Med/Pol Risk: Low risk
Challenge Level: Level 2
Dates: 6/22-29 Nespelem
Teams host VBS at the Community Center/Longhouse in Nespelem and Omak.
Opportunities include yard clean-up, home repairs and renovation, painting Tribal buildings and building woodsheds for the cold winters (many homes on the Reservation are heated by wood).
Teams visit homes in the community and may also host a womens bible study at the Community Center/Long house.
Teams may minister through music and crafts at a Convalescent Center or Senior Meal Center.
Teams can minister through music and Bible studies at the prison facilities in Nespelem and Okanogan.
Experience and Risk
1-junior high age and up; no language barriers; minimal cross-cultural setting; no missions experience required
2-junior high age and up; moderate language barriers; moderate cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
3-senior high age and up; some language barriers; challenging cross-cultural setting; missions experience helpful
4-adults (some mature senior high); increased language barriers; intense cross-cultural setting; missions experience required
L=LOW RISK (western country or major city in developing world)
I=INTERMEDIATE RISK (developing country, travel outside city)
S=SUBSTANTIAL RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, political unrest sometimes present, possible infectious disease)
H=HIGH RISK (few western amenities, marginal medical system, travel to remote areas, environmental extremes/altitude, heat, etc, infectious disease)
Pregnant women are not permitted to participate on projects rated as Intermediate, Substantial or High Risk.
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Nespelem & Omak, Washington
Colville is one of the largest reservations in the U.S. today and originally extended to the Canadian border. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is a sovereign nation, with a current population of 7,900 enrolled members. MTW teams are involved in the ground level work of establishing relationships of trust with the Colville people.
Short-term teams are involved in mercy ministry that ranges from yard clean-up and building woodsheds for the cold winters, to painting tribal buildings. VBS is held at Community Centers; music and craft programs are held at senior centers and prison facilities. One participant shared, "I saw God melt the heart of an elder and medicine man respected in the community as he opened up to receive our prayers and blessing."
Frequently Asked Questions
Nespelem & Omak: Teams are housed in the Community Center at Nespelem and the Longhouse at Omak. Accommodations are in large open spaces with the boys/men on one side and girls/ladies on the opposite side. Air mattresses and sleeping bags are recommended. Group showers and toilets are available in each facility.
Inchelium: Housing at Inchelium has not been determined at this point.
Yes, meals will be provided from arrival on Saturday evening through departure on the following Saturday morning. Possible exceptions may exist based on different arrival or departure times, also meals may not be provided for half-day off activities that are away from the group kitchen during the lunch or dinner meal.
Yes, although we are not able to provide separate, special meals, arrangements can be made with the cook for you to prepare the food you bring.
Teams may be divided up and in many cases be involved in both work projects and relational focused ministry. (Our desire is to make everything we do relational but some activities are by nature more relational than others). In many cases the activities will involve half-day work projects and half-day relational ministry. Ministry assignments will be determined based on need, and team leader’s assessment of your team’s gifts and skills.
Relational ministries vary but can include anything from vacation Bible school (VBS), sports camp, elder ministry, home visitation, community outreach, senior center outreach, nursing home ministry, music ministry, prison ministry, etc.
Many people like to bring their own tools; however for most of the jobs we will have available the tools needed for the projects. In most cases the materials you need to complete the jobs are provided and will be on site. (VBS materials are not provided and typically are carried with the teams or purchased locally by the teams).
No, but helpful. In most cases returning teams and associate staff provide the experience necessary to manage projects closely and train new teams. It is recommended that all new teams attend the Project Orientation Trip (POT). Training and planning information will be presented during the trip in order to better prepare each team for the mission project. Most if not all returning team leaders and associate staff attend the POT each year.
Possibly, depending on the nature of the disability and the housing facility, we will gladly discuss this in more detail with anyone interested on a site-specific basis.
We have churches in the area and discuss the worship options during POT. Teams can choose to worship at one of the local churches, or we can arrange to worship together on the reservation as a group. (We also have team devotionals nightly).
The week begins on the arrival Saturday at 6:00 P.M. with supper, followed by an orientation meeting. On the departure Saturday, we ask that teams depart by 8:00 A.M. (We can generally make arrangements for either earlier or later times if necessary).
We strongly recommend that new teams attend the POT planning and training sessions where they will receive information about the area, cross cultural missions, and plan their mission week. (Additional resources will be included in the team leader materials and a team devotional will be provided).
Recommended for high school students and older. Some mature junior high students may be included. We encourage those attending to be grounded in their faith as the reservation is a spiritually dark area.
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MTW Native American Mission Statement:
MTW seeks to walk with Indigenous peoples of the Americas, wherever they are found, growing together in the grace of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to ministry that flows through long-term, interdependent relationships. We realize that trust is key and that we have much to learn from each other. By reaching future generations, respecting the tribe, and focusing on the development of leadership, we hope to:
• Present a credible, trusted witness
• Encourage one another in the paths of discipleship
• Strengthen existing churches
• Start new churches whenever appropriate