Spring Creek Ministries
Spring Creek Pic 1     In 1997, Bud and Christy Barnes, longtime members of Mulberry Baptist Church, entered into a journey that God set them on that began while passing through the small community of Del Norte, Colorado.  Unbeknownst to them at the time, what started as a simple search for a small parcel of real estate would become the start of Spring Creek Ministries.
     Del Norte is a small town on US Highway 160, in southern Colorado, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande River.  While passing through this quiet town, God impressed on Bud and Christy’s hearts the need for Christian outreach within the community, particularly for the unreached youth.  In 1999, Bud and Christy were presented with the unique opportunity to purchase an old church located in the heart of Del Norte.  God helped them transform this old church into a bunkhouse facility that could be used to house mission teams that would later travel to Del Norte to minister to the members of the community, and thus began Spring Creek Ministries.  In the summer of 2000, Spring Creek Ministries held its first Vacation Bible School for the youth.  This was the first VBS that had been held in the community in decades.  Every summer since, a mission team has gone to Del Norte to minister to the members of the community.  The ministry not only tries to meet physical needs such as clothing, and furniture, but also strives to engage the entire community by inviting them to an annual Family Fun Day at the park hosted by the mission team, following a week-long VBS.  In 2014, Spring Creek Ministries partnered with the Gateway Church in Del Norte to host the annual VBS.  Together they were able to minister to 110 children, 80% of whom come from unchurched families.  During the 2014 VBS, 16 children and youth made professions of faith.
     Bud and Christy could not have imagined the plans God had in store for them when they simply went looking for land in Colorado in 1997.  However, their obedience to God’s call on their lives, as well as the support of all of those people that have donated their time, effort, money, clothing, and furniture have helped individuals within the Del Norte community to come to know the love of Jesus Christ.
     The Spring Creek Mission takes place annually during the month of July.  Donations of gently used clothing and furniture are accepted year-round.  To find out how you can partner with Spring Creek Ministries, please contact Mulberry Baptist Church at (985) 876-3204 or Bud and Christy Barnes at labudman@bellsouth.net, 985-873-8915, or text Bud at 855-3830.
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