The Navajo Nation has long been torn by the effects of alcoholism, gambling, witchcraft, violence, and abuse. So many of the kids come from broken homes and families, and fall victim to the seemingly never-ending cycle of alcoholism and abuse. That’s why the ministries of churches like Twin Mesa Bible Church are so important. It broke my heart this year to see some of our former students show up the first day intoxicated and wanting to pick fights. I felt so disheartened and discouraged seeing this, and wondered if anyone was having any impact out there. Then halfway through the week this Navajo man showed up, thanking us for our ministry, and sharing with us the awesome news that his father had just accepted Christ two days before! He then shared with us this verse that was such an encouragement to me: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Here are some pictures from our trip. I didn’t get to stay the whole time this year since I had to get back for a wedding, but I am really grateful I had the chance to serve again this year.
We slept out in tents that we set-up in Pastor Albert’s backyard. Here’s my tent. I don’t know how I managed to get a tent all to myself while there were 6 senior guys crammed into a tent smaller than mine…..haha. =P
One night the horses at Pastor Albert’s house escaped from their coralle, which put all the dogs in quite a frenzy (pictures of the many dogs coming up in another post). The dogs were running around and howling like crazy all night long, trying to get the horses back into the coralle. They eventually managed to get all but one horse back in. The white horse you see below ran off and refused to come home. Late the next day, the white horse eventually made his way back along with two other random horses, and quite a dramatic chase ensued to wrangle the horse back into the coralle. It was quite exciting to watch!
And this is how our car got so dirty.