Each year, we have the incredible opportunity to share with manyof the San Carlos Apache Tribe at Christmas time. Because of the donations of our friends and partners, hundreds of children, teens and even adults will receive a hand-stitched stocking filled with their wishes and a hand-tied fleece blanket. We will need the help of many and are praying that you might be one of them!
The Christmas Stocking pattern and instructions are located under “Ways to Give/Christmas Stocking and Fleece Blanket Project”
Simply click the link above to download a list of the “wishes” we’ll tuck within the Stockings. For those who live far away from the San Carlos Apache Reservation, we would ask that you send donations, or gift cards to Dollar Tree or WalMart to save your postage costs.
As the Church Bus lessons have unfolded this summer, a spiritual “line” was drawn in the sand. The children of San Carlos KNOW that Jesus loves them, and that His offer of forgiveness and adoption depends upon their choice to accept Him. Many permission slips were dispersed, but only three had returned. We proceeded in faith…not only not knowing who would be baptized, but even if there would be enough water. GOD is the miracle-worker, and GOD worked miracles on August 17th as THIRTY children turned out, some with families as co-celebrators, to make their public profession of faith in ample water in the river. Please join us in praising God and in praying for these new babes in Christ!
We are not quite finished…but a project that is so much larger than us has been unfolding here in the desert of Arizona. God blessed this ministry with 45 acres that borders the National Forest when we were looking at just 3-5 acres. As the economy slowed, the County told us we needed a permanent access to that property over the Pinal Creek. This creek runs dry for most of the year, but during summer monsoons, or when winter rains melt the snow on the mountains above us, currents of deep water would wash our culverts away, making access impossible by vehicle. The LORD provided precious people from New Jersey to California to help haul rock in the summer sun, form enormous concrete pillars, create a bridge from railroad cars and then place them by crane…and so much more! We are humbled by the laborers and those who financially have sacrificed on this project. God is Good…and God alone could orchestrate this. When excavation required softball-sized rocks for the baskets, that’s what the rented backhoe revealed from our hillside. When we needed dirt with few rocks to create the access on each side, that’s what we found. The following phase required large rocks and boulders. Guess what we found? One church, unsolicited, provided the generous “seed money” that began what our area newspaper called “The Mother of all Entrances.” There are so many stories of GOD’s Might! Please join us in praying for the remaining funds to finish. A six-foot deep, three foot-wide trench must be dug in the creek bed which will then need to contain 50′ of rock-filled baskets to keep the water from undercutting the abutments. More rock. More labors. More expense…More prayers.
It is always such a blessing to complete a home! Everyone celebrates! Family members, friends, and the ARM family as well. We have just completed yet another home! Please pray for those who will reside within to remain safe. Pray also as this is a very special home…a place of ministry, as the recipients are ARM family members. Our Children’s Minister, Faye Hinton and her family will live in a much larger home; one we’re confident will be used for the Kingdom. Arizona Reservation Ministries currently has four other homes under construction; one is nearly done, simply waiting for the funds to arrive to purchase the kitchen cabinets, stove, hot water heater and other “finishing touches.” Each home typically costs $22,000 of donated funds to complete; 60% of which is contributed through our visiting Short Term Ministry Teams as they also add their ARMs to finish a house. Homes are needed, and by providing them, ARM has earned the right to share about our eternal home with many! Thanks for praying about this special area of Arizona Reservation Ministries!
Arizona Reservation Ministries
8435 South Six Shooter Canyon Road
Globe, AZ 85501
Arizona Reservation Ministries exists to provide God’s ARMs around the Reservation. Currently serving on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in ways only God could orchestrate, those “arms” are providing a hug for children, shooting basketballs with youth, building homes, distributing clothing and food to impoverished families and sharing God’s hope through the Gospel with all ages. Established upon the principal found in Exodus 17 where God’s people need the assistance of others, ARM has chosen the servant position of Aaron, holding up the needs of our Apache brothers and sisters as the Lord leads. Those who partner with us—financially, prayerfully, or physically, are likewise upholding those in God’s family who live in tremendous poverty (“Hur”). That leaves the “Moses” position: Native Christians are more than capable of representing Christ on their Reservation. With their limited funds, etc., we are simply called to “hold up their ARMs.” We’re grateful that you’re taking the time to read about us, and acknowledge that our deepest need is your prayers.