USA (MNN) — If you’ve ever been involved in youth ministry, you know how powerfully God can move through an event like summer camp. That’s the idea behind Warrior Leadership Summit.
On Eagles’ Wings hosts the annual summer conference for Native young people from 15 to 30 years old. It’s a week of fun games, fantastic music, and much more.
“It’s a chance for Native young people to come together, find hope, find healing, and a lot of them even choose Jesus for the first time that week,” On Eagles’ Wings Director Brad Hutchcraft says.
On Eagles’ Wings, a division of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, empowers Native Christians to reach their peers for Christ. “We want them (Native youth) to see they’re not alone in trying to stand for the right things, for Jesus,” Hutchcraft says.
“The comment we hear more than anything is ‘When I came to Warrior Leadership Summit, I realized I’m not alone.’”
“Donate to On Eagle’s Wings, any gift amount, and we will send you the audio CD Stronger by Warrior Worship. It features some Native voices; Native people have been involved in writing the songs,” Hutchcraft says.
“They (Native youth) helped write some of the worship songs we sing at Warrior Leadership Summit. They’re learning how to use their talents to serve and praise Jesus.”
Five days, forever changed
Next week, Native American and First Nations youth will come to Illinois for the five-day conference; some hail from places as far as Alaska or Newfoundland. The experience is worth the effort to get there.
“We work with Native ministry leaders across the country, and we get some deep teaching from the Word of God,” Hutchcraft says.
“We get to see a lot of Native teachers pour into the next generation.”
Pray Native young people who do not know Christ will meet Him in a personal way. Pray they will find the strength and hope they need to overcome difficult circumstances.
“As a whole, Native America has the highest rates of some of the harsher statistics, as far as suicide, abuse, and everything else,” Hutchcraft says.
Ask the Lord to encourage Native Christians who attend Warrior Leadership Summit and give them a new sense of calling.
Header image courtesy of On Eagles’ Wings/Ron Hutchcraft Ministries.