This year’s High School Missions Team had a fantastic trip to New Mexico where they were able to work with a couple of ministries within the Navajo Nation.
Twelve students and four adults spent ten days (March 21-30) in Smith Lake, NM and Window Rock, NM. This trip was unique as it was our first time the RCS Missions Team visited the Navajo Nation, and was focused on service projects as opposed to years past when the Mission Team, in addition to service projects, provided a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program in Guatemala and Dominican Republic. Smith Lake is small and most of those in the area live in poverty. While there, the RCS Missions Team partnered with Cornerstone Ministries to build ten new Hogans (homes) for ten families, who are living in the most difficult situations. Cornerstone Ministries receives supplies from World Vision.
While there, the Missions Team worked to organize supplies to help make the Hogan building project more efficient. One project was moving and restacking more than 46,000 pounds of insulation. The Mission Team also helped build walls of a Hogan for a young family with a five-year-old daughter and a five-month-old daughter. Time in Window Rock was spent at Western Indian Ministries. On this campus they have a church, radio station, and an ACSI elementary school. While in Window Rock, various service projects were completed, including sealing a roof, painting benches for the school, patching drywall, and building a storage shed. These projects were done while also leading devotions for several of the elementary and preschool classes, and participating in a church service with songs and testimonies. Great relationships were formed with many of the youth who live on the campus at Western Indian Ministries.
RCS Missions Team and RCS Global Director Ben Warner stated: “I am so proud of our students and staff. The unity of purpose and willingness to do whatever was asked was incredible. We hope to return to the Navajo Nation next spring. Thank you for all of your prayers and financial support. God taught us so much, and used us to be a light and encouragement.”