Ministry Update

They Need to Know - Jesus Died for All

They Need to Know - Jesus Died for All

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life.”

 That’s a message Native people need to hear every day, and it’s the work to which you and I have been called, whether or the front lines or in our communities.

Your gift to Lutheran Indian Ministries provides a message of human love from our ministry staff and, more importantly, supernatural love from the Creator God who made them Native, whose endless and unfaltering love is salvation for people of all colors and cultures.

who do you love?

who do you love?

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life.”

 That’s a message Native people need to hear every day, and it’s the work to which you and I have been called, whether or the front lines or in our communities.

Your gift to Lutheran Indian Ministries provides a message of human love from our ministry staff and, more importantly, supernatural love from the Creator God who made them Native, whose endless and unfaltering love is salvation for people of all colors and cultures.

Big & Bold New Year

Big & Bold New Year

My resolution this year for Lutheran Indian Ministries is big and bold and a little scary because it forces us to rely on God to do what only He can do – open hearts to Jesus. I pray we reach more Native people with the Gospel message than ever before. And I pray you will walk with us on this journey because your support of our ministry is critical to achieving our vision. Together, we can be Jesus’ hands and feet to our Native brothers and sisters.

Happy New Year from Navajo

Dear Friends in Christ,

Merry Christmas, or Blessed St. Stephen’s Day.

As a part of Christmas, for the last two years, we have had confirmation students pack and pass out boxes to elders in the community. This year we don’t have a confirmation class, but we do have young people in the church, and they still passed out boxes, sang carols, and prayed with senior citizens and their families.

passing out boxes to elderly in the navajo community tim norton lutheran indian ministries

At a time of year when it easy to lose sight of God’s gift to us in Christ, these young people put into practice Jesus’ words that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 19:35).

We had a wonderful group of 40 children that worshipped with us on Christmas Eve. Some came with their parents and others came on their own. Many of them returned from activties we had over the summer, like Vacation Bible School.

We had a Christmas program with Angels, Wise Men, and Shepherds. It was a great celebration of Christ’s birth, the good news of great joy for all people.

Earlier in the fall a church, who had previously visited, returned. Trinity Lutheran from Wahaiwa, HI came for 4 days and did devotions and crafts with the families at church. They also shared a little bit of Hawaiian culture with a hula and Hawaiian food.

In between the major events our days are filled with being a part of people’s everyday lives and showing them how God is present through it all. This includes going with them as they haul wood, sporting events (volleyball and basketball), Miss Navajo pageants, kinaldaa (coming of age ceremony for young women), and our main focus of worship and Bible study.

Two more people were baptized this past fall, and for that we praise God.

 

Please thank with us for:

  • The Group from Trinity Lutheran in Wahaiwa, HI and their visit.

  • The Children attending worship and V.B.S. that the seeds of faith would grow

  • The man and his daughter baptized in September.

Happy New Year!
The Norton Family

Gathering to give thanks

Gathering to give thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, one of the blessings that comes to my mind is you.

You are one of the most important blessings of this ministry! There are simply no words to express the fullness of my thanks to you for your prayers, your passion, and your generosity. You lift us up, encourage us, and sustain us in our outreach to our Native brothers and sisters.

This month, your gift can do twice the work!