Kingdom Workers: Apache

Summer music camp on the Apache Mission

Teach others to sing and play music for the Lord!

GOAL: Teach + inspire people of all ages and musical ability to make a joyful noise to the Lord.

• Experienced Lutheran musicians with a heart for teaching, equipping, and cross-cultural ministry. 
• Especially need vocalists, guitarists, and pianists. Would also be interested in fiddle players.
• Be comfortable with teaching music skills like music theory.
• Be able to prepare group music lessons for a specific instrument and singing.
• Elementary classroom music teachers are strongly encouraged to apply!

WHERE: On the White Mountain Apache Reservation, in East Fork, AZ

WHEN: July 8-16, 2017


THE NEED:  On the Apache reservations, few formal music-learning opportunities are available to the community. Volunteers are needed to continue teaching musical skills to Apache Lutherans. - especially to children. The skills taught in this music workshop can be used to proclaim the gospel in churches, at wakes, in families, and across the reservations as part of outreach. Last year at the end of the music workshop, the children sang in a church service. Some of the children's parents who attended had never been to church before! This is a wonderful way to share the Gospel in the community.

ANTICIPATED VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: Volunteers will lead the children in group music classes - singing, playing instruments, and learning basic music theory. Bible lessons will also be taught daily to connect the songs and activities to God's Word.
Potentially, volunteers will lead a morning music workshop for children, provide individual or small group lessons, and offer evening music classes for adults. Children and adults will be encouraged to share the music they have learned in church the following Sunday. 

LODGING & FOOD:  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. Volunteers need to provide their own food.

SAFETY CONCERNS: The site is somewhat remote, so there is not easy access to emergency medical care. Those who have serious medical concerns may want to consider this. The possibility of vandalism, theft, and other concerns due to location in a rural reservation will mean that safety will be a priority on the project.

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 if booked by KW to offset some of the expenses. (No reimbursements can be given for fuel, mileage, or car rentals).

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

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.

FOOD: Volunteers will be asked to make many of their own meals but are invited to join a community meal on Friday night(s). Meals may occasionally be coordinated by the church or project manager.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: Participants are generally encouraged to drive their personal vehicle to the reservation. The time it takes to drive to nearby towns ranges from 45 minutes to 3 hours.


Help Us Spread The Word!

Field Manager: Anna Sherod


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.

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