Happy Father’s Day! I would like to honor my father, Michael Tafoya

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Thank you for this awesome Father’s Day Message Sister Connie Keyohara. It is a super blessing to learn about your Dad. God Bless you and your Daddy!

Happy Father’s Day

Today I would like to honor my father, Michael Tafoya, pictured at the very top. Photo credit to Elizabeth Danner.

From my earliest memories as a child, I can remember how much love he had for us children. He loved us unconditionally.
It was not uncommon that when he got off work he went to a second job to provide for his family. (He is exceptionally good at masonry. His work could be seen at a couple restaurants in Cedar Crest)

 

During that busy time, he was also able to spend quality time with us every single evening.

 

I remember every night at the dinner table was always fun. So much laughing, learning and joy.  After dinner ice cream was my favorite.
But the most important thing that he’s ever done for me, is giving me a foundation for my belief in Jesus Christ.

You see, we were not Christians early on, but my dad always portrayed those traits as a Christian long before we had met Christ.

I never realized it until I got older, but he always exemplified the fruits of the spirit, which are; love, Joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

 

My dad also taught us something very important and it’s something that I will take with me the rest of my life. He said “evangelize, evangelize, evangelize and when necessary use words.”

My dad has a heart for God, for his community, for his culture and for his kids. 

I’ve seen him help the homeless, the poor, the fatherless, the widow and the orphan. 

He is also very well-versed, written and read. He is probably the smartest man I know. He could memorize scripture like nobody’s business and he’s very wise. 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 

John 15:13

And I will end with this story:

I was in Albuquerque with my folks. We stopped at Walgreens to get a prescription and as I got out of the truck a homeless man approaches the vehicle rapidly. 

He scared me and I asked him to leave us alone and he says “no, you don’t understand I want to talk to Mike.” Then he says, “don’t worry mike is my friend.” 

He proceeded to tell me that my dad and mom come by there weekly and give him money for food. I had no idea my parents had a ministry to the homeless because they never said anything. 

 I would never have known until this gentleman approached me and let me know. Not only did they give him money,  they also gave him a gospel tract to encourage him towards Jesus Christ

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27 

I’m grateful, thankful and blessed that God chose Mike to be my Daddy.

I love you Dad. 

Happy Father’s Day. 

Connie

Connie Keyohara

 

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