Ministry in the White Mountains
Arizona Reservation Ministries (A.R.M.) began as a vision in the late 90s, as Dale Lawrence listened to God’s call to work with the Navajo and Apache Indians in the White Mountains of Arizona. A.R.M. officially came into existence in 2002. A.R.M. currently works with over 950 children and teens.
The following statistics were obtained through various sources, including but not limited to 2010 US Census and Northern Arizona University:
The median age on the San Carlos Apache Reservation is 27 years. Those living elsewhere in the State of Arizona have a median age of 35-48 years. More than 50% of the San Carlos Apache Reservation is under the age of 24. According to the sources listed above, there are 10,068 enrolled Tribal Members. Estimates elsewhere share that there are approx. 14,000 Tribal members. Nearly Twenty-four percent of families are subsisting on less than $10,000 each year; 45% living below poverty. Infant mortality is 2.5 times the national average.
The teen suicide rate is 7 times the national average. One child in eight knows someone who has committed suicide. Satan’s presence is tangible on the reservations. Gang activity has grown, and crimes related to gang activities are increasing. Drugs and alcohol are widely used among Native American adults, youth and children. The rate of alcoholism is also much higher than the national average. Methamphetamine production and use
The need for homes today on the San Carlos Apache Reservation is tremendous! (Current need is between 1,400 and 1,600 homes) Families may wait up to 15 years to have a home of their own, now living in abandoned cars, under tarps, within sheds, or sharing a 1,200 square foot home with up to 30 family members. LifePoint often helps with building these homes 3 to 4 times per year.
Currently, A.R.M. provides for home-building, children’s and youth ministries from our Mobile Ministry Center, hosting prayer journeys around the Reservation with visitors from across the US, partnering with Apache-led churches and Tribal agencies, Bible studies and more! A.R.M.’s focus is to not only partner with our Native brothers and sisters, in the ministries God has placed them in within the Reservation, but to also fill this ministry with Native Team members. Of the 11 on their team today, four are from the San Carlos Apache Nation. One member of their Board of Directors comes from this Reservation. It is their intent to seek other faith-filled Native believers to serve through this ministry as God leads and provides.
Life Point comes along-side A.R.M. by doing small single day mission trips, and this year we are going a Gift Card Stocking Stuffers. The gift cards will be used to fill any need for A.R.M. during the course of the year. In some cases, it’s simply snacks for the children they serve, and in other cases, it might be gas for the bus they use. This women, children, and men are our brothers and sisters! They believe in the same God! Without our help, they become an unreached people group right in our own backyard.
For more information on ways to pray for and support A.R.M., please visit their website azrez.org.