Who We Are:
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up – one on one side, one on the other – so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
We provide God’s ARMs around the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Those ARMs provide the shoulder for someone to cry on. The hands to pray, provide food, clothing, build a new home or remodel a broken one, help a child learn to rollerblade, baptize them, sort school items, stuff backpacks and Christmas stockings, serve food and pray over Apache pastors and their wives, and much….much more.
So…what do we do? Provide our ARMs, as well as our hearts as God leads, to come alongside the San Carlos Apache Nation so that they will know of God’s great love for them, and add their ARMs to this process as well. We are keenly aware of the concept formulated so well in the book entitled, “When Helping Hurts.” All that we do must flow from God’s leading, restoring the dignity our Native brothers and sisters most certainly deserve.
In this edition of Horizon’s Magazine, we were blessed to participate as their featured mission.
Please note the two articles; “A Tale of Two Mothers” reveals the significantly different lives of families where Jesus is Lord…and where the influences of alcohol, abuse and gang activity prevail. Please pray for both families and the others like them on the San Carlos Apache Reservation who must daily strive for a spiritually, physically and emotionally healthy life against great odds.
The second article was written to motivate citizens of these United States to realize the history we have created, and God’s mandate to repair what has been broken.
We’d appreciate your comments! Thanks for reading!
The ARM Team
2020 Short-Term Ministry FAQs
Dale and Diana Lawrence
In August of 1991, the Lawrence’s moved their family of six to the mission field with (Jacque, 1981; Jon, 1983; Justin, 1989 and Jenna 1990). God has been holding and leading them for over 29 years as missionaries! When the Lord provided a church building in Globe AZ, just off of the San Carlos Apache Reservation for just $1.00 (see the rest of our history elsewhere on this web site), Arizona Reservation Ministries was born. Dale and Diana were blessed to be its founders. Dale continues to serve as ARM’s Executive Director, overseeing the general operations, construction projects and financial accountability of this ministry. His heart is burdened for the Pastors of the San Carlos Apache Nation and prays for opportunities to encourage them as God leads. Diana serves as ARM’s Development Director. She also enjoys leading a weekly Bible Study at the Tribe’s Assisted Living facility and mentoring the younger women on the ARM Team. Dale and Diana’s income has continued to be faith-based since 1991, revealing many miracles and provision from their Father.
The Carlyle Family
We were honored to celebrate the provision of our 35th home in November of 2019! Prospero and Roxie had been helping build their own home since its beginnings. As a home is built through this ministry, scripture is written on the wall frames, the trusses and more. Pros and Roxie were the first to crawl beneath their framed home and write scripture on the piers that would support it. Their lives dramatically changed, as did those of their five children, as this structure was created. As encouraging and challenging words were shared by ARM’s team and this family’s pastor, their hearts were stirred to serve Christ. Remembering the scriptures now hidden beneath floor tiles and drywall, Pros and Roxie shared that when their son is told they are headed home, now exclaims, “It’s not our house, it’s Jesus’ house!”
Pros worked alongside our team on several construction tasks as 2019 drew to a close. His ARMs were a big help! He and Roxie “tag team” in caring for their sweet family. They discussed the possibility of joining the ARM team full-time. After meeting with ARM’s Directors, they decided to apply to be part of the ARM “family” full-time on January 6th, 2020. As many are aware, the support for Pros, Roxie and their children, Audreanna (2008), Prospero, Jr. (2012), Odalys (2014), Brandy (2015) and Angel (2017), (as well as ARM’s other Native team members) must come from ARM’s General Fund. Raising support independently from their community of San Carlos, where unemployment continues to stand at over 75%, would be impossible. If interested in supporting the Carlyle family, simply make your donations to ARM, in care of them.
Pros is a big help with our Construction Team. Roxie is working to obtain her Commercial Driver’s License, so that she can both drive the Church Bus, and teach the children within it. This family is also called to benevolence tasks across the Reservation. Their ARMs already impact many through Christ.
Mike has been a friend of ARM for many years! As 2019 began, his willingness to help in a variety of ways within this ministry prompted us to invite him to apply for a position on the ARM team. Mike serves primarily on our numerous construction projects. It has become clear that he is a hard-working servant, and a blessing to this ministry. Whether working on our latest home or church building project, helping keep ARM’s own properties in order, designing artwork (we’ve discovered he’s a gifted artist!) or helping with our Family Fun Days and more, Mike is a great blessing to this ministry. His support comes solely by ARM’s General Fund. Please pray about becoming a partner specifically with Mike, and helping him provide his ARMs within this ministry!
Taron arrived, offering to help us as needed, regardless of whether that service would be volunteer or not, during the summer of 2019. He had a “crash course” in Vacation Bible Schools, helping with two, within weeks of joining the ARM team! He has been a huge help with our annual Backpack Project, maintenance and construction projects as well. Because school has resumed, we welcome Taron a few afternoons each week, and know that when our tasks get busy, he’ll also add his ARMs on weekends as needed.
The Jon Lawrence Family
As December of 2012 ended, we were excited to interview and hire a couple that has been quite familiar with this ministry since its beginnings. Jon and Linda Lawrence first traveled the 1+hour one-way trek from Mesa AZ to volunteer with our Church Bus before their wedding in 2004. Soon after, they moved to Globe to be able to help this ministry. Through the next ten years, a lot transpired both within this ministry, and in this Lawrence family! Four children have arrived: Jasmine (2006), Andi (2008), Morgan (2010) and Edward (2011).
Many of the children and young teens who have attended the Church Bus or youth activities feel like the Lawrence kids are their family, too. Linda has had a major hand in building relationships and mentoring many. For several years, Linda served each afternoon through our Church Bus. She had the honor of baptizing many children since August of 2013 that were part of her ministry. Linda continues to mentor many of these kids through social media but now serves in ARM’s offices as well as leading Prayer Journeys of the Reservation, helping cook for our visiting teams and leading ARM’s Youth Group, which meets on Friday evenings. Jon keeps busy with the maintenance needs of this ministry, serving as ARM’s Work Group Coordinator and leading ARM’s Youth Group as well. Their four children are oftentimes seen serving in this ministry, too! This Lawrence family is also deeply dependent upon the Lord to provide partners to support them as they serve Him. Your partnership with the Lawrence family would be a tremendous blessing and an answer to prayer!
We are thrilled to introduce you to a wonderful family on the ARM Team! Vincent Stevens began assisting with ARM’s construction projects during the summer of 2018. At the first House Blessing he was blessed to participate in, Vincent smiled large and shared that it is a blessing to be able to work at what he’s passionate about. Not only is Vincent a capable contractor, he is also a faithful pastor at one of the Reservation churches. His wife, Vermaleen, is also a great blessing to this ministry! Her words of wisdom are shared from a quiet and faith-filled heart. Their daughter, Aurelia, adds energy and smiles of her own to bless this ministry! Aurelia has often been the one to raise her hand and answer questions at an ARM Vacation Bible School, or in the past on our Church Bus, even volunteering to pray, in spite of her young age! Please join us in welcoming the Stevens family. We would love for you to partner with them in financial and prayer support! Simply contact us for more information.