The On Eagles’ Wings’ discipleship conference for Native American young people transforms lives and brings hope. This year, that’s still going to happen—just not in person. Ron Hutchcraft explains how the ministry thought through this difficult decision.
“It was impossible to bring all these young men and women together responsibly, safely, and maybe even legally. It was a heart-wrenching decision, but then we just said, ‘Okay, Lord, you’ve closed the door, but the mission hasn’t changed. How can we do this?’ As many churches have discovered, our one way to put it within [the young peoples’] reach would be online.”
“This year, instead of [young people] coming to Warrior Leadership Summit, Warrior Leadership Summit is coming to [them].”
Hutchcraft says many of the young people attending virtually from June 29 to July 3 will still be able to experience the connectivity and community that is key for engagement.
“Many of the leaders on reservations who bring young people to Warrior Leadership Summit have organized to have their group together wherever the reservations are open enough to do that right now,” he explains. “That’s most of them at this point.”
For five nights, young people will watch a 45-minute presentation, including a welcome, worship, and message. Attendees will still receive a kit that includes items such as a conference T-shirt, worship music CD, and even snacks. Hutchcraft says that the messages each night will cover major life topics that have a huge impact on these young peoples’ lives.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
CALL TO ACTION
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