Prayers for Jasper and the Entire Reservation
As I am writing you, we are still praying over the latest news from our corner of the reservation. Without a dedicated news station covering events in this area…or really any area of the reservation, word of mouth serves to notify us of local events. This is how we came to find out about our friend, Jasper. A lady in our Bible study called last week, with some very troubling news.
You may remember Jasper from ATGO’s previous newsletter. We met him at our second health fair. A Vietnam Veteran, who lived on a tight budget, he had come the day of the fair looking for a hot meal. Normally, there is a senior citizen group that would have been at the Chapter House handing out meals on Sundays, except that Sunday, we were there holding a health fair for the community. Little did Jasper know then that not only would he find a hot meal (we took him out to eat after the event that day) but he would also find the bread of life, that never stops feeding us. Jasper gave his life to the Lord during a Bible study following that very health fair.
However, today, Jasper is battling for his life. The news we received was that Jasper had been brutally attacked by several men while walking home one night, and was flown to a hospital off the reservation for critical care. Sadly, Jasper to our knowledge, didn’t have many people who cared for him, or kept up with his whereabouts, so we began praying: “Lord, help us find our friend, and find out how is he doing.” After praying for direction, we were able to find out he had a sister who did keep contact with him. After locating her and getting in touch, we found out that things were worse than what we had thought, but that there was hope since he was still alive.
Due to Jasper’s injuries doctors had to amputate his arm. Jasper was on life support and slipping in and out of consciousness for over 15 days; now he is finally in somewhat stable condition. It turned out that the attack was several weeks ago, but news didn't reach us till last week. We don’t yet know the outcome for Jasper, but are praying fervently for God’s will in Jasper’s life, especially in these very dark moments. He could desperately use your prayers as well.
The news of our friend is weighing heavily on our hearts, and has made us feel an urgency to send this message to you as soon as possible.
Our urgency comes because this last turn of events in Jasper’s life is only part of his story…Jasper was on the verge of having an interview with the VA’s office to see if he would be a candidate for their alcohol recovery program. It seemed he was finally ready to turn from his old ways and begin a new life. Though, months earlier he had given his life to the Lord, he was still battling the demon of alcoholism; and it controlled him. It controlled Jasper the same way it is controlling thousands more here on the reservation.
This is why we need your help. We have opportunities to partner with groups who can help men and women just like Jasper who are struggling with various challenges, including alcoholism; but we can’t do it alone. Below, we are sharing some of the ways in which you can partner with ATGO to help bring healing to the people on the Navajo Reservation. Thank you in advance for your prayers for Jasper and for ATGO’s continuing outreach on the reservation. With Christ's love, Tony and Darah Varga
Our Biggest Need to Help Meet The Needs on the Reservation
Empty property where we hope to build a church and possibly other facilities for outreach. Property located directly beside the hotel where the church temporarily meets each week.
We don’t always see as God sees. Hebrews 12:2 tells us Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. With this knowledge, we are humbled. He knows our beginning from the end, and our needs before we know them. That being said, we have had a sense that one of our pressing needs right now is to develop the land that God has blessed us with here in the Navajo Nation’s capital. But, believing that God knows best, we continue to lay it in His hands for His will to be done.
With this land, we envision a place where we could hold worship services first and foremost, but could also hold J.A. meetings for men like Jasper, (Jesus And Me, a Biblical Alcohol recovery program that is bearing spiritual fruits in other areas of the reservation. We would very much like to see our friend Don Krimmer start meetings here too), healthy cooking classes (which we have put on hold until we have a better facility), outreach events such as our bi-annual health fairs, and last but, nearest to our hearts, a training facility where the three angels message could be taught to local lay people, who could in turn go throughout the reservation spreading the Good News; church planting and sharing the Everlasting Gospel!
The realities of this land being developed are becoming more and more real. You may remember we had 150 logs donated for this effort, and soon we will have two mission groups coming this summer to help clear the land. But as of yet, we still need to have the land surveyed for site boundaries and to get a plan drawn up for the development of the site. We are praying for the funding to move forward in these areas.
The truth is we feel small, and unequipped to minister to the many needs here on the reservation…but this is when we rest in God’s abilities, not our own. We also know that alone, not much is accomplished but through many hands the work is made lighter. Will you help us see this dream for the Navajo people become a reality?
Donations for Site Planning, and Preparation (Surveys, land clearing and leveling, power line placement, water and sewage)
Donations for Training Facility/Church Building and a parking lot
Someone skilled in site planning who could help us develop a plan for the land
People with building skills
Support can be mailed to: ATGO Ministries PO Box 3173 Window Rock, AZ, 86515 You can also contact us via email: email@example.com or call 928-275-3180. You Can Also Now Donate Online at: www.ATGOministries.org!
The Blessing of Missions
This past month we were blessed to have a group of high school students, teachers and parents come out to help us from Weimar Academy in California. The group traveled by bus to Holbrook, AZ to serve at the Holbrook Indian School, then on Sunday came up to our part of the reservation to help us hold a health fair in Ft. Defiance, AZ. What a huge blessing the extra hands and hearts were to the people (and us!) of Ft. Defiance!
This was our third health fair in the area. We were able to minister to the people through doctors consults, healthy living messages and booths, diabetes care, blood glucose checks, free massage and so much more. Our friend, Don Krimmer came out with Malcolm Jose to talk with people about alcohol recovery and gather names for a possible Window Rock chapter of their alcohol recovery group: JA (Jesus And Me). We are praying that if the Lord opens the way they will be able to come and minister to the hurting men and women, like Jasper, in our area.
We could also use your prayers for Malcolm. He is a local Navajo man from the Cottonwood Springs area of the reservation, and a newly converted soul. He will soon be attending the four month Amazing Facts Evangelism program…please help us pray for his future ministry and influence on the reservation. We believe God has big things in store for him!
Without the willing help of the students and staff from Weimar and all the volunteers who graciously gave of their time to come out and help, (many traveling from long distances to serve) we wouldn't be able to hold these health fairs. As one local woman who attended said “This is such a gift to the community here, I cant thank your group enough for taking the time to do this for the community….and when are you coming again?”
There's Always That Question This is also our question after every outreach: health fairs, cooking classes, and flea market sharing days. “When we will be able to do this again.” The answer is only through much prayer, that we are able to continue this outreach on the reservation. And for those who are willing to help, you are always a huge answer to those prayers!
We are very grateful to the Weimar students and staff, and all our volunteers who answered God’s call on their hearts to help this past month. To each of you who give of your time or talents, you may not know till heaven what your efforts mean to someone else, but God tells us to “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
We continue to trust that if God is calling us to this work, that He will supply the stamina and true love to keep going until He tells us “well done, though good and faithful servants.” (Matthew 25:23) We do not work to share the Good News with others for our own reward (none of us will ever be worthy of heaven's blessings on our own merits), but because Christ first loved us, and for all He has done for us-- it is an honor to help lead others to know Him! We pray this for you as well, that wherever your sphere of influence for God is; do not give up! But, continue to submit in prayer; and trust that “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus!” Philippians 4:19
Pictured above: Volunteers after our last health fair. (Top 6 photos from top to bottom, right to left:) Don Krimmer helping a young Navajo boy see what it is like to be disoriented from alcohol and try to walk a straight line: young boy wearing our "Alcohol Goggles;" Nancy Wolcott and Soren from Weimar, helping a woman with dietary concerns at the Nutrition Booth; Merwin Stigee; a volunteer from 2 1/2 hours south of Window Rock, donates his time (along with his wife who also volunteered, Dr. Joyce Stigee) at the Depression Recovery Booth to speak with participants about ways to overcome depression; Antonia Frias (a local ATGO volunteer) and Weimar student are helping to prepare the volunteer potluck during the event; Anna Christianson and one of the Weimar students helping a lady as she gets assessed at the exercise booth; and Gina and Pastor Ludy Mahinay await their first participant at the massage booth (a highlight of each health fair for our participants!)
Jackson is continuing his mission efforts by creating handmade hats and soaps. He sells his soaps to help raise money for ongoing outreach efforts here on the reservation. If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing soaps for a special group event, as a gift, or individually, please contact us!
SUNNY TAILS RESCUE: Over 35 dogs rescued so far! Still the numbers on the reservation for stray dogs is astounding...We are in need of ongoing support to help with transport costs, feeding rescues before transport and a few more cages to keep the program going, if you would like to support these efforts please contact us! The amount of strays we take in tends to increase as Spring approaches and especially during the summer months!
Last year we finished a billboard to share Gospel messages and outreach event banners at our Sister church in Gallup, NM. Will you help us pray for the funds (about $3000 for the entire construction of the Billboard) and helping hands to build a similar one on our church property in Window Rock? It would be a huge blessing to be able to get a sign up prior to our Evangelism Tent Meetings in June of this summer!
To share the message of salvation with Native people groups using health outreach aimed at improving physical and emotional wellbeing.
To help Native people groups know Jesus by teaching from the Word of God.
To equip indigenous peoples to reach their own with the Gospel and to prepare them for Jesus' second coming.
Ministry Praises, Prayer Requests & Needs
Two ladies coming to Bible Study are eagerly learning more of God’s truths, and sharing with their friends and family the exciting things they are learning in the Bible!
From one of the ladies attending Bible study with ATGO: “I feel like I had scales on my eyes before you began teaching me from the Bible! I get so excited every time I come to Bible study and learn new things I never knew!”
And we couldn’t be more excited to share! Though at times the process of sharing the Good News found in God’s Word can seem slow, it is exciting to see when hearts change and souls are converted to honoring God’s Word completely!
NEEDS & PRAYER REQUESTS:
A permanent church building where our growing church group can worship.
Replenishing our sharing materials: if you would like to support the ongoing publication part of the ministry please let us know.
Mission-minded volunteers are needed for future building projects (church property needs fencing, a sign, a building to meet in, and leveling to prepare the land for building) and an evangelism series and kid's outreach in the summer this year (June 23-July 23).
Funding Needed for Church building / Training Facility & possible Radio Tower.
How To Donate: would you like to help us keep this outreach going? You can donate towards any of our current needs. All donations received will be used towards our most pressing needs in the order God is leading us to fulfill them. There are no overhead ministry costs, as we all work on a volunteer basis. We are hoping to apply to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit soon. However, we are able to provide tax deductible receipts for many donations, contact us directly if you need a receipt for tax purposes on your donation. Support can be mailed to: ATGO Ministries PO Box 3173 Window Rock, AZ, 86515 You can also contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-275-3180.
You Can Also Donate Online: www.ATGOministries.org!