For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.
1 Corinthians 3:9
Nihitaa’ Binaanishi Distributes Food and Hygiene Supplies to over 150 families
Nihitaa’ Binaanish, Our Father’s Business partnered with White Rock Presbyterian Church, Operation Bandana NM, Road Runner Food Bank and the New Mexico National Guard to distribute much needed food and supplies to local families in the Bread Springs/Ch’ich’il tah areas south of Gallup on Wednesday, July 15. This area is still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. (Three local families had loved one pass away just last week.)
This collaboration stands on the foundation of enduring support by the body of Christ at Navajo House of Fellowship and White Rock Presbyterian Church.
The five New Mexico National Guard trucks (including one with a forklift) roared onto the parking lot of Ch’ich’il tah Chapter and unloaded pallets of fresh produce, food staples, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and even art kits from the Georgia O’Keefe Museum! Fred and Lorraine Thomas and three other volunteers helped reload the items onto their trailers and headed back up highway 602 to House of Fellowship where there was a long line of cars waiting. God provided a cloudy day as volunteers scrambled to organize the items for distribution while recipients waited patiently in their vehicles.
Thirteen local volunteers from House of Fellowship and two from White Rock Presbyterian Church had set up traffic control and signs, reminding all of the Navajo Nation Health protocols. Volunteers passed out water and snacks to visitors. Several of the volunteers were Covid-19 survivors. It was uplifting to see so many of the House of Fellowship church community (including a number of teenagers) come out to serve their community! They worked throughout the day, loading up people’s vehicles and greeting one another through cracked car windows.
When they ran out of food by late afternoon they started giving away the snacks reserved for the volunteers, then they gave away the ice chests and baby items donated by WRPC and friends. EVERYTHING was gone by sundown!
After cleaning up, volunteers went 30 minutes into Gallup, bought pizza for all, then hurried back to the church for fellowship and reflection before the nightly Navajo Nation curfew set in.
“Even though we have not been having worship services, the church is serving our people in the name of Jesus,” commented one weary volunteer.
Yes, the church has left the building!
by Jennifer Holmes