Atlanta CPA: Navajo Family Mission Series
Taking Christianity Into the World
This is the story of 87 people who for an entire week lay down their jobs, vacations and responsibilities to be the very hands and feet of Christ. Jesus often withdrew to the solitude of the desert to pray and be strengthened. Come along side us and see the changes of hearts, passions and lives as God joins us on our journey To catch a further look at our vision for our work there visit http://www.hiscpa.com/blog/2009/07/30/casting-a-vision-navajo-family-missions-taking-christianity-into-the-world/ If you and your church are encouraged by our journey, join us as we look to revival for the Navajo People, by taking Christianity Into the World.
A very moving story was shared from the Ladies Bible Study, where the Navajo women gather with Beth, Carol and Dawn to do arts & crafts and then have a bible lesson. By the end of the week, the Navajo women were opening up about the alcohol and physical abuse that takes place in their homes. Just like in Atlanta and everywhere else, no one wants to talk about such personal and private issues. Especially the Navajo, who are a people of few words, it is such a big deal that they shared these concerns. The Navajo ladies decided to try to get together regularly to have a bible study and to support each other with their problems…to talk to each other, to help each other and support each other – so that no one is facing her problems alone. We should all pray that these women will have the strength, through God, to continue to meet regularly and share/support one another with their problems.
An impromptu “Object Lesson” occurred when everyone was gathered together and John Albrycht was telling us how a “Transfer of Title” must be signed by both the seller and buyer of a car. John announced how Ben would be receiving the car – he was given the keys to the bright and shiny VW Bug that he had been working on tirelessly since the project had begun. Just like he was receiving a new car, Jesus invites us to a new life by believing in Him and giving Him the keys to our lives. As Ben’s name was announced, Ben said, “I don’t deserve this”. John explained how none of us deserve God’s love or His forgiveness. But God offers his love and forgiveness freely. All we have to do is believe in Him and believe that He came down from heaven to die for our sins. I (we) do not want to live a mediocre life; I want to live it abundantly, just as God wants me to do. Live to the fullest. Let God take control and live the life that He intended for all of us to have.
John shared another “Object Lesson” when he gave a bible to a friend who read it from cover to cover and stated, “It’s a great history lesson, but I don’t see the significance that you see.” This friend and many, many others try different ways to get into heaven. They try to buy their way by giving away money or work their way by going on various missions, or quote their way in by reciting various passages from the bible. But Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one gets to the Father but through me.”
Another lesson on giving control over to God occurred when we learned (on the night before VBS started) that the children would be in summer school. With this conflict, we did not know who would be able to attend. We decided that it did not matter if 10 children attended or 5 children attended. Those 5 children would be the most spoiled and most loved on 5 children around. LeeAnn shared a story where she planned a “spa day” for 20 foster girls. She had lined up a dozen volunteers, had all the nail polish and supplies needed and was ready to provide a wonderful and special day to these 20 girls. The day before the “spa day”, LeeAnn was told of a conflict and informed that only a handful of girls could attend. She should plan on having 4. While LeeAnn was disheartened, she remembered how Jesus would have died for just one of us, and if only one girl showed up, then they would minister to just one. The next day, 5 girls showed up and it was a blessing. God says that He will give you one to minister to and if you take care of them, He will send more. When Monday morning came, we were so happy and grateful to have a “full-house” of Navajo women and children.
There were 87 people on the 2010 Pueblo Pintado trip and each person has many, many stories and God moments that he/she could tell. This journal contains only a very few. If you talk to anyone who went on the trip, you would be listening for hours to the many ways that their lives were touched and how they touched the lives of others. What a blessing the Pueblo Pintado trip was to me and to all those who went.
God Bless, Toni
We are still heavily involved in Missions while Serving our Native Americans the Navajo on the desert of New Mexico. One of the cooler things added this past year is that we are mentoring young men and women in their walk with Christ, while teaching them how to restore Volkswagen Beetles. We also model for them Christ’s unconditional love by giving these vehicles to those in need. www.Bugs4Christ.webs.com Take a peek at our video at http://bit.ly/QS0V9 If you listen and watch with an open heart, it will change your world