Navajo Nation Ministry

The Lake of the Woods Church is planning its third mission trip to help the Navajo community in the northwestern corner of New Mexico.

             The Navajo people are the largest Native American group in both population and geographical size with over 300,000 members occupying a reservation larger than ten of the fifty states.  Fewer than 5% of the Navajo people currently identify themselves as Christians. Their problems persist.

  • Unemployment rate 40%
  • Household income just over $27,000/year
  • Widespread alcoholism
  • Water contaminated by uranium mining.

To make a lasting impact for Christ our priority will be to support and strengthen local churches and reach out to the children, the next generation.   Last year our teens led Bible camps featuring dance and sports for over 30 children, we built a ramp to a church and installed stairs, windows and doors to a pastor’s trailer home and we served dinner to an average of 45 people each night. This year we will build upon the relationships built and the commitment shown in two previous trips. We are expanding to a second village and to a second church. Listening, encouraging and praying are our primary weapons but we will also rehab a pastor’s house and a church building.

We plan also to reach out directly to the community by:

  • Conducting Bible sports camps for children.
  • Providing evening programs which will include dinner, arts, and crafts for the children and worship and Bible study for adults.
  • Doing home helps projects in the community.
  • Sharing skills with Sunday School teachers to make them more effective.

            Our team will have 26 people and will be truly intergenerational (ages ranging from 13 to 70+). It will be led by Senior Associate Pastor Adam Colson. Twenty-six will go, but they need hundreds of senders and prayers. You may support the mission by donating a gift card from Home Depot for materials and/or joining the Prayer Team. Gift cards will pay for construction materials in New Mexico and may be placed in the basket at the Community Missions kiosk or in mailbox 39. To join the prayer team contact Elder David Blackistone, or Pastor Colson at the church


            “Unless the foundation is built on prayer the programs and works will be to no avail.”