Apache: mission-minded plumbers

Help families manage their water and share the Water of Life!

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Location: White Mountain Apache Community, Arizona
Dates: late April - August (Dates are flexible)
Number of volunteers needed: 1-3
Application deadline: April 30, 2017

The Need: Working in collaboration with a tribal program, our goal is to send out Christian plumbers to help families as they transition from non-metered to metered water usage. These volunteer plumbers will teach and mentor families how to do basic maintenance and repairs of their household plumbing systems. The areas being served will have many people who need an invitation to a church community, so Kingdom Workers is looking for a plumber/lay missionary who will share their trade as well as the hope they have in Jesus. The volunteer will work together with a local plumber from the Whiteriver Lutheran Church. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and praise the Lord through plumbing.

Qualifications: Volunteers with some plumbing experience and a desire to share the Gospel required. Interest in building cross-cultural friendships and mentoring/teaching plumbing preferred.

FUNDRAISING: Volunteers desiring to serve on the Apache reservation have the option of fundraising 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.) 

Although optional, we ask the volunteer to consider fundraising a program fee of   $50 which is used to help off-set the development, promotion and volunteer support costs of this project.

  • HOUSING: A small apartment will be provided for volunteers at the East Fork Mission

    • FOOD: Volunteers will be asked to make many of their own meals but are invited to join a community meal on Friday night(s). 

      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.
       - Local mileage reimbursement is available for volunteers if needed

      *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)


All major tools and materials will be provided by the Tribal Utility Authority (TUA).

Suggested Items:
- Conservative clothing (t-shirt and longer shorts OK for outdoor work)
- Bug repellent
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Bible for personal devotions
- Hat (when working outside)
- Water bottle
- Work gloves 
- An extra fan
- Small kitchen items you can't live without (ex. food processor, tea kettle, muffin pan, etc.)
- Hand tools such as a hammer, nail belt, tape measure, speed square, utility knife with blades, bird's foot/cat's paw, and chalk line

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.  (John 4:13)

Anna Sherod

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 1:00 p.m. 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 time that you are 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.