Exploratory trip to Navajoland

Imagine stepping back in history--way back to a time before Christ. That's what a visit to Navajoland is about.

navajoteamapril2018.jpgOur team of two clergymen, one deacon, and five lay people (experts in their own fields) just returned from exploring this ancient site, completing our first visit to the area in early April 2018. We were delighted at the warm welcome we received from the Navajos. (They posted on their Facebook page that they had just had dinner with their "new friends" from West Texas.)

Navajoland includes 27,000 contiguous miles stretching over Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah with breathtaking vistas of canyons, plateaus, rivers, and forest. The Episcopal Church in Navajoland has nine mission churches spread over the region along with house churches.

Bishop Dave Bailey has a long-time connection with the Navajos and has presented us with his priorities for the sustainability of the ministry there, the top priority being a Wellness Center located in an historic hospital on the reservation. The second priority is education of clergy, many of whom have had no opportunity to attend seminary but who would benefit from ongoing clergy education. The third priority, socialization, would bring together isolated clergy (remember, Navajo Nation covers four states) to share ideas and to encourage one another.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Open hearts and minds will find that the Navajo Experience is one of a rich culture, a vibrant nation of artists, a geographic wonder, and a place to connect.

Submitted by Dr. Marthe Curry.

Photo of team members: Back left to right - the Rev. David Chalk, Dr. Marthe Curry, the Rev. Jim Kee-Rees, and Jack Robertson; front left to right - Maria Cavazos, Libby Templeton, Jeanne Loggie, and Brenda Kingery

Support our mission in Navajoland with a fun night of Top Golf!

World Mission needs you ... and five of your closest friends to come and play Top Golf. The World Mission Top Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, May 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Top Golf in San Antonio. Get a team together and come join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction (fabulous items from mission countries), and lots of "friendly competition." The cost to play is $100 per player, and $600 for a bay (team of 6). All proceeds benefit the new ministry in Navajoland where the needs are great. With questions, contact Marthe Curry at 210-824-5387.