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A riding horse named Gunner joined a group of goats, chickens, coyotes, and dogs who help children at Zuni (N.M.) Christian Mission School learn about caring for animals.

A private donor funded Gunner as a Christmas gift for the children. Principal Kathy Bosscher said the school uses the Ojo Caliente Farm, located a few miles outside of Zuni, for science classes, chores, nature exploration, recreation, rewards, and “anything else we can think of.”

The farm ministry, administered by Zuni Christian Reformed Church and supervised by new staff members Paul and Kristie Schwab, began in 2001 when church member Verna Chavez agreed to loan her land to the mission for learning and outreach.

Goals for the farm include a mentoring program for youths, development of indigenous leadership, and broader use by the Zuni community. Christian Reformed Home Missions partners with Zuni CRC and Mission School in promotion, prayer, and financial support.

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