Nihitaa Binaanish volunteers made individual hand sanitizer containers for community distribution from quart and gallon portions donated by Operation Bandana White Rock Presbyterian Church.
These days, people coming to House of Fellowship to pick up food are also asking for cleaning supplies too. Usually the sanitizers and cleaning products are not available or too expensive because of price gouging by merchants in Gallup. Between predetory loans and disrespect, this border town is known for its indifference to the welfare of Native People and only the aquisition of the millions of dollars Navajos and Zunis add to the local economy. This pandemic has shed a light on the inequities and racism endured by the Diné.
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
Previous delivery to Navajo Nation by NM National Guard and Operation Bandana New Mexico.
Nihitaa'Binaanish is preparing to partner up with other organizations to distribute food and supplies to our its neighbors. One of NB's partners is White Rock Presbyterian Church and here is a letter from Nihitaa' Binannish's board member, Jennifer detailing the plans.
On Wednesday, July 15, Nihitaa' Binaanish will be partnering with the NM National Guard, Operation Bandana, White Rock Presbyterian Church and Roadrunner Food Bank to deliver food staples, water, fresh fruits and vegetables and cleaning/hygiene supplies to our neighbors in the Bread Springs and Ch'chi'ltah areas south of Gallup.
All your prayers, support, ice chests, donations, masks and good thoughts will go with us. Ahe'hee, thank you!
Please pray that all the logistics work out well and that all remain healthy and safe. Most of all, pray that Christ's love will be known to all whom we serve and who serve us.
We have a cadre of local volunteers and we are ready with traffic control measures and safety protocols which adhere to the Navajo Nation Public Health Orders. https://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19
All activity will be outdoors; all will be required to wear masks, gloves and practice social distancing. Recipients will stay in their vehicles while volunteers load items in their trunk or bed of pickup.
President and Vice President, Fred and Lorraine will deliver boxes to elderly, compromised or quarantined community members.
We will be ready to pray with anyone who asks for prayers.
Thank you for all your interest and support. May God guide us.
Jennifer and Ken Holmes
White Rock Presbyterian Church
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Masaani and Chei, Diné Grandma and Grandpa are thankful for a recent NB delivery of fresh fruits , vegetables, staples, masks, household cleaners and hand sanitizer .