A CRUEL DESERT

The First Presbyterian Church of Taiban, New Mexico was built in 1908 on a budget $250. This landmark place of worship has weathered over a century of desert punishment: constant heat, bitter cold, relentless wind, violent thunderstorms, and unspeakable cruelty at the hands of vandals who've claimed her windows and doors and highway travelers who regularly leave messages of blessing and blasphemy on her walls.