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The History of Arizona Reservation Ministries

God’s ARMs around the Reservation

During the mid-to-late 1990’s a group of missionaries working with members of the Navajo Nation as well as Apaches from the the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona began praying for a door to open, allowing them to work with another group of Apache People, just south of the White Mountain Apaches, to whom they were currently ministering. At various times during the year, the tribes would meet together for revivals, powwows, etc. Apache pastors from one reservation would travel to the other sharing their gifts. In May of 2000, this group became united in that prayer. Within a week, an 82-year-old church became available less than 20 minutes from this reservation to the south—for a lease price of just $1.00! That summer, a renovated bus to be used as a mobile youth center arrived from Indiana painted (unbeknownst to the donors and the recipients) in the San Carlos Apache High School colors! Apache pastors from this reservation became acquainted with our staff.  Within a brief period of time, the tribal youth home, and Boys and Girls Club both asked for our assistance, too. God had indeed opened the door!

Shortly after, the ministry receiving these gifts began some internal restructuring, deciding to focus on one area of its ministries for a period, and setting aside others. With this Board of Director’s blessing, Dale Lawrence began Arizona Reservation Ministries, taking the donated bus and utilizing the church facilities donated earlier.

On March 29, 2002, after less than a month in operation, Arizona Reservation Ministries obtained its incorporation papers establishing it as a non-profit corporation within the State of Arizona. The focus of this ministry is not to start a new church or school, but to aid Apache Christians who are already serving on this reservation. ARM’s focus is taken from Exodus 17:8-16. This tells of the battle between the Isrealites and the Amalekites. The Isrealites were winning as long as Moses held up his arms. After a long period, it became a difficult task to do alone. Aaron and Hur found a place for Moses to sit, and took it upon themselves to hold up Moses’ arms. With this partnership, the battle was won. It is the desire of ARM to represent the work of Aaron. By providing leadership training, children’s programs (including the mobile youth ministry), benevolence work, partnerships with those in Tribal government and agencies and emotional/physical support for our Native pastors, ARM can provide practical and much-needed aid. As you provide physical, financial and prayer assistance, you then become the representative of Hur, equally as important in assisting our Native Spiritual Siblings in fighting the very real spiritual battle on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. It is clear from this word picture (and the experiences of those associated with ARM) that “Moses” (Native Christian leaders) is weary and in need of assistance.

Since our beginnings, the Lord continues to provide opportunities for ministry as only He can!  We are now working to construct homes for the homeless of this reservation and help with critical home repairs.  A weekly Bible Study is held at the Tribal-run Assisted Living facility for adults.  We are incredibly humbled and blessed to be the only entity not part of the Tribal offices who is frequently asked to participate in events and activities they plan.  Children’s and Teen programming continue.  Relationships with Apache churches continue.  In the winter of 2006, the Lord provided a 45-acre site for far less than the appraised value that had never been on the market for ARM’s new base of operations.  Pray as the Lord continues to direct in the development of this property so near the Reservation.  In 2009, we were blessed to hire our first Apache team member, since then, having many from the Tribe join in ministry with us as ARM ‘family.’   Our team is growing!  Since 2012, over 100 children, teens and adults have been baptized through ARM!  God is leading!  Your prayers are coveted!

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