This past March we were blessed here at Christ for Native Youth (CNY) – WIM department that focuses on training youth leaders among Native America. We had some amazing guests from USAYO visit our local high school. A crew of professional athletes arrived to demonstrate not only their legacies left behind in basketball and sports but most importantly the legacy Jesus left on the cross. They spoke of the saving grace they encountered in their professional careers. The youth engaged each question and responded well to the Gospel. What started out as a visit quickly became a partnership, USAYO wanted to partner with CNY to reach native youth.
Chuck Harper – Director of Western Indian Ministries (WIM) has given me the opportunity to reach my Navajo people in a way that I once could only dream of. With prayer and preparation God has called me into a new season with CNY, taking on a leadership role. I will be focusing on outreach to Natives and training for the youth worker who are on the front lines. My first task was Wisdom Keepers – our annual training for youth workers. This year we were able to have Ted Travis – author of Building Cathedrals, as our guest speaker. Followed by our annual retreat in Colorado called Breathe. We were honored to have Ron Hutchcraft- founder of RHM and On Eagles Wings, as our speaker for three days.
Our first team from resound was deployed on April 22nd to Mountain Ranch, California to help our good friend Keith, whose home was destroyed in the wildfires two years ago. We were able to help with drywall and community work. Four days of travel and three days of work, we were able to complete a few rooms and visit the Pacific Ocean.
My birthday followed on April 29th, I was treated to cake at Kieth’s church in Mountain Ranch, California. For my birthday I realized that God was moving not only in Native America, but also in my life. I was honored to spend the day serving Keith’s local youth group with our team. We were able to cook Navajo Tacos for the 15 in attendance, and I was able to give a message on John 5. If I could put it in one sentence I would say “Jesus’ relentless love” if I could boil it down to one word, I’d say “Grace”. I am looking forward to the days that are coming.
My church has been going through a few changes and updates not only to the building but also the people and structure. They have entrusted me to be a deacon at Community Bible Church. I believe our best days at CBC are ahead of us as we work together for a healthy church.
Chuck and I are headed to Youth Ministry Executive Council (YMEC) to meet with other major youth workers in this country from Campus Crusades for Christ to True Love Waits and Dare to Share. I am looking forward to seeing what God has in plan for Native America as we dream and plan for the future. Thank you all for your prayers and support!
Please be in prayer for the Navajo Nation – our 150th treaty day is coming up and we are hoping to help with the run back from Bosque Redondo. Pray that I can find a peer group that I can pray with while in ministry, and pray for the softening of hearts among the youth on reservations.