“Many of the attendees come predisposed against Jesus already because they have grown up believing Jesus is the white man’s God.”
Nonetheless, God’s Spirit works in highly effective methods. A whole lot of Native youth like Jamie meet Christ for the primary time, they usually learn to reside for Him on the “rez.”
Of abuse and dependancy: Jamie’s story
Many youths who attend Warrior Management Summit have a narrative like Jamie’s. She grew up in a distant nook of a Navajo reservation, Hutchcraft begins. Whereas the neighborhood was robust, Jamie’s residence life was much more troublesome.
“Her dad abandoned her, neglected her, mistreated her; she was abused as a young girl,” he shares.
“She started to drink and then drug, and finally reached a point – by her own telling – that she literally could not stand to be alive unless she was high or drunk.”
Jamie isn’t an exception. A survey printed final yr discovered “Native American youth report substantially higher use of alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and other illicit drugs” in comparison with the nationwide pattern.
Moreover, “Inflated rates of substance abuse plague tribal communities… it is something Native people and tribes have been battling for years” the Nationwide Congress of American Indians (NCAI) reviews.
All the pieces modified when Jamie discovered about Warrior Management Summit.
“She got on a bus, rode a long time from the Navajo reservation to the middle of the country… and heard about a Jesus who said, ‘I can introduce you to a Father who will never hurt you, never leave you, and always love you – no matter what’,” Hutchcraft remembers.
Starting with the Summit, the Holy Spirit led Jamie from a lifetime of brokenness to considered one of promise. She turned away from her former life and have become a brand new particular person in Christ. At the moment, Jamie attends Moody Bible Institute, the place she’s finding out to acquire a management function on the reservation.
Jamie’s additionally intent on reaching her individuals for Christ.
“You should see her stand on basketball courts – where there are a lot of ‘Jamies’ – and tell [her] story, and tell Jesus’ story, and lead so many Native young women to Christ.”
God used many issues to organize Jamie for change, however sponsorship was the catalyst. Hutchcraft says Jamie attended Warrior Management Summit as a result of somebody “paid her way.” Sponsorship lined Jamie’s transportation and convention prices, enabling her to attend WLS and meet a Savior who modified her life.
Will you be a catalyst for somebody like Jamie?
By sponsorship, you may cowl the WLS prices Native younger individuals can’t afford. Find out about poverty in Native communities right here. It additionally helps equip Native believers for the Summer season of Hope outreach.
“The convention is the epicenter of a complete motion of God that’s happening by Native younger individuals to Native younger individuals for Jesus Christ.”
To sponsor a warrior, go to HopeForNativeAmerica.org and choose a sponsorship possibility.
Header picture is a consultant picture courtesy On Eagles Wings/Ron Hutchcraft Ministries.