Ahxéhee’ (thank you)         PDF Download

February 29, 2016

With deep gratitude, the entire community of Rock Point recognizes that you, our donors and friends, are the backbone of Navajo Lutheran Mission. The Mission’s church, school, clinic, and cultural center are appreciated and essential partners in sustaining a healthy and vitalized community. Your financial support makes possible the programs and opportunities that build capacity for the Navajo people, insuring their spiritual and material needs are the focus of our ministry.

I’m sure you have noticed the effort the Mission is placing on new priorities and goals derived from participation with the Navajo people. We are partnering with Navajo Nation officials, Rock Point Chapter and local business persons, assisting them to create a whole and productive future for the families that call Rock Point home.

Throughout the past year I have been meeting with parents, congregational ambassadors, community leaders, elders and outside professionals, which has drawn the spotlight on key goals for community development:

• Abuse and addiction services

• Teen and young adult activities and training programs

• A fully licensed and operational tele-medicine clinic and EMT substation on the Mission campus

• Hozho Marketplace - a food coop, including distribution of donated food, family nutrition and cooking classes, and locally resourced foods

• Teams of skilled volunteers to work with local coordinators to make needed repairs to residences or build small hogans for the elderly

• Business training and support for women entrepreneurs and local artisans to develop online presence, marketing, and production capacity

• Completion of the Cultural Center as a site for cultural sharing and community activity

The Cultural Center project is well underway. Check out the new Sweat Lodge! Through the generosity of Shepherd of the Desert in Sun City, AZ, this traditional structure and the accompanying Shade Shelter and Hogan evidence the Mission’s commitment to learning and sharing Navajo spiritual­ity and traditions. Demonstrating their ongoing partnership, Shepherd of the Desert’s Foundation has provided an additional matching grant challenge of up to $7000. They will match one dollar for every dollar you contribute. That means your $25 donation will become a $50 benefit to the Mission. You can’t beat that!

All of the opportunities I’ve mentioned reach deep into the community - and they require infrastructure and funding - just under $100,000 new dollars in 2016. To accomplish our goals will enable the Mission to assert its role as a trustworthy employer by adding a person or two to the gainfully employed of Rock Point, local crafts-persons can be paid for their skill and coordination of volunteers and projects, and the roadblocks will give way to collaboration and relationship with the Navajo Nation, Rock Point Chapter, and local youth, parents, and grandparents.

And...reaching into the community is just half of what it means to be a working Mission. To facilitate our own internal day-to-day operation, train and support our excellent staff, maintain the buildings and grounds, complete

a new playground and parking lot...the list is too long to manage without the dedicated financial commitment of every one of the individuals, congregations, foundations, ELCA and Grand Canyon Synod, grant agencies, govern­ment programs, and student scholarships providers who partner with us to carry forward the Mission’s 60+ year legacy of love for the Navajo people long into the future.

Let me introduce you to Oscar. This young man exemplifies the bright spirits and vivid dreams of the Navajo students and their parents that depend on the Mission school. For our part, The NCPA Education Advisory Team is working with me, Principal Begay and the Board of Directors to monitor curriculum, salaries, teacher accreditation, well­ness, nutrition, and funding. None of it can be accomplished without your financial support. Each student attends on a full-tuition scholarship made possible by donors, either through direct donation to the Mission or through the Arizona Christian School Tax Organization.

One last thing: Many ask about our need for tangible donations like furniture or equip­ment. We welcome these gifts when there is request for them at the Mission or in the community. Because our utility vehicles and staff are committed to Mission business on a daily basis, it is not always possible for us to pick up larger items. I would encourage you to make the trip yourself if possible. The scenery is beautiful and you can person­ally receive the return gift of Navajo gratitude. Please call me to discuss your ideas and delivery options. Our current list includes:

Studio Upright Classroom-grade piano: tunable and in working order, delivered (Because the instrument will be frequently moved between buildings on a dolly, we cannot accept spinets or fragile cabinetry)

Matching Sofa/Chair combination: clean, durable fabric, delivered.

Dining chairs: sturdy construction, no fabric, sets of 4, 6, or 8

F250 or 2500 series long-bed or flat-bed truck - think about making a tax deductible contribution to the Mission before trading in that vehicle! You would make our maintenance team very happy!

Shop equipment: table saw, rotor-hammer, skill saw, chop saw, drill press, sander and sand paper, battery powered heavy duty drill, wood and metal drill bit set

With your prayers, expertise, volunteer hours, and the commitment of your dollar resources to these specific needs, 2016 can be a pivotal year for the Mission and community.

Please remember that your donation to the Mission is tax deductible. Your gift can include cash, legacy gifts, dis­tributions from Charitable Trusts, and appreciated stock. Feel free to call me at anytime to discuss the options that will work for you.

With gratitude,

Kate Adelman, Executive Director

Navajo Lutheran Mission Center for Development

development@nelm.org 480-694-5197 cell 928-659-4201 office

P.S. Navajo Lutheran Mission Board of Directors: Chair Alice Natale, Todd Tande, Thomas Hoehner, Roger Benally (Navajo), and Peter Rose-Kamprath, Cheralina James (Navajo), Bobby Yazzie (Navajo), Marilyn Kinne, Richard Wolf, and George Keiser.