Native American Ministries Sunday to support Northern Cheyenne fire project

March 07, 2016
Story and photos submitted by Laurie Day
Assistant Director of Mission & Ministry

The Rocky Mountain Conference continues to partner with the Northern Cheyenne community to build up their fire protection. Hearing of the destruction caused by fires on the Northern Cheyenne reservation and their challenges of weather and distances, last year’s Annual Conference session pledged to buy a fire engine and partner with the Northern Cheyenne to enhance their fire protection infrastructure.

April 10, 2016 is Native American Ministries Sunday, one of the six United Methodist special Sundays with offerings. One half of the offering is sent to the general United Methodist Church to equip and empower Native American pastors, congregations and seminary students and one half of the offering is used to support the Rocky Mountain Conference’s initiatives with Native Americans. This year’s Rocky Mountain Conference Native American Ministries Sunday offering will help support the Northern Cheyenne Fire Protection project.

The purchase of the fire engine was the beginning of an intentional long-term relationship based on education, volunteering, and mutual sharing. The Rocky Mountain Conference, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana have joined together in this partnership. Plans are developing for Volunteers In Mission teams to build fire garages and rehabilitate houses in 2016 and 2017, and for educational immersion opportunities in the summer of 2017. Your generous gifts on Native American Ministries Sunday will help support these projects.

In the weeks leading up to Native American Ministries Sunday on April 10, we will share more stories and information about educational immersion opportunities, Volunteers In Mission teams, and how children, youth, and adults can be involved.