FIS Chaplaincy has teamed up with On Eagles' Wings to attend Warrior Leadership Summit (WLS), a summer camp experience for Native American and First Nations young people from all over North America.
WLS attendees have the opportunity to:
Be part of large group praise and teaching sessions called Warrior Circles;
Attend seminars and workshops on specific issues related to Native American and First Nations people called Battle Councils;
Network and build relationships in a Christian environment with other Native American and First Nations young people;
Have fun through daily recreation times where various athletic tournaments are held including basketball, softball, volleyball, and floor hockey as well as late night activities;
Speak with trained counselors who can help in dealing with various life issues; and
Hear from respected Native American Christian elders and learn from their stories of hope and faith in Jesus Christ.
With your contribution, current and former Flandreau Indian School students (ages 16-30) have another opportunity to encounter the hope and love of Christ at this life-changing event and develop a deeper understanding of their culture and faith.
Here are the details...
Warrior Leadership Summit is held June 28-July 3, 2014 in Missouri. We have 23 individuals ready to attend camp, coming from nine states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin) representing 12 tribes.
Camp registration is $25. Travel costs will vary with each individual depending on where they live and how we will be able to get them to camp.
TOTAL COST is $225 per person.
While the stated goal for this campaign covers the registration fees, our aim is $5,175 to cover the total cost for each camper.
YOUR PARTNERSHIP = CHANGED LIVES
"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
The poverty rate among Native Americans was 28.4% (2010 census). The disparity for American Indians living below poverty on the reservations is even greater, reaching 38% to 63% in South Dakota (2006, NCES), with living conditions "comparable to Third World" (2004, Gallup Independent).
Alcoholism mortality rates are 514% higher that the general population (2012, CNAY).
Native teens experience the highest rate of suicide - more than double that national average of any population group in the United States and is the 2nd leading cause of death for Native American youth in the 15-24 age group (2012, CNAY).
American Indian youth are arrested at a rate of 3 times the national average; 79% of youth in the Federal Bureau of Prison's custody are American Indian/Alaskan Native (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004).
Other Ways You Can Help
Pray. Pray for those who will be attending Warrior Leadership Summit this summer. Pray for restored hope. Pray for a change for eternity.
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Become a Partner. Join with FIS Chaplaincy to provide opportunities for the students and staff of Flandreau Indian School to encounter the hope and love of Christ. Visit our website for more information, www.FISchaplaincy.com
FIS Chaplaincy. The purpose of this non profit organization is to serve the students and staff of Flandreau Indian School by providing opportunities to encounter the hope and love of Christ through Biblically-based spiritual guidance, faith-based programing, community-building social activities, and meeting critical needs. FIS Chaplaincy is financially independent from the school operation and is fully funded through donations from corporations, denominational entities, churches, civic groups and individuals. Thanks to that support, FIS Chaplaincy has continued an ongoing partnership with the Flandreau Indian School for almost 50 years.