ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – Once again, the New Mexico State Fair will open to fair goers. The fair ran uninterrupted for 75 consecutive years until 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions prompted its cancellation. However, this year the fair schedule resumes on Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 19. The 2021 fair will look much like the fairs in the past, including 4H/FFA shows and exhibits, livestock shows and sales, entertainment, competitions, activities, vendors, food and more.
In addition to that list the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Diaper Changing and Nursing Moms booths are returning, too. Volunteers from New Mexico Baptist churches operate the booths. The convention’s Evangelism and Discipleship Team coordinates the ministry.
The 2021 fair may draw a large attendance after having skipped a year. People appear to be excited about getting out and enjoying things they missed in 2020. Families look for opportunities to be active and enjoy time together. So, planners are prepping to serve them as servants of Jesus Christ.
The BCNM booths offer fairgoers a clean, safe place to change their little ones’ diapers and provide mothers a quiet, cool place to nurse their babies. Also, they offer volunteers opportunities to interact with people while handing out free stickers, candy, Gospel tracks and Bibles. The volunteers enjoy opportunities to pray for individuals and have Gospel conversations. The ministry prioritizes sharing Jesus’ love with every person.
The BCNM urges churches to make plans to join volunteers from sister churches from across the state to serve in one of the outreach booths. Several churches enlist volunteers and serve for a whole day. Sometimes, small group leaders bring their group to help for one or two shifts. Individuals also come and serve with people from other churches. Groups of friends have even turned it into a service-getaway trip. The many service variations accommodate volunteers’ schedules and contexts. Every church is invited to participate in this unique ministry that extends Christ’s love to others and prompts Gospel conversations.
Volunteer training is planned for Thursday, Sept. 2, from 6–8 p.m. in Albuquerque. A Chick-Fil-A dinner is included. If you or your church is interested in more information, or if you would like to sign up to volunteer, email Cheryl Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 924-2314. Visit bcnm.com/state-fair to register for the training.