The construction for the On Eagles' Wings Leadership Center continues. Check out this exciting video update to see the progress, tour the facility, and meet Student Life Coordinators, Seth and Sarah Stevens (Navajo).
We are so excited about the progress on the construction for the On Eagles' Wings Leadership Center.
The On Eagles' Wings Leadership Center is a place where Native young men and women will be discipled and equipped to be lifetime Jesus-followers. They will be prepared with the skills and strategies needed to be messengers of hope to Indigenous and worldwide communities.
29 Summers of Hope. This one was different...
"Muscle memory." You've seen it as you've watched Olympic athletes...when you drive...type on your computer...play a musical instrument. It's "a movement repeated over time that creates long-term muscle memory, eventually allowing it to be performed with little or no conscious effort."
"They're really hard there."
That's what I kept hearing about the Cloud Lake Reservation. That's probably more of a reason to go there.
Even though our venue was surrounded by Indian housing which the team had canvassed earlier - and where our sound system can't be ignored - we started the night with just us. Finally, one girl hesitantly checked it out. Missy (Lakota), whose self-harm scars are now evidence of her new Hope, quickly went to welcome her. Neither girl realized the destiny in that meeting.
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" they asked about Jesus.
"Can anything good come out of Bluffton?" those who live on or near the Antelope Valley Reservation have been asking for years.
Tribal people call Bluffton "the most dangerous place" on their reservation. Locals in the area say "it's a place I never go."
A Summer of Hope in a Season of Hurt
That's how we greeted the excited Native young people at Warrior Leadership Summit 2021. And that's why we may have been even more excited than they were.
God is moving powerfully at Warrior Leadership Summit, the On Eagles' Wings discipleship conference for hundreds of Native youth.
They were big and tough - and scared. Local Native believers said they were scared...of some of their centuries-old beliefs.
There's a lot of fear of dark forces that makes it very difficult for Rocky Creek young people to choose Jesus. Even the big guys.
But these guys listened to Darren, a big guy himself - and his story of being disowned by his family for choosing Jesus. And of a family transformed because of one son who brought Jesus into their lives. His challenge to those guys, as he has mentioned many other places: "It's time to come home to Jesus."
When the President sent Federal law enforcement assistance to four of the highest crime reservations, Arrowhead was one of them.
When a Senate committee was investigating the "suicide epidemic" on reservations, they asked Arrowhead young people to testify. Because there had been so many there.
And this was God's choice to be the fourth community for Hope to be brought to this summer!
Driving into the reservation town of Antelope Valley brought tears to my eyes. Because of what God did here 27 years ago.
This is where God broke my heart for Native American young people. It's where He called me to devote a chunk of the rest of my life to reaching and discipling them.