Children & Youth
For youth on the reservation, the likelihood of completing high school is far below US average due to poverty, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and family responsibilities. Alcoholism begins before middle school, marijuana, cocaine and meth following quickly. For many gang affiliation and frequent visits to jail are also part of their teens years.
Mobile Ministry and Many Fun Events!
This Church Bus is getting ready to roll again! With two women from the San Carlos Apache Nation preparing to drive and teach, meetings planned for a more sustainable focus, we are excited! For sixteen years, this part of ARM traveled weekly into four neighborhoods, teaching, playing and sharing Christ with 200+ children. Children of those children are eagerly anticipating our return! The ARM Team also hosts special events, such as Vacation Bible Schools at Reservation churches, Family Fun Days, and assists in carnivals, parades and more. Through the Church Bus, we are also blessed to provide backpacks each July for the beginning of a new school year, and Christmas Stockings and fleece blankets just before Christmas. Over 75 children have proclaimed their commitment to Christ in baptism through ARM’s Children’s Ministries!
We are blessed with the opportunity to share the Gospel by word, deed and heart with the youth of the San Carlos Apache Nation! Many who are now passing through those typically turbulent years have been part of our Church Bus (see ARM’s Children’s Ministries) for a long time. We remember when they were little and went from diapers to “big girl panties,” when they celebrated a birthday, lost their mama to a meth overdose, or spent time in jail for releasing the anger from the abuse at home. Life for many teens of San Carlos includes so many heart-breaking situations that our earnest plea is that you will passionately pray for them. Friday evenings, our vans pick them up and take them to their own gathering, complete with dinner, games, Bible lessons and time to privately confide and pray. These students are excited to grow into leaders, able to assist in teaching their little siblings on the Church Bus and in Vacation Bible Schools!
The Bus…and more!
Our Church Bus visited several neighborhoods of the San Carlos Apache Reservation, averaging 200 kids in attendance each week for sixteen years! Children of former “Bus Kids” were attending. We have a new bus that is nearly ready to roll! We have a woman from San Carlos who has just earned her commercial driver’s license, and another woman from the Reservation joining her to resume this critical area of ministry!
We’re excited that the Covid-19 restrictions are finally lifted! Youth meetings and our Church Bus will be rolling VERY soon! This Church Bus Team and the Youth leaders also host special events throughout the year, such as Vacation Bible Schools at Reservation churches, Sports Camps, Family Fun Days, and assists in carnivals, parades and more! We are also blessed to provide backpacks each July for the beginning of a new school year, and Christmas Stockings and fleece blankets just before Christmas. Please download the attached brochure for more information, and ways you can help.