We are excited to announce…drum roll please…
One of our students, Jerrylne, who has been a core member of our youth centers’ programs over the years decided to step out in faith and enroll at Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, AZ. Before making this decision, she (and many other Native young adults) spent a month serving with On Eagles’ Wings (OEW). This ministry encourages and trains Native believers to share their Hope stories with other Native young adults. Jerry wrote a little bit about her time this summer-
“My summer with the OEW team was a lot of emotions. But, in a good way. On our first reservation I was scared to talk to the locals because I felt like I was going to scare them or creep them out in some way. But as it hit the 17 day mark, I was no longer scared. I was ready and excited to meet the locals, get to know them, and share the Gospel.
It was great during the events because when I talked to with a local, I had a smile and a good joy inside, which felt good. It kept me going to talk to other locals. As for my brothers and sisters on the team, I liked how we are from reservations and have a story and love for Christ to just share the Gospel with others.
Another thing I really enjoyed see was how we would hit the roads early in the morning and do Jesus time on the bus together silently. And, they were not ashamed and it was a good moment to see. As I applied for the team, I didn’t think I would make it, but God put me on the team for a reason: to share my story.
As for the whole month, there were tears, laughs, happiness, and sadness, but it was worth it. If there’s anything I’ve learned from being on that team, it’s the verse 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
Amen, Jerry! Through this program she received a scholarship for Indian Bible College where she will spend at least one-year in deeper Biblical studies. Before she trekked off for school, she shared her testimony at our weekly youth group (The Rising) of sixty teens. Jerry was the first student to share a message at The Rising. Silently, the teens listened to Jerry’s story of hope. Being from the community, she can relate to the youth in ways the other leaders can’t. And this is our goal: working ourselves out of a job as Native young adults take charge of the ministry. Not only did her message impact the youth group, it encouraged our staff too.
Josh and I had the privilege to drive her to orientation, meet the college staff, and tour the campus. Jerry was so excited to start this new life learning more about her savior. Please keep her in your prayers!