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Southwest

May 7-18

Southwest team will travel to Gallup New Mexico to work with Native American Indians. They will interact with people teaching, living, working and serving on the Navajo and Zuni Reservations. They will serve the homeless Native Americans on the streets of Gallup and completing work projects at the Broken Arrow Bible Camp. This team is led by Thom Starr and Mandi Wissler. Team members include Marquis Boone, Emily DeLafayette, James Eagan, Ian Ebersole, Rebecca Fochtman, Lindsey Horning, William Livezey, Danielle Sauder, and Shancie Smith.

Check each day to read the team updates.

Monday

We are having a great trip! Sunday we spent the morning at a local church where we participated in the service and then assisted in serving lunch to homeless people in the area.

We then traveled to a working ranch and spent the afternoon/early evening with a Navajo family. From horseback riding and exploring the ranch to learning how to make Navajo fry bread, we were immersed in the culture and the family dynamics. We even learned about being part of a rodeo.

Monday we spent the day working at Broken Arrow Bible Ranch. Everyone participated as we painted, mowed, cleaned horse pens and worked on the go-cart track. It was exciting to support Broken Arrow Bible Ranch and help them get ready for a summer of camp ministry!

Tuesday

Tuesday we got to visit/help at the first school of the trip. We traveled to Zuni Christian Mission School, learned about the history of the ministry that is established there, and then were able to join classrooms. Between helping the kindergartners read, playing basketball at recess, and assisting with math assignments, we got to meet a lot of great kids. In the early afternoon, we left the campus to go on a hike at a nearby historical area. The views were amazing!

After the hike, we returned to Zuni and put on a cook out for the teachers and staff of the school. It was great to get to know them and hear their stories of God's call on their lives.

Wednesday

Wednesday we arrived at Rehoboth Christian School and were divided into smaller groups according to major/area of interest. Thom and Mandi got to help in the kitchen (see photo).

After the day in the classroom, we learned a lot about Native culture, through an explanation of the cradle board used to carry babies, a presentation about the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII, and a father and son who played drums and flute and danced. We ended the evening by experiencing a more vast side of God's creation in Rehoboth's observatory.

Thursday

Thursday we visited a public elementary school and helped in the classrooms. We are getting a great perspective on education through seeing the different schools. After the day at school, we drove to the capital of the Navajo Nation - Window Rock, AZ where we met the Vice President of the Navajo Nation, saw the President of the Navajo Nation and hiked the actual rock with a 'window' (hole) in the middle. We also learned about another ministry to Native people, called Western Indian Ministries.

Friday

Friday began with assembling bagged lunches that we could hand out to the homeless people in the town of Gallup. On our first trip around town, we handed out 40 lunches. Later, we did a second run and handed out more lunches. It was heartbreaking to see the cycle of addiction to drugs and alcohol and the devastation it brings to families. But it was good to be able to give food and offer to pray for them.

We finished the day with another hike, exploring the incredible creation around us. God's majesty was on display!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We continue to strive to showcase Jesus in all we do!

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South Africa

May 7-17

South Africa Journey Team will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with a small Christian Boarding school that ministers to street children from the shanty towns of Johannesburg. This will include assisting in the classroom, working around the school and perhaps a Bible club after school. This team is led by Bob Dodson, Stacey Martin, and Erin Quillen. Team Members include Molly Arnold, Amanda Benton, Katia Carl, Bethany Dickerson, Amanda Ebersole, Victoria Hill, Kylie Martin, Kimberly Miller, Lydia Pepper, Katie Sugden, Kelley Villafane, and Alyssa Wesner.

Monday

The flight to Johannesburg was long but uneventful. We were able to have an orientation to the school (Aurora Primary School) from our hosts before eating and going to bed. Today (Monday) we  were up early and at the school by 7:00. Our students were able to spend a full day working and teaching in the classrooms. They also led a Bible Club after school with a craft activity, leading a Bible story and a memory verse.

Please pray for us as we are still catching up on our sleep and have a full week ahead of us working at the school.

Wednesday

Our team continues working in classrooms. We have also been taking turns working in the school kitchen to make lunch and breakfast for the students. Some of us spent this morning pulling weeds in the school grounds. Tomorrow will will be visiting a Shanty town so our students can get an idea if the intensely spiritually dark place the Aurora students come from.

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