Learning to PrayTogether
This year has brought about many changes at the Mission School. There are now two wonderful schools that reside on the Navajo Lutheran Mission! One is a charter school that is operated and funded through the State of Arizona. The other is the Mission School, which gives religious education at the House of Prayer, for any student wishing to attend. Due to State Law, the two schools are separated.
The Navajo Concordia Charter School is doing exceptionally well! The Navajo teachers have taken on the Core Knowledge, Saxon Math, IXL Math and Reading Horizons this year. The teachers who have been here for three years are very positive about how well our students are doing. They are pleased with the progress of every student in the school. This year has been wonderful as a new Administrator, as I have never worked with such a hard working group of teachers! They don’t miss school unless there is a real problem. They push the students harder to reach higher. They love the changes and say to me all the time they wished they had this new curriculum three years ago. The whole staff has worked as a team for the betterment of our students. It is fantastic! Again, I cannot say enough how I appreciate the many of you who have made this possible.
On the light side: we have had Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine Parties as well as our annual NELM princess pageant. The students have gotten prizes and awards and we have held community dinners at these events because of your generous donations. We even baked sugar cookies this year and I found out many of our own staff had never made Christmas or Valentine cookies so all had a great time.
The House of Prayer and the Navajo Lutheran Mission have taken on the busing of students to and from our school as part of our ministries. Without the on-going generous support of the many people and churches, the two schools would be unable to survive. On the Navajo Nation, the distances alone create a number of problems. The busing cost alone is a heavy burden on the Mission-- just to get children to and from school. Now with rising gas prices the problem is just going to get worse. Many of our parents do not have cars, or the money to transport children to school. The school buses are so old they need to be taken out of use. I want to thank each of you that have sponsored children!
Without your donations, the Mission would be unable to provide the needed transportation.
Because of your support of the House of Prayer and the Mission school, our students are able to enjoy religious education and social and physical activities programs. This is where the Mission School together with the House of Prayer plays such an important part in the student’s life. It is through the Mission School our Kindergarteners receive ½ day of education. It is through your sponsorship programs that we can provide spiritual, physical and social stability to these young minds in our after school programs. Again, thank you so much for your gifts and contributions to the mission this year. Our Mission Partners are indeed making a difference in the lives of the Navajo people! Look through the pictures to see all the great things that are taking place. A picture is worth a thousand words.