Erin and Wayne Blankenship, who have moved to the Navajo Reservation as missionaries with Western Indian Ministries, are moving into a more suitable trailer on the mission property. They are looking for some hands to help with moving. The catch is, of course, that it is all happening on the reservation near Window Rock (NM/AZ border). This means a beautiful 2 hour drive, working to support these ministry partners, and then a gorgeous drive home. The move is on March 4, and we will be meeting at the church at 8:00AM. The Blankenship’s are happy to feed you lunch and would love to give a tour of the ministry campus. This is a great opportunity to encourage these ministry partners and see how God is at work thru WIM to reach native peoples! If you are interested in helping please contact Koren Saiers at 505-604-1032 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catch up with the latest from the Barreras and all that is going on in their lives:
Our hearts were thrilled to see these photos of the Youth With a Mission team from San Miguel distributing Achi New Testaments in a village recently.
What a blessing it has been to dig deep into Psalms this past year! The consultant check of the last third of Psalms in Achi was finished in August. Now I (Carol) am setting my sites on my part in checking Proverbs. The consultant check workshop on that book starts the last week of October, but I need to have my suggestions and questions sent to the international consultant and the Achi team by October 15th. Pray for me to be able to meet that deadline!
I recently received an email notifying me that my “new” position title is Achí OT & NT Revision Consultant. That was nice to know, even though that is the work I have been doing for the past five years! Just to give you an idea of what this work involves, I estimate that for the whole book of Psalms, I exchanged over a hundred emails with the international consultants and Achi speakers. In addition, I wrote around five to ten notes per chapter into the Achi text in the computer program we use. (This program allows all of us in the project to see the latest draft. My comments to the translators or the international consultant are marked with a little red flag in the text. When that flag is clicked on, my comment appears in a window for them to read.)
Remember the arduous task that was completed this past spring in making a multiple-voice recording of the Pentateuch in Achi? That recording has now been edited and will soon be delivered to “Achilandia”. There will be a formal dedication and launching of its use in a large Achi church on September 11th. Different means of playing the recording (USB’s, CD’s, special machines, radio) are being explored. I have been informed that funds are lacking for buying the devices which will “carry” this part of God’s Word to the ears of the Achi people. If any of you are interested in helping out with this project, let me know, and I will convey your interest to the Achi team in charge of the distribution.
We, our children and grandchildren hadn’t been all together for two years, and it looks like we might not be able to have another such reunion for another two years. So it was satisfyingly special to spend a week in July with our daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters, along with our son, daughter-in-law and their two little ones.
Not such pleasant news is that a hit and run driver hit our parked car, totaling it. We are still in the process of trying to resolve this with our insurance company while looking to find suitable transportation. We are thankful that no one was in our car when this happened.
I consider it good news that I was able to see a shoulder specialist who said my shoulder is finally ready for therapy. I have started that two times a week, with hopes of strengthening the muscles to increase mobility and help prevent further dislocations. More good news is that I probably won’t need cataract surgery for another year.
Rodrigo’s news is that he is enrolling this fall for another online course with the School of Biblical Counseling. He has also been happy for some open doors in ministering to some Spanish-speaking friends here in Cheyenne.
Recap for prayer:
*Starting the distribution of the Pentateuch recording in September
*Editing of Proverbs for October checking session
*Guidance for decisions regarding meeting our transportation need
*Planning a spring trip to Guatemala
May God’s Word dwell in all its richness in our hearts,
Rodrigo and Carol Barrera
Here is some excited news about great things that are happening among the Navajo Nation and the Western Indian Ministries’ work with the Navajo church:
I am so excited to tell you about how God is working on the Navajo Nation – and using Western Indian Ministries to help grow and nurture the Navajo Christians and the Native Churches for His glory!
On August 19 and 20, Western Indian Ministries hosted the firstNavajo Nation Christian Leadership Summit! What a joy to see several hundred Christian leaders and over 90 Pastors join us. The Navajo Nation President’s office suggested the event, and assigned one of their staff to work with over 50 pastors in planning, and then asked if Western Indian Ministries would be the host site for this historic event.
We were honored to host this event, especially because serving and equipping the Christian Churches on the Navajo Nation is what WIM is all about! Our amazing staff worked long hours planning the logistics, cooking and serving food, creating a special prayer trail, preparing signage, setting up parking spaces, porta-johns, etc., all to make the event happen! I wish you could have seen our team doing such an amazing job, all with the joy of the Lord glowing in their hearts – even after a long and busy weekend!
The summit was a huge success! Our theme was Biblical Unity- John 17. Difficult issues were discussed, and some strategies were set in motion to meet critical challenges on the Navajo Nation. Break out sessions addressed the priority areas that our planning team had identified. These included: suicide, biblical counseling, disciple making, coping with grief, leadership development, the church and Navajo law, marriage, and youth ministry. Some of our staff and board members were part of the teaching and strategic development.
So, thank you for your prayers and for helping to make WIM relevant and effective. God is listening. Your prayers make our ministry possible!
I can also joyfully report that God used the Navajo Church to fully fund this event! What a joy that is, especially as we are working hard to rebuild our own financial foundations and fully fund our ministry.
Again, thank you so much for your investment in us and in Western Indian Ministries! God is truly using our team to transform Native America!
Chuck and Cindy Harper