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Do You Want Togo to Africa?
Aug 12, 2009 in Web News
It was 'wunderful' hosting world-travelers Jim and Carol Wunder who made Midland, Texas a must-see destination (as so many do) on their summer travels.  While we shared a lunch of chicken-fried steak and other comfort food, Jim was making arrangements to visit Togo, Africa to eat less comfortable food and assist in the implementation of Crossroads, an educational strategy which imparts life skills and character development to youth in a way that engages and changes them.  Togo is one of the 60 countries which has been helped by Crossroads to overcome the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS, addictions and violence.  We hope that an African diet does not have any devastating impacts on Jim.
Feeding a Hungary Family
Jan 17, 2009 in Web News

The SBG sponsored a luncheon today for the Gill family from Budapest.  They shared with us little bags of paprika and their vision to bring hope to a highly melancholy people.  Hungary has found itself on the wrong side of most wars in the last few centuries and its citizens can often identify Americans in their midst merely by the smiles on their faces.  As the Gills shared their activities with us we were affirmed that this upbeat family is well-equipped to bring a message of encouragement and significance to those they work with.  One small example of their influence:  many residents of Budapest now believe that Americans will fight each other to wear "The Turkey Hat" at Thanksgiving dinner.

Santa came early!
Dec 08, 2008 in Web News

We are pleased to announce that contrary to our Sept 28 entry, Mallory White will continue on with SBG.  She has arranged her nursing school schedule to allow her to work part-time.  To properly maintain headcount, on the days Mallory will not be in the office we plan to arrange for a full-size cardboard cutout to sit in for her (figurine totes a doughnut box).  Thanks Mallory for staying with us!

May I Check Your Weapon?
Oct 23, 2008 in Web News
We were held captive at lunch today by the fascinating memories of Rick Vasquez, a former gang leader in the Texas prison system. Totally transformed, he now operates from the other side of the bars as field director of an organization helping prisoners and their families As a testament to his new life, Rick was able to eat his entire enchilada without twitching while seated next to Nelson (a former prosecuting attorney).  Jeff Swan, a co-worker of Rick’s, lunched with us as well, but consistently failed to top any of Rick’s stories of knives, murder and ultimate redemption.  (Sorry Jeff, not many people could.)
Office Expands Again
Oct 01, 2008 in Web News
We are expanding office space again – slightly.  The new office has a strategic view of the reception area as well as the long, long, long hallway.  With any luck our Office Manager will glimpse views one might normally need to travel to a prairie dog farm to experience (when everyone pops their head out of their doors at once).  Thanks to the Fasken Center and Permian Basin Builders for a job well done. 
2008 Personnel Changes
Sep 29, 2008 in Web News
We would like to celebrate the arrival of our newest employee, Natalie Tiller.  Natalie will be the gatekeeper/receptionist at our downtown Midland office fielding your phone calls, processing the correspondence for a dozen or so companies and keeping the riff-raff out of the lobby area.  A tough job and we are happy to have her!

As excited as we are to have Natalie join us, we are equally sad to see a valued employee leave us.  Mallory White is being called to the nursing profession and will exit the SBG about the same time Santa arrives (we’ll need to watch out or he will catch us crying and pouting).  We do wish you the very best, Mallory – thanks for giving us two great years of service and many boxes of T&T doughnuts!
It's in the Bag
Sep 08, 2008 in Web News
SBG enjoyed a lunch visit with the Pound family who will be leaving the comforts of home soon and heading for the red-light district of Calcutta (or "Kolkata"), India.  Helping women and families escape the generational lifestyle of poverty is their goal – their method is to provide women good-paying work in a local purse-making business.  These women earn enough to not only quit their night jobs, but to provide for their entire family as well.  Read more about their exciting adventure or contact us and we’d love to tell you some of their stories (maybe not the one about the fish sacs).
First Blog Entry
Sep 01, 2008 in Web News
Welcome to SBG’s first official attempt at ‘blogging’.  We will use this column to keep you updated on our ventures, share oil & gas news of significance to us and sell quality Amway products.  (probably not the last one).  As we embark on this adventure, we are reminded of the old proverb "A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions." (Prov. 18:2).  Enjoy ours! 

What's Going On With Spear Brothers - The good, the bad, and the ugly

What's Going on with Spear Brothers

Oh No, They Didn't

Mar 01, 2018 in Web News

Overheard in a recent SBG staff meeting: "What are these two companies you are talking about? I have never heard of them." Reply: "Well, to tell you the truth, we forgot we had them." (Future staff meeting agenda item: "Intervention") #INCADDICTS

Turning Over New Leaves in 2017

Nov 01, 2017 in Web News

Change was certainly in the air at SBG in 2017. Oil prices, staff and responsibilities all fluctuated significantly but have now settled comfortably like wind-blown leaves in autumn often do - and at about the same time. Early in the year, Lori graciously agreed to step into the role of SBG's Office Manager, a position that came with big shoes to fill after the resignation of long-time employee and friend, Cami. Additionally, new administrative responsibilities fluttered into Nancy's role which she thankfully did not choose to sweep away, but rather embrace. So we end this year extremely grateful for the 'pile of leaves' now resting comfortably under the SBG tree. (Incidentally, our Safety Officer strictly prohibits any jumping in it)

Gulf Coast Finally Takes the Plunge

Jan 29, 2016 in Web News

Last, but not least, this month Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Company will join a number of our other companies who consolidated their leases into the pool which now holds the majority of our oil and gas interests: Realeza, Trabajo, and Tierra Del Spear. Come on in, Gulf Coast, the water is fine! (considering the plunging price of oil, the water is not only fine, but investing in it may in fact be more profitable)

Austin Suspends "Weird" Reputation for Five Months

Jun 05, 2015 in Web News

SBG welcomes back Nelson, who spent the first five months of 2015 in Austin serving the Texas Legislature (specifically the office of Fort Worth State Senator, Konni Burton). While there, he played a key role in the crafting and passage of a bill that would greatly reduce the amount of superfluous paperwork Texas teachers are currently drowning in (yes, you heard right, it is an attorney-initiated measure to reduce paperwork).  He also helped to craft and pass several resolutions including one that encourages the soon-to-be-relocating US Africa Command to make their new home here in the Lone Star State (miles and miles of land currently available because... well, it is Texas).  Now, with the long days of wrestling politicians and traffic behind him, Nelson returns to Midland, glad for the experience and ready to rejoin the normal, serene work environment at SBG.  Welcome back, Soldier.

Apocalypse When?

Jul 28, 2014 in Web News

When a newsletter from Faith Comes by Hearing arrived this month with a story about the "End of the Spear," it captured, not surprisingly, our immediate attention. Upon further reading (fortunately, the article included pictures), we were relieved to discover the reference was to a compelling movie about the Waorani people of Ecuador, and not the code name for an assassination plot against the Spear brothers. According to the article, when FCBH provided the Waorani's their first audio bible this summer they were greeted with a reception far more pleasant than the one received by a group of Americans that visited them in 1956 (all deceased, 1956). Greatly heartened to know the full explanation, SBG recently greeted Ken Edwards of FCBH with a likewise pleasant reception, even allowing him full access to a set of sharp silverware at lunch. (Any push to accelerate finalization of SBG's Disaster Recovery Plan would be purely coincidental at this time.)

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