Navajo nation is target of outreach

By July 4, 2007

USA (MNN) — America's under-reached people group is widely known to be the Native American Indians. This people group lives on land that extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles–an area larger than 10 of the 50 states in America.

And yet, despite its size, poverty remains a struggle. Tribes are striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever -ncreasing population that now surpasses 250,000. Because the needs are many and largely under-served, the door is open for new ministry.

Bible Pathway Ministries' Rita Guerra describes the ministry of an elderly woman in Arizona who recognizes the needs unique to the people who consider themselves among the "First Nation," the Navajos. "Indians come from all over, and they get food and clothing. She ministers to them because they come with their troubles, and they've got problems. So over the years, she's been ministering to them. And then every now and then, they'll have a revival on the reservation."

The woman they're supporting says the Navajo Nation has a spiritual thirst that's not easily slaked. In fact, Guerra says, "They always need Bibles. They need English Bibles and Navajo Bibles. The second shipment is just going out. We're sending a full skid of Navajo Bibles. We've taken some of the money that our supporters send in and bought these Bibles. So we're sending them Bibles, and the 'Best of Bible Pathways,' and we're also including clothing and blankets."

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