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The Apache Lutheran Mission field is located in eastern Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and the San Carlos Reservation. Between the two reservations there are eight churches, one preaching station, and two Lutheran elementary schools. WELS has been serving the Apache nation in Arizona since 1893 and holds the honor of being the first world mission of WELS. Currently, the mission field includes four missionaries, one full-time native pastor, a director for the Apache Christian Training School program, two native elementary teachers, six non-native teachers, and one part-time volunteer evangelist. The Apache Lutheran churches are currently training future leaders for work as evangelists, teachers, and pastors through the Apache Christian Training School located at the East Fork Mission.
Apache Christian Training School: The school currently has about 100 students enrolled, with a handful of men enrolled in the pre-seminary program. Dan Rautenberg is serving as the director and professor. During the year, professors from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary visit the school to present seminars for the students.
Apache congregations: Congregations at East Fork, Canyon Day, Whiteriver, Peridot, San Carlos, Bylas, Cibecue, and McNary continue to be served by two WELS missionaries and one evangelist on the northern reservation and two WELS missionaries on the southern reservation. Each location continues to focus on building Christian leaders for the future long-term stability of the church.
Apache schools: East Fork and Peridot schools both have dedicated staffs of teachers who are sharing God's Word with about 80 students on the northern reservation and about 65 students on the southern reservation.
Baptized members: 3,257
Organized congregations: 8
Preaching stations: 1
National pastors: 1
Consider supporting this mission field with your prayers and your gifts.
Please pray for the students of the Apache Christian Training School; for the new youth ministry; and for Apache Christian families, that they stand firm in the face of increasing attacks from those mired in the darkness of traditional religion.
Read updates from the field as pastors train workers and share the gospel with the Apache people.
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