Navajo Lutheran Mission
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
Navajo Lutheran Mission of Rockpoint, AZ was developed more than 50 years ago in a remote area of Arizona, near the Four Corners. Lutheran missionaries leased 5 acres of land to build a medical center, mechanic shop, radio station, and Christian boarding school. Today the village of Rock Point consists of a handful of businesses, a wellness center, senior center, and the Navajo Lutheran Mission—an ELCA congregation and private Christian school. The businesses and organizations of Rockpoint serve approximately 3,000 people living on the land in family clans.
The charter school, The Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School, serves around 70 kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. “Through the generous support and donations of Christians from all denominations, the Mission School is able to provide children with educational opportunities that complement the classroom curriculum.
When possible, upon registration, each child receives a backpack containing school supplies (including notebook paper, pencils, glue, and crayons) and a personal hygiene kit (including a bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a hand towel). The students often live in areas with limited to no access to electricity and/or water. The Mission addresses this need by providing showers for student use throughout the school year.” (www.nelm.org)
Hosanna Lutheran Church mission board has designated a portion of our 10% mission gift to Navajo Lutheran Mission. In addition, Roger & Claire Bock, who have been involved the Navajo Lutheran Mission since the 1960s, collect General Mills box tops and Campbell soup labels at Hosanna. The box top collection has allowed NLM to purchase school supplies and books for the school. The Campbell soup labels have enabled NLM to purchase seven 15-passenger vans to transport students to and from school.
If you would like to donate GM box tops or Campbell soup labels, a donation box is located in the front entry at Hosanna. Monetary donations are also accepted and can also be made directly through the Navajo Lutheran Mission website, http://www.nelm.org/.
For more about Navajo Lutheran Mission, please contact the Roger and Claire Bock at 507-388-4917 or firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the NLM website!