Growing a foundation

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 1, 2018

The Need:  Fifty percent of the population on the White Mountain Apache Reservation is under 24 years old. That's a lot of souls, a lot of kids looking for activities during the summer, and a lot of mouths to feed in an area with only a few grocery stores. We welcome you to come spend time with families and children as we garden, sing, and learn God's word together. We're looking for self -starters with a desire to jump in and make friends and connections in the unique context.

In response to the grace of Jesus, and in accordance with the commission of the body of Christ, this Kingdom Workers Service Immersion opportunity will foster cultural exchange and understanding. Participants will join in a series of guided learning and service opportunities facilitated by Kingdom Workers Apache staff, Apache Lutheran leaders, and local volunteers. 

Goal and Activities: Share God's word with children on the Apache reservation through a variety of activities.
 1.) Garden Club + Family Nights
 2.) Sunday School
 3.) Music Camp
 4.) Community Friendships

Location: On the White Mountain Apache Reservation, at East Fork, AZ

  June 17 - July 15, 2018

Number of volunteers needed: 1 or 2 (if a couple)

Qualifications & Skills: Active and willing to do hard physical labor (organic farming) four days/week and chase after kids. Strong faith, open mind, and kind hearts are a must. Should be very comfortable working with children, with lots of experience with children ages 5-13. Should be able and willing to be active for 6 plus hours/day, doing some heavy farming-type work as well as working with children and helping show God's love to various ages.

Anticipated Daily Volunteer Activities: Throughout the entire stay, the volunteer will be actively participating in maintaining a small garden and assisting with a children's gardening class. For one week, the volunteer will also be active with a children's music program, alongside other volunteers. Volunteer will be invited to participate in teaching Sunday School. Volunteer will be invited to other church/community events as they happen. Volunteer is encouraged to pursue friendship ministry by participating as a volunteer at the Ndee Bikiyaa farm, the local foster home, or another outlet that interests them.

Expectations of Participants
- Complete Kingdom Workers Application 
- Respond to essay questions about personal learning goals for this experience  
- Complete pre-trip orientation 
- During Service Immersion:  Daily Bible studies; Weekly small group discussion 
- Complete post-trip team reflection, survey, and essay

Medical Accessibility:The site is somewhat remote, so there is not easy access to emergency medical care. Those who have serious medical concerns will want to take this into consideration

Recommended to Bring: 
Bug repellant
Plenty of sunscreen
Bible for personal devotions
Hat (for working outside)
Water bottle
Work gloves (gardening gloves)
An extra fan
Small kitchen tools you can’t live without (e.g. food processor, tea kettle, muffin pan, etc.)

FUNDRAISING: Volunteers desiring to serve on the Apache reservation have the opportunity to fund raise for their Program Fee ($50), a Daily Living per Diem ($20/day per person), and plane tickets booked by KW* to help offset some of the expenses. (No reimbursements can be given for fuel, mileage, or car rentals.) 

ESTIMATED COSTS: Varies greatly depending on your city of origin and mode of transportation.

  • PROGRAM FEE: There is a $50 non-refundable fee to participate in this program.

    FREE HOUSING: There are dorms and apartments available on-site in East Fork, within walking distance from the project, on a secured campus. Kitchenette will be accessible.

  • FOOD: Meals will not be provided. A grocery store is accessible (10 minutes by car)

  • LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: Participants are encouraged to drive their personal vehicle to the reservation to save on expenses. It is nearly impossible to get around the reservation without a method of transportation. The time it takes to drive to nearby towns ranges from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

    *FLIGHT: If Kingdom Workers books the flight, volunteers can choose to pay KW directly, or have the amount added to their fundraising goal. If volunteers reserve their own plane ticket, they will forfeit the option of fundraising for that cost. No reimbursement can be given.

    OTHER: Tribal permit for hiking ($10) (Optional)


Cultural Considerations:

Dress on the reservation is generally modest but not fancy except for special occasions. For your own comfort and out of respect for others, we suggest wearing more conservative clothing.

Volunteers should not feel offended if during a group conversation, someone switches from speaking in English to Apache. Many of the elderly speak English as a second language and are simply more comfortable/able to express themselves in Apache.

People talk about time loosely on the reservation. A 1PM meeting may happen anytime in the early afternoon.

Out of love for you and the Apache people, we strongly urge you to abstain from drinking during the short time that you’re present on the Apache mission as a worker for the gospel. Meanings associated with drinking are different in different cultures and contexts. Here on the reservations, it is associated with drunkenness, lewd behavior, irresponsible parenting, disrespect for the church, and a traumatizing history in many families.

The reservation is generally safe as most violence is domestic or gang related, but do remember that visitors are obvious “outsiders” while staying here.  Volunteers should be aware of their surroundings and take special care when traveling at night. Hiking and walking at night are strongly discouraged. 

Anna Sherod

Field Manager

Want to get a feeling for the impact this project has on the community? Read up on last year's work. 

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