The Pacific Union is home to approximately 1.3 million Native Americans. Many live on reservations without modern conveniences. The Pacific Union has six missions focused on reaching Native Americans. The churches that minister to these communities have adapted their outreach to more creative ways. In the past five years there have been 40 baptisms as a result of these efforts. There also have been over 30 mission trips to these sites.
Chinle Mission’s primary focus has been an addiction recovery program for adults and a prevention program for children. This outreach has a significant impact in the community. The program is held five nights a week, with an average attendance of 70 to 100 per night. Eleven people have been baptized as a direct result of the program.
Maricopa Mission reaches out in their community through a Christian school. They have touched the lives of many children as a result of Christian education. The mission has also generated Bible study interests through social media advertisements.
Two of the ways Page Mission ministers to their community include their Seeds for Life Community Garden and an annual summer day camp. Hundreds of people from the community have been blessed through these ministries. Children at the day camp learn more about the garden and take part in fun, educational activities. Most importantly, they learn about a God who cares for them.
Window Rock and Kinlichee Missions reach out through a variety of methods, including Family Gathering Ministry, addiction recovery, youth nights, and revival meetings. They also record programming for a local radio station.
Kayenta Mission is alive with new vision and purpose. They have started an Alcohol Anonymous group and are involved in prison ministries. Thanks to Maranatha, they are starting a major building project to construct a school.
In 2019, a dental clinic was hosted in Page, Arizona. Native Americans from across the reservation attended the event. Hundreds of patients received free dental care, massage, and lifestyle coaching. The volunteers were able to be the hands and feet of Jesus and minister to many who otherwise would have no connection with the church.
Many have forgotten the importance of reaching every tribe and nation. Native Americans are an important part of God’s family and need to be touched with the gospel. Reaching these tribes brings new life and diversity to the worldwide church.
Hidden in these remote areas is a forgotten mission field. Without the help from volunteers and supporters, this mission could not continue. Thank you for your support and prayers as these efforts continue.
For more information on how you can be involved in Native Ministries, contact Native Ministries Coordinator Nancy Crosby at 217-322-2516 or email@example.com.
Nancy Crosby is the Native Ministries coordinator for the Pacific Union Conference.