted over $1 million for the childcare program at Navajo Ministries since its first year in the mid-1990s.  A large portion of the funds raised are generated by the anglers, who gather per-inch pledges for the largest fish they catch during the two-day event. 

“Imagine taking the great sport of fly fishing, adding the awesome San Juan River, and mixing in dedicated guides and anglers.  Cool with mountain fed water, season with beautiful fish, and bake in the sun of southwestern skies and you have the recipe for the San Juan Bi-Fly Tournament.  What a way to make a difference in the lives of hurting children,” said Bob Fitz, tournament director.

While the fishing competition is intense for the two days, organizers and participants realize the tournament is first and foremost a major fund-raiser for the Four Corners Home for Children. The Four Corners Home for Children, located on the campus of Navajo Ministries at 2103 W. Main St., has provided a safe and loving home-like environment for hundreds of dependent children in the region since 1953. The childcare program is licensed to care for up to 28 children.  The demand for services has never been higher. Per-inch donations for the largest fish caught (22 inches) are still being accepted at www.navajoministries.org.

Major sponsors for the Bi-Fly included Citizens Bank, Outback Steakhouse, San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan Rotary Club.

In addition to the actual tournament, the annual Bi-Fly Tournament Banquet was held Aug. 20 at the Farmington Civic Center.  More funds were raised through numerous raffle and auction items from many community partners including; American Home Furnishing, Freytag and Farrar Jewelers, and art donated by Joe Dowell, Karen Ellsbury and Marc Broadway, to name a few.

“The San Juan River Bi-Fly Tournament has long been a highly successful fund-raising event for the Four Corners Home for Children at Navajo Ministries.  It is amazing to see everyone involved come together to fish, have fun, and raise much-needed funds for the children who live in our homes,” Navajo Ministries President Eric Fisher said. “We sincerely thank everybody who made this another great event.”

For more information on Navajo Ministries and the Four Corners Home for Children, or to donate, please go to www.navajoministries.org.

Final tournament results from the San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament are as follows:

SAN JUAN RIVER BI-FLY TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Largest Fish: Joe Banik, 22 inches.

Smallest Fish: Randall Jeffrey, 5 ½ inches.

First Place Team: Leland Harty, Ignacio Martinez, Midge Masters 2.

Second Place Team: Bo Herrera, Herman Martinez, Eye Guys.

Third Place Team: Doug Ahlgrim, Wes Ahlgrim, Moss Gatherers.

#1 Guide: Al DeAnda

Most Fish: Leland Harty (12” plus) 37.


August 2015

Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament Raises Funds for Navajo Ministries Program

A Few Inches Can Make a BIG Difference.

FARMINGTON – More than 40 anglers competed Aug. 21-22 to raise more than $55,000 for the Four Corners Home for Children, a program of Navajo Ministries Inc., during the 22nd annual San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament.

The Bi-Fly Tournament, considered the premier trout-fishing event in the Southwest, raised just short of $1 million for the childcare program at Navajo Ministries since its first year in the mid-1990s. A large portion of the funds raised are generated by the anglers, who gather per-inch pledges for the largest fish they catch during the two-day, catch-and-release tournament.

“It is always such a joy to be involved with the Bi-Fly Tournament, especially when it comes to raising much-needed funds for the children. The anglers and guides have a great time, and all of the staff and volunteers truly help put it all together. Navajo Ministries thanks everyone involved with this terrific event,” Navajo Ministries President Eric Fisher said.

While the fishing competition is intense for the two days, organizers and participants realize the tournament is first and foremost a major fund-raiser for the Four Corners Home for Children. The Four Corners Home for Children, located on the campus of Navajo Ministries at 2103 W. Main St., has provided a safe and loving home-like environment for hundreds of dependent children in the region since 1953. The childcare program is licensed to care for up to 28 children.  The demand for services has never been higher. Per inch donations for the largest fish caught (22”) are still being accepted at www.navajoministries.org.

Major sponsors for the Bi-Fly included Citizens Bank, Outback Steakhouse, San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan Rotary Club.

In addition to the actual tournament, the annual Bi-Fly Tournament Banquet was held Aug. 22 at the Farmington Civic Center, with more than 120 in attendance. More funds were raised through numerous raffle and auction items. Next year’s Bi-Fly event is scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20.

Event organizer Bob Fitz summed it up this way.  “It is not what you catch that makes the Bi-Fly special, but why you catch.

For more information on Navajo Ministries and the Four Corners Home for Children, or to donate, please go to www.navajoministries.org.

Final tournament results from the San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament are as follows:
SAN JUAN RIVER BI-FLY TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Largest Fish: Gregg Price, 22 1/4 inches.

Smallest Fish: Gregg Price, 2 ½ inches. Price had largest and smallest.

First Place Team: Bo Herrera, Herman Martinez, Eye Guys

Second Place Team: Karl Garling, Gregg Price, Sage Shaggers

Third Place Team: Paul Thompson, Dr. Danny Chang, Leaky Waders.

#1 Guide: Nark Nesbit

Most Fish: Bo Herrera (12” plus) 37.  Herrera had the most fish caught last year as well.

 


June 2015

Navajo Ministries Hires Diana Lang as New Director of Development

FARMINGTON – Diana Lang is the new Director of Development at Navajo Ministries, a faith-based interdenominational non-profit located at 2103 W. Main St. in Farmington. Lang started the position on June 8 and is largely responsible for fund-raising and public relations for Navajo Ministries, which was founded in 1953.

Navajo Ministries operates four programs, which include the Four Corners Home for Children, the Navajo Ministries School, KNMI Vertical Radio (FM 88.9) and Navajo Nation Outreach. The largest program is the Four Corners Home for Children, which is licensed to care for up to 28 disadvantaged children in three community homes.

Lang worked for San Juan College for 27 years, with most of her time there spent as assistant director of the Health and Human Performance Center. Highly active in the community since the 1980s, Lang retired from San Juan College in 2012 and since then has served as president of the board at the Arc of San Juan County, a local non-profit assisting people with disabilities. She has a wide range of marketing, grant writing, communications and community relations experience.

“We are very pleased to welcome Diana as our new Director of Development,” Navajo Ministries President Eric Fisher said. “Diana has been helping to make a positive difference in the San Juan County community for years and we believe she will greatly benefit Navajo Ministries as we look to our future.”

Navajo Ministries, recently rated a four-star charity by the highly regarded Charity Navigator, receives no state, federal or tribal funding, relying primarily on individual, business, church and foundation support to operate its programs.

“Sometimes in life you are lucky enough to have opportunities find you. I believe that is what happened for me with this position at Navajo Ministries,” Lang said. “The mission is one that is close to my heart, and I am excited about my future with these amazing people.”

Lang, an active member of First United Methodist Church in Farmington, is a 1981 graduate of Farmington High School and holds an Associate of Arts Degree from San Juan College.

She says her greatest accomplishments are her three daughters, Heather, Breanna and Emma Lang.  Heather is a PHD candidate at Florida State University, Breanna is a recent Texas Tech graduate and will be the speech therapist at Mesa Verde Elementary School next fall, and Emma is a senior at Colorado State University.  All four Lang women were born and raised in Farmington.

Lang can be reached at 505.324.5241 or at Dlang@navajoministries.org. More information on Navajo Ministries is available at www.navajoministries.org or on Facebook.

 


April 2015

Fisher Promoted to President at Navajo Ministries Inc.

FARMINGTON – Eric Fisher, Vice President at Navajo Ministries Inc. since the summer of 2012, was recently selected as the new President of the Farmington-based non-profit organization. Jim Baker, who became President in 1987, steps down from that role at the end of April.

Jim and Kay Baker, who moved to Farmington in 1975 to become houseparents at what was then called Navajo Missions, will remain with Navajo Ministries in part-time roles as Co-Directors of Partnership Ministry.

“When Eric joined our staff nearly seven years ago, he was an answer to prayer. As Director of Development and then Vice President for the past few years, he has proven to be a great asset to the ongoing growth and development of Navajo Ministries,” Jim Baker said. “It is with confidence and assurance that we will welcome Eric as the third President of Navajo Ministries beginning on May 1st.”

Fisher, who is 50,  received the promotion following a recent Navajo Ministries Board of Directors meeting.

“I am humbled and honored to become just the third President of this wonderful organization,” Fisher said. “I thank Jim and Kay for their friendship and 40 years of service to Navajo Ministries and our communities. We are all very appreciative that they will still be working with us to help provide hope and healing to so many in need.”

The faith-based, interdenominational Navajo Ministries, founded in 1953 by Jack Drake, consists of four programs: The Four Corners Home for Children, the Navajo Ministries School, KNMI Vertical Radio (FM 88.9) and Navajo Nation Outreach. The Four Corners Home for Children is the largest program at NMI, consisting of three large community homes and licensed for the care of up to 28 disadvantaged children ranging in age from infants to teens.

Fisher spent 20 years in the newspaper business before joining Navajo Ministries in early September 2008 as Director of Development. During his time with NMI, Navajo Ministries built and opened a new, 8,000-square-foot Education and Activity Center, which houses the Navajo Ministries School, a new central kitchen, cafeteria, activity area and more.

Fisher is a 1987 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and holds a Communications degree, with a double major in radio-television and journalism. He was president of the Farmington Rotary Club in 2013-2014, co-chair of the Four Corners Conference for Professional Development in 2012 and 2013, and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership San Juan. Fisher, a 1983 graduate of Farmington High School, is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Farmington.

Navajo Ministries Board Chairman Larry Bomberger said Fisher has been vital in promoting the programs and raising awareness for the 501 c(3) organization, which was recently rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator. He also thanked Jim Baker for his four decades of service.

“It is with much gratitude, that we the Board of Directors of Navajo Ministries congratulate Jim Baker for his faithful service to Navajo Ministries for 40 years. And, too, it is our esteemed pleasure to share our Board’s unanimous decision to appoint Eric Fisher to the role of President of Navajo Ministries.  May God be glorified as Navajo Ministries continues in its mission to be a positive influence here in San Juan County, and beyond.” Bomberger said.

Fisher is married to his wife Terri, who is a first-grade teacher in Farmington. Together, they have four children ranging in age from 30 to 17.

Navajo Ministries is located at 2103 W. Main St. in Farmington. The organization receives no state, federal or tribal funding and is fully supported by resourceful financial partners both locally and throughout the country.

Fisher can be contacted at 505-324-5260 or at fisher@navajoministries.org. More information on Navajo Ministries is available at www.navajoministries.org or on Facebook.

 


August 2014

Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament Raises Funds for Navajo Ministries Program

 

$60,000 Reeled in for Four Corners Home for Children

FARMINGTON – More than 50 anglers competed Aug. 22-23 to help raise nearly $60,000 for the Four Corners Home for Children, a program of Navajo Ministries Inc., during the 21st annual San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament.

The Bi-Fly Tournament, considered the premier trout-fishing event in the Southwest, has raised more than $700,000 for the childcare program at Navajo Ministries since its first year in the mid-1990s. A large portion of the funds raised are generated by the anglers, who gather per-inch pledges for the largest fish they catch during the two-day, catch-and-release tournament.

“The 2014 San Juan Bi-Fly Tournament was another great success due to the participation of all our anglers and guides.  Many people help making this tournament what it is today. And, the funds raised are so important to the operations of the Four Corners Home for Children,” Tournament Director Bob Fitz said.

While the fishing competition is intense for the two days, organizers and participants realize the tournament is first and foremost a major fund-raiser for the Four Corners Home for Children. The Four Corners Home for Children, located on the campus of Navajo Ministries at 2103 W. Main St., has provided a safe and loving home-like environment for hundreds of dependent children in the region since 1953. The childcare program is licensed to care for up to 28 children in three homes. The homes have been running at capacity levels all year due to a consistent demand for services.

“The support generated through the Bi-Fly Tournament is tremendous every year,” Navajo Ministries Vice President Eric Fisher said. “The summer months are always a little leaner financially for our childcare program. This tournament is a wonderful boost every August.”

Major sponsors for the Bi-Fly included Citizens Bank, Outback Steakhouse, San Juan Regional Medical Center and San Juan Rotary Club.

In addition to the actual tournament, the annual Bi-Fly Tournament Banquet was held Aug. 23 at the Farmington Civic Center, with more than 120 in attendance. More funds were raised then through numerous raffle and auction items. Next year’s Bi-Fly event is scheduled for Aug. 21-22.

More information on Navajo Ministries and the Four Corners Home for Children is available at www.navajoministries.org.

Final tournament results from the San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament are as follows:

SAN JUAN RIVER BI-FLY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Largest Fish: Bill Gorm, 21 ½ inches.

Smallest Fish: Terry Maness, 3 ½ inches. Maness had largest fish in 2013, 23 inches.

First Place Team: Bo Herrera, Herman Martinez.

Second Place Team: Doug Ahlgrim, Wes Ahlgrim.

Third Place Team: Joe Atencio, Matt Atencio.

Fourth Place Team: Peggy Nesbit, Stephanie Schuler.

Fifth Place Team: Danny Beyhan, John Thompson.

Most Fish: Bo Herrera, 29.

 


November 2013

Emmet Fowler Returns as General Manager of KNMI Vertical Radio

FARMINGTON – KNMI Vertical Radio, FM 88.9, welcomed Emmet Fowler back as general manager of the station in early November. Fowler, a lifelong resident of San Juan County, has been an integral part of the station for years, including a successful stint as general manager from the mid-1990s to 2002.

Fowler, who has continued to be a consistent voice on Vertical Radio’s Game of the Week and Connie Mack World Series broadcasts, spent the past 11 years working as the worship arts pastor at the Oasis Church in Farmington. KNMI Vertical Radio is one of the programs of Navajo Ministries Inc., which also includes the Four Corners Home for Children, Navajo Ministries School and Navajo Nation Outreach.

“We are delighted to welcome Emmet Fowler back to Vertical Radio as general manager,” Navajo Ministries President Jim Baker said. “He is no stranger to us having been involved with the station on and off since he was a teenager back in the early days of the station in the 1980s. His excitement and energy will continue to guide the ministry of Vertical Radio as we provide Christian Hit music, and more, to the Four Corners region.”

KNMI was the first Christian radio station in the Four Corners when it was founded in 1980. Today, the station plays a Christian Hit Music format, hosted by local on-air personalities. The station is also heavily involved in community events, and is home to the annual Connie Mack World Series each August, in addition to the Game of the Week high school broadcasts.

“I am excited to be back at Vertical Radio,” Fowler said. “I have always had a heart for this station and what it represents to this community – hope, encouragement and stability. My goal is to continue the vision of Vertical Radio as we reach a new generation of listeners with relevant music and programming.”

Fowler is a 1983 graduate of Shiprock High School and is married to wife Debbie. They have four children. He can be reached at emmet@verticalradio.org or (505) 324-5222.

Devin Neeley, Vertical Radio general manager for the past three years, moved on in November to pursue other career opportunities.

“We really appreciate Devin’s leadership these past three years. He did a fine job and we wish him well in his future,” Navajo Ministries Vice President Eric Fisher said. “Emmet brings years of experience in radio and will continue to lead the station in a positive direction. He is also well known and well respected throughout the Four Corners community.”

KNMI Vertical Radio was selected as runner-up as Best Radio Station in The Daily Times Readers’ Choice Awards this year. For more information on the station, go to www.verticalradio.org or follow Vertical Radio on Face Book.