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Prayer Requests
Pastor Darwin Tsosie's Family - That electricity would be connected soon to their new home.

Pastor Ben Yazzie - 
Needs di
alysis several times a week.   


Ministry Funding -
 
That our ongoing budget needs will be met
by people who have a heart for reaching Native people for Christ.
Did You Know...
In the US, 25% of Native Americans live on reservations and 75% in urban cities. 
 
In Canada, 57% of First Nations people live on reserves and 43% in urban cities. 
 
11 states have more than 100,000 Native residents: California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Washington, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan and Alaska. 
 
The suicide rate of young people in Native communities is 4-5 times the national average in the US and Canada. 
 
A First Nations youth in Canada is more likely to go to jail than graduate from high school. 
 
Many Native commun-ities in the US and Canada are impacted by human trafficking.
Upcoming Events
Sept 16-18 - Rev. Rich Avery speaking at the Missional Holiness Conference in Bethlehem, PA. 

Sept 29 - Dedication Service for Pastor Darwin & Ann Tsosie's new home, near Jeddito, AZ.
 
Your Church - Please contact us if you'd like a rep from Wesleyan Native Ministries to speak at your church for a weekend service, missions conference, or other event.
WNM e-NewsAugust 6, 2012

Greetings!

It's been an amazing summer for Wesleyan Native Ministries and the Native pastors, churches, and communities we serve. The Lord is using your prayer and financial support to build His kingdom in exciting ways!

 

First, we celebrate the provision of the new home for Pastor Darwin Tsosie's family.  They will move into the home this month, but it could be another month or two before the tribal utility will connect the electricity.  Please pray that this process would be expedited.

 

Second, we've been blessed by many ministry teams that have come out this summer to serve with Native pastors and churches, to help them reach their communities for Christ.  

 

From sports camps to VBS to Backyard Bible Clubs to home repairs to church facility improvements to visiting and praying with people in their homes, these teams have helped open new doors, and new hearts, for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

This year, new Native churches will be launched in South Dakota, and more Native leaders will be equipped for pastoral ministry (some via college and some via Wesleyan FLAME).

 

Would you please join us in praying for God's provision to help meet these needs, and would you give as the Lord leads you?Thank you!

 

In Kingdom partnership with you,

 

 

 

Rev. Rich Avery

Director


 

Please join us in praising God for the overwhelming response we've received to provide a new handicapped accessible home for Navajo pastor Darwin Tsosie and his family. We have exceeded our initial goal of $125,000 for the house, and have now raised over $150,000!

 

The additional monies will be used to furnish the home with new furniture, bedding, housewares, appliances, etc.  Any monies remaining after these needs have been met will be set aside in a special fund to help defray the family's long-term maintenance and utility costs.

 

This has been a grassroots effort, and we're so grateful to the dozens of churches and thousands of people who have given to help make this home a reality for the Tsosie family. This is truly an answer to prayer!

 

Go to www.WesleyanNativeMinistries.org to learn more about how the project has progressed, to learn more about a special home dedication being planned on September 29th, and to see a video of Pastor Darwin and Ann Tsosie expressing their gratitude.
 

Also, visit our Facebook page to see photos of the project.

Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from The Wesleyan Church

Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk Lifetime Achievement AwardGeneral Superintendent Dr. Jerry Pence presented a lifetime achievement award to Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, a Wesleyan Native leader and Respected Elder, on June 5, 2012 at the Wesleyan Church's 12th General Conference, held in Lexington Kentucky.

 

Dr. Yellowhawk placed his faith in Christ in 1953, at age 18. Married to Johanna, he has pioneered new churches and served as district superintendent of the former Wesleyan Native American District. 

 

He has also assisted Wycliffe Bible Translators in providing a version of the Bible in his native Lakota language. In 1995, Oklahoma Wesleyan University conferred a doctorate of divinity to Yellowhawk.

 

Dr. Yellowhawk is retired now, but still preaches from time to time at the Lakota Chapel in Eagle Butte, SD, and is still influencing others to answer the call to minister. His grandson, Steve, is one of those who has answered the call and is now working on his Masters degree in preparation.  Read More>>

Rev. Larry Salway Speaks at General Conference
Larry Salway Wesleyan Church General Conference

Wesleyan Natives from the Dakota District presented General Conference attendees with a meaningful glimpse into their customs as well as their faith.

 

Rev. Larry "Plenty Star" Salway, co-pastor with his wife, Dale, of the fast-growing He Sapa New Life (Wesleyan) Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, gave the devotional message for the Tuesday morning session of the 12th General Conference.

 

The Wesleyan Church highly values its ministry with Natives in the United States and Canada. Wesleyan Native Ministries, a subsidiary of the denomination, has been in existence for almost 70 years and works to empower Native leaders to evangelize and disciple their people in the context of their own culture. Read More>>