The summer Bible school mission trip is one of the two anchor trips in Navajo Missions support of the work being done by our full time missionaries. On this trip relationships are made and strengthened with Navajo people and solid Bible teaching is accomplished all in a fun and active week of Bible school. At the end of the Bible school week a full report of contacts and decisions made are provided to the missionaries for follow-up after the mission team leaves the Reservation.
The 10-day trip takes place in June each year. Short term missionaries, churches and individuals, come together from other states for a week long Bible school. The Bible school is for all ages, preschool through adult. Besides Bible school teaching team members there are places of service for assembly leaders, puppet team members, skit team members, recreation team members, Bible school food team members and van drivers and assistants to transport students to and from classes. There may also be some preaching opportunities and there will be an evangelism team formed for reaching out to the community during the week.
The full cost of the trip includes meals while on the Reservation, transportation cost and travel lodging. Transportation is available on a Navajo Missions sponsored van to anyone involved in the trip however individuals and church groups may make their own transportation and travel lodging arrangements which would reduce the amount due to Navajo Missions.
Our curriculum for adults and children is based on a large puzzle which will aid in telling the story of Creator God whose name is Yahweh and will lead the Navajo through the story of the fall of Man to Jesus and the coming Kingdom. Teachers, the puzzles for teaching will be provided for you along with laminated scripture cards shown on the video. If you want to use other scriptures to teach, you will need to make those cards for yourself. You must print the pdf of your lesson and it must be prepared beforehand along with any other props. On the video below Keith Stubblefield demonstrates how to use the puzzle. Teachers, it is okay for you to customize the teaching through the puzzle as you see fit. However, please use the puzzle in its entirety and teach the concept of Creator God-Coming Kingdom with a great emphasis on Jesus being the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy as the Messiah.
This is required for every missionary. In Acts 9 after Saul’s conversion when he regained his eyesight it says he immediately went to the Synagogue in Damascus and began to ‘prove’ that Jesus was the Christ. If we ask the question HOW did he prove that Jesus was the Christ we see he had two things in his arsenal 1)scripture 2)his personal story of conversion. A well equipped missionary will be prepared with these same things. Through our teaching the Navajo people will be presented the scriptures and God’s Plan but we must also be ready to give a reason ‘for the hope that is in us’. No one can disprove what the scriptures say or discount your own story. Your testimony should be able to be given in 3 - 4 minutes. It does not need to be longer. Be transparent. Everyone has experienced “brokenness” in their life and the Navajo people need to realize we don’t have an “easy life.”
Download this PDF of the Personal Testimony Guidelines and begin to the process of writing down your own story this way:
- Start with an outline
- Fill in facts
- Add stories that illustrate those facts
- Complete your personal story in written form in a flow that is continuous
- Check your story with the provided guidelines on the PDF - making adjustments to language or wording you use - don’t use ‘churchy’ words
- Practice giving your story verbally
- Find someone who will listen and critique against the guidelines on the PDF
- Make necessary adjustments
- Rewrite with those adjustments
- Email final draft to Keith Stubblefield at firstname.lastname@example.org