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On the Reservation: From Desolate Spaces to Heavenly Places

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Photo: Dry desert landscape typifies much of the Navajo Reservation, on which the Church of God has an outreach at Klagetoh, Arizona.

By Carl Stagner

Time, drought, and poverty have caked layers of dust and grime between a toddler’s bruised and blistered toes. The boy’s father, unemployed for five years, is draped across a tear-stained sofa, too hung over to care. Across the mother’s wrinkled face, a blank stare speaks volumes. This is desolation on the reservation in America. Widespread addiction, abuse, and apathy have afflicted much of the Native American society. In Jesus Christ, hurt is met with hope and healing. Through the Church of God, renewed efforts are underway to take the hope of Jesus Christ to the often forgotten far reaches of our land. Great strides toward strengthening existing ministry and inspiring new outreach were made in January when leaders of the American Indian Council and devoted friends of Native American Ministries met together in Rapid City, South Dakota. Continue reading