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Sep 19

Chuck Harper’s New Position at Western Indian Ministries (WIM)

Chuck and Cindy Harper are our Missionaries in residence at DSC.  They head up our Native American Partnership in Global Missions.

After 12 years with North America Indigenous Ministries, the Harpers are returning to Western Indian Ministries, where Chuck will serve as the General Director- and continue his work with Christ for Native Youth (CNY).

Chuck discusses his new role as General Director of Western Indian Ministries (WIM)

Chuck says,

“We’re going back to our roots”.  “My grandfather came to the Navajo Reservation in 1904, and by 1907 he planted the first officially documented protestant Navajo Church.”

By 1937, Western Indian Ministries (WIM) was incorporated and stationed out of Fort Defiance, Arizona.  It was around this time that Chuck’s mother was born, and she was raised on the reservation.  Chuck’s parents have been serving with Western Indian Ministries for 55 years.

Chuck Harper discusses the history of Western Indian Ministries

As a teenager himself, Chuck got involved in WIM’s radio and youth ministries.  After graduating from Moody Bible Institute, working at WMBI radio, and spending close to 4 years on the mission field in Alaska, Chuck went to Biblical Seminary in Pennsylvania.  It was on a short-term missions trip that Chuck and Cindy met.  Cindy was on staff with Youth For Christ in New Jersey, and met the Harper family on the Navajo Reservation.   Cindy led Campus Life Clubs affiliated with three high schools, after school programs, and was involved with counseling, during her time with YFC.   Chuck and Cindy were both faith supported missionaries while they were single and have been working together and married now for 24 years.

Cindy and Chuck felt called to Native Youth Ministry, and after seminary, went back to WIM where they served for 9 years (1990-1999).   Christ for Native Youth (CNY) began during this time, which led them toward North America Indigenous Ministries  (NAIM) where the Harpers and CNY have found a home since 2000.

Chuck is officially taking up his new position as Executive Director of WIM on September 1, but will be part of the NAIM staff until the Staff Conference (which the Harpers are helping organize), which comes to Albuquerque in October.

Chuck is quick to say,

“We get teary-eyed thinking about leaving NAIM… it is a wonderful family and ministry to be involved in.”

Christ for Native Youth will also move to Western Indian Ministries along with the Harpers.   The vision of CNY is to see every young person in Native America within reach of a thriving disciple making opportunity.   At present CNY hosts youth leader retreats and training events, mentors youth leaders, and builds local “communities of hope”  a grass roots effort to pray together, support each other,  and build strategies to reach students for Christ.   Today there are over 600 Native Churches in AZ and New Mexico.  Many of those churches are without pastors, fewer have trained pastors, and most all live with very little resources.   In fact, the average Navajo Pastor makes less than $50 per month, if anything at all.   One of the major objectives of WIM will be to serve the native churches; with prayer, training, coaching, resourcing, and building a support network.

Chuck Harper describes some of the ways in which WIM seeks to help Navajo churches.

Besides serving the churches, Western Indian Ministries currently broadcasts the Gospel with three-radio stations- covering all of the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni Reservations.  Window Rock is home to Hilltop Christian School, police chaplaincy, a Christian Book Store, counseling, and a church planting ministry.    Chuck’s role with Western Indian Ministries will be the General Director.  These responsibilities include overseeing the Ministry Direction, Financial Viability and Leading the Mission staff to accomplish the Strategic Plan of equipping and serving Native Churches, and making disciples who make disciples.

The Harpers are “faith based” missionaries, which means all their income is provided by supporting churches and individuals who give, as God provides.      Some current specific needs:

  • Vehicle: dependable for Chuck to travel an average of 500 miles per week (a small pickup is preferred to haul equipment, food, etc.)
  • Staff:   2nd Grade Teacher, School Principal, Field Supervisor, Grounds and Maintenance Director, Radio Announcer (all in Window Rock, AZ)
  • Staff:  Bookkeeper, Youth Workers, Operations Manager (in ABQ, NM)
  • Tools:  (the mission shop was vandalized, and most of the tools were taken; mechanical and building construction)
  • School Bus
  • Office Space:  about 3-400 sq feet in Albuquerque, NM

Please email Chuck and Cindy if you or anyone you know might be able to help them with the above needs for WIM.

Sep 12

September 2012 Ministry and Prayer Update from Hector Hernandez

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

As part of our Rabinal Achi Partnership, DSC works alongside Hector Hernandez and Eder Iscopal, two young Achi men who love Jesus and love to share the gospel with their own people and others around the world.  These men started a youth organization called OR4, which stands for Organization of the 4 R’s.  The four R’s stand for: Relationship, Rescue, Restoration, and Reconciliation.

Hector sharing the vision of the short term Mission project to panama

Our recent young adult missions team was blessed to work along side Hector, Eder, and the entire OR4 ministry team to visit villages, pray for folks, and share the truth and love of Jesus with them.

Hector sends us ministry and prayer updates periodically.  This one just came in:

How are you dears friends?

I’m again sending you some news about me and the God´s ministry in San Miguel and others villages.

I am currently visiting different churches in Baja Verapaz to promote short-term mission trip to Panama from November 15 to December 15 this year. As always, the situation is not very encouraging when I hear people get discouraged because of the cost. Still I’m hoping to gather about 15 people to realize this project. Several young people have shown interest in the trip, but besides having some financial trouble, they are having difficulty getting permission from parents and some to get their documents such as a passport or being underage.

Our goal is to promote the vision and action of being a missionary. Part of the plan is that those who join us for this mission trip would receive training as part of the plan the course “Biblical Stories,” a tool that we can use to evangelize and disciple people of Nobe Bugle indigenous region in Panama.

Among other activities …

  • Eder, still working at St. Agnes with the youth of the Nazarene Church in the plan of discipleship. Alfredo Canahui is supporting him in carrying out activities with biblical teaching and recreational in the children’s ministry.
  • Daniel and Jeremiah are in charge of the meeting on Friday on the Cancha (public basketball/soccer court), unfortunately this has not been satisfactory for us because it has been very difficult to bring together young people. Now we are developing a strategic plan for youth to come and we can serve them and minister to recreate a time with them.
  • Last Sunday in OR4 was able to help the ministry of pastors and churches of San Miguel Chicaj joined in celebrating the “Day of the Bible.” I include some pictures.

 

The Achi Band ready to celebrate The Day of the Bible in San Miguel Chicaj

 

The Day of The Bible celebration!

Please pray for:

1.     Lord’s wisdom and guidance to develop the project mission and ministry in general OR4, for the glory of His name.

2.      For my finances and the finances of the other people who want to be part of the mission project and that God will open doors according to the needs of other stakeholders.

I’m praying for you.

In Christ,  Hector Hernandez  Operation R4 San Miguel Chicaj