Dear Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this letter finds you well and safe as you continue to carry out your many responsibilities as the leader of our beautiful state. I’m sure you had no idea just a few months ago that you would be called upon to navigate us through a powerful pandemic with few options and little prior knowledge of how to best overcome it by treatment and its consequences. I know it has been almost a day to day battle and I want to personally thank you for doing your very best.

I am a retired pastor, having first come to New Mexico in the military in 1954. My wife was born here. I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University, enjoyed employment opportunities in our state before beginning a church ministry that lasted for 45 years with additional outreaches to Mexico and Canada. I also broadcast a twice-daily devotional radio program on KKIM known as Nuggets of Truth for several years. We raised our three beautiful daughters here, and all continue to live in the Albuquerque area with their families.

My reason for writing to you is two-fold. First, I wanted to thank you for your service and second I want to encourage you to consider the local churches in our city and state to be your friends and not your foes—your advocates and not your adversaries. As you know, some of your peers in other states have labelled the church as “non-essential” but the truth is, the church is not only essential, it is eternal. In that regard, I would hope that you would not choose at some point to “take on the church” as others have done. In my view, it will profit nothing, as the church is ordained by God and not by man. To do otherwise I believe will only result in disappointment and embarrassment, and those who do so may find themselves openly in a spiritual conflict with God.

It is the church whose future is secure. It is to the Head of the church, Jesus Christ, that our allegiance ultimately and exclusively belongs. The Kingdom of God is the end of all of human history. It, and only it, can ever claim our highest loyalties. To that end, I respectively recommend that you encourage the church be the church, by enabling them to determine for themselves their gathering together policies, meeting capacities, times and places of meetings, community outreaches and all other reasonable and traditional church activities, without governmental hindrances and prohibitions. I believe that the great majority of churches will welcome, appreciate, applaud and support your good will.

Please know that we pray for you continually and desire the very best for you, your family and our state as you carry out and perform the duties of your office. May God bless you.

— Pastor Don Kimbro, Ret.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. — Galatians 5:1

This letter has been mailed to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe, NM. Your prayers are coveted that her subordinates would see fit to forward it to her desk for her personal reading. Thank you. — Pastor Don
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