When you step into any community on the Apache Reservation, you're immediately embraced with open arms, nourishing food, and contagious laughter. These close-knit communities thrive on the strength of their families and connections formed through church, school, work, and neighboring relationships.
A group of students from Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School went beyond fixing a porch and impacted a life in ways they never expected. Follow their journey as they demonstrate the true meaning of being a disciple of Christ, spreading love, and sharing their faith with their neighbor, Ragini. This heartwarming story will inspire you to build relationships, show compassion, and make a positive impact on the world around you. Read on to learn more about how the Kingdom Prep students are being equipped to become Christian leaders, and how their efforts are making a difference in their community.
Every season has its unique sight, sounds, and smells. In Wisconsin cooler weather and pumpkin pie mean fall. The smell of sunscreen and lake water mean summer is here. For teachers, it’s the sound of children filling the hallways on the first day of school that ushers in the start to another year.
And while most teachers begin that first day of school with a drive to work, teachers at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Peridot, Arizona have a much shorter commute. Just a short walk up the hill. This is because working in Peridot means living on campus. Seventh and eighth grade teacher Chris Mundstock explains why, “Because we are guests on the Apache reservation, we are not able to live anywhere else but here on campus.”
It’s 5:00 am. A blaring alarm clock shakes Kenny from his sleep. It is completely dark outside, the only light pools on the ground underneath yellow street lamps. Kenny knows that pulling the sheets back and getting ready for the day means embracing the cool chill of early fall. But as much as he wants sleep, he also is determined and motivated to get the day going.
For decades, Builders For Christ volunteers have used their construction skills to bless churches and schools here in the United States and abroad. Meanwhile, our Build Up: Mentoring Teens in Trades program is only a few months old. Teens in this program have little to no construction knowledge and want to establish a better life for themselves.
As Builders For Christ (BFC) volunteers help Build Up program participants gain valuable construction skills, participants from Build Up will in turn be able to help with BFC projects. While something like this might sound idealistic, I’ve seen that it’s possible.