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Prayer Requests

The most critical need for those of the San Carlos Apache Nation is for others to lift them up in prayer.  Often. The spiritual battles waged on a daily basis are honestly brutal. We are, however, learning that God’s children NEVER need to cringe in fear.  Your prayers are treasures to all of us.

September & October, 2019

 “Death” is a profound part of “life” on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Diabetes, the countless effects of alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, and murder are FAR-too common. With a Tribal Enrollment of approx. 14,000, there is at least one funeral each week.   Infants are formed within toxic wombs; drug-affected and gang affiliated have taken the lives of many, lately.

Please commit to daily praying; primarily as the Spirit leads,

but also through the list below:

We are truly grateful for your prayers!

  • Pray for the new Youth Group formed through ARM, which is meeting Friday evenings at an Apache-led church.  Pray for this group of teens who is digging deep into the Word of God, and for those who are leading them. PLEASE mark your calendars and pray for them on Fridays.
  • Please pray for the youth of San Carlos; young women who are constantly in danger of rape, incest, etc., the teens/young adults we know who are displaced because it appears no one wants them and those who are in gun-wielding gangs in order to feel protected and “loved”.
  • Please pray for the LORD to provide a Church Bus driver who loves Him to join our team to drive our Children’s Church Bus so that this branch of ARM can resume soon.
  • Please pray for the LORD to send and filter others to join in ministry with ARM.  Pray for partners to monthly support our Native team members!
  • Please pray!  Suicides attempts have been increasing for those as young as eleven years old.  Currently, suicides on this Reservation are ELEVEN times the National average.
  • Pray for those of the San Carlos Apache Tribe as well as those within this ministry and their family members as the spiritual battles occur daily.
  • Pray for your Apache spiritual siblings who have fallen prey to the evil one!  We absolutely love watching as prayers are answered and these are once again welcomed into the Body of Christ!
  • Please keep the students of San Carlos in prayer!  Violence occurs at school as well as at home.
  • Pray for the recently graduated; for the Lord to guide them on amazing adventures and provide for all of their needs as they attend colleges in cross-cultural environments..
  • Pray for God to provide places of employment for all of those desperately trying to find work on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.  Unemployment continues to stand at over 75%!
  • Please pray urgently for those who are homeless, or living without electricity, or in sheds with no insulation, running water or electricity. Temperatures this winter will definitely produce snow.  The need remains for 1,400-1,600 homes today!
  • Pray for the construction projects of ARM; wisdom, safety, laborers and funding.
  • Pray for concise, clear communication between Tribal Government representatives, representatives from the State of Arizona and our Nation’s capitol and lasting solutions. Pray as opportunities arise for ARM representatives to advocate on behalf of the San Carlos Apache Nation.
  • Praise God for ARM’s strong reputation among Apache churches, Tribal agencies, etc. and the new relationships constantly beginning.  Pray for wisdom as we serve Jesus Christ in so many ways.  Pray for wisdom as we hire additional Team Members, attend meetings with Tribal agencies and more.
  • Please pray for those on the Reservation who tirelessly proclaim the Hope of Jesus Christ!  These Apache Spiritual Warriors (Pastors, wives and lay-preachers, first responders, etc.) need encouragement, and prayers for good health, strong marriages, families who are faithful, financial support and wisdom as they lead.  Pray for ARM’s representatives to have wisdom as they meet with these leaders to simply encourage them and help bear their many burdens.
  • Pray for the pastor’s wife who recently had a kidney removed and is on dialysis and two pastors who are on dialysis with severe health challenges.
  • Please keep those who are currently in jail or prison in your prayers.  Many times, children and teens choose actions that will mandate a jail sentence so that they have greater safety than at home!  Pray for the LORD to speak to these inmates, and breathe value into them.  Pray for those on the staff of these facilities to have and share the Hope of Christ with these inmates.
  • Please keep the vulnerable in prayer as the violent continue to prey upon them.
  • Please keep the babies who are forming within the wombs of intoxicated/addicted mamas in prayer. Pray for these mothers, too.  Pray for them to find value in Jesus’ love for them so their deep need for love can be fulfilled in healthy ways.
  • Please pray for safe homes for children who need to be removed from dangerous homes and the agencies involved in this process.
  • Please pray for the healthcare of those on the Reservation.  Diagnosis is oftentimes inaccurate and life-threatening.
  • Pray for the care givers in hospitals off of the Reservation as well as on, to become culturally sensitive to the unique characteristics of communication, family and more within our Native brothers and sisters.  VERY often, San Carlos Apaches must be transported far from home to receive adequate care; typically from 1 1/2-2 hours away from their family..
  • Please pray for those with significant needs:  it is clear that those with the greatest needs are those who do not ask for help.  Pray for the Lord to direct those with resources to those who need help the most.  Please pray against nepotism in various “aid” agencies, and for us to have wisdom regarding who to help…and how.
  • Pray diligently for the elderly of San Carlos!  Although their monthly Social Security check is valued, in many homes, they personally are not…elder abuse is growing.
  • Please keep ARM’s needs in prayer; we need more monthly supporters.  The economy has forced some churches to decrease support and some elderly partners have gone home to be with the Lord.  Costs for construction, insurance, gasoline, etc. have increased.
  • Thank God!  A former gang leader shared that gang affiliation is in fact decreasing!  His view of why that is happening?  The kids and teens that attend our Church Bus are seeing they can make a different and better choice!  However, there are still children choosing to follow family members’ footsteps by becoming gang members, OR, forced to because they reside under the same roof.  Pray for Angel, Raymondo, Taagi, Steven, Justin, Mardy, Jeremy, Charles, Isreal, Tony, Anferne and others who need to disconnect from this hazardous lifestyle.
  • Praise God for the over 100 adults, teens and children who have accepted Christ and been baptized with the assistance of ARM since 2012!
  • Thank God for His power, love and wisdom!  So MUCH of what we are part of would be impossible without Him!

 

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