Wood Ministry
About 60 % of the homes on the reservation are heated with wood. Most of the Navajo reservation is located on high desert plateaus around 5800 thousand feet elevation. Our winters are cold and blustery. Today we have winds of 53 mph and I keep losing my cell and internet connection! Many of the homes are not well insulated , and the windows and doors do not fit properly. As a result the winds blow not only cold air into houses, but also a fine layer of red grit and sand.

When folks send donations to NARI marked wood ministry, we use that money to help needy families get wood for fuel to heat their homes. Sometimes the families will gather everyone from their family or clan and we all make the trip to the forest together.

We go to the ranger station, purchase the $20 cutting permit and hauling permit, then drive the 80 miles to the allotted forest where we cut fallen trees and load up our 18 foot flatbed with 8 foot logs.

When we return to the district center or a home site those 8 foot logs are cut down to 18 inch lengths. The next step is to split logs into quarter rounds so they fit easily into the wood stoves.

If the people are not able to cut wood themselves, or do not have family members to help, we try to find sellers in Flagstaff or Window Rock who will sell a cord of wood for $85.00 to $300.00. The cords are typically mixed juniper, cedar, oak and ash. We load the cord and return to the district center where we have a 28 ton hydraulic log splitter. During school vacations teens often volunteer their help to split the wood. We then delivery it to families, widows, and single parents and ask if we can pray for them.

With Thanksgiving approaching we will also begin making up boxes of food to deliver to the unemployed and elderly. These boxes usually contain coffee, 10 lbs of flour, salt, baking powder,cans of Spam, lard, beans,rice, canned fruit and vegetables, and sacks of apples and potatoes. A typical native diet is coffee, fried potatoes and left over frybread for breakfast and rice,beans, fry bread for the evening meal. Arizona has one of the highest rates for malnourished children in the USA.

Read James 2 : 15&16
Suppose a brother or sister ( or child) is without clothes, (heat) and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about these physical needs, what good is it?".

We feel that we have found a practical way to show the love of Christ to those in need.

If you want to donate to the crisis food boxes or wood ministry make checks out to :

NARI
and send to:
PO Box 520
Winslow, AZ 86047
Mark the memo line wood ministry or crisis food box and we will mail you a receipt for your donation.