Wednesday, February 24, 2010
New Calvary Chapel Church Plant reaches out to the Navajo Nation
By Brian Nixon
Special to ASSIST News Service
YATAHEY, NEW MEXICO (ANS) -- Landoll Benally, pastor of Calvary Chapel Yatahey, may be the only pastor in the Calvary Chapel movement who teaches through the Bible in both English and Navajo.
Landoll is a graduate of Calvary of Albuquerque’s School of Ministry, a school set up to train ministry leaders, pastors, and missionaries.
Upon his graduation, Landoll had only one place on his mind that he wanted to minister: back home.
“I have always felt called to my own people, the Navajo. I was born on the reservation. I was raised in a Hogan—speaking Navajo. I love my culture and the land. I have always wanted to reach out with God’s love to the people I love,” Landoll stated.
After graduation (driving over four hours daily to get to school), he began the Bible study at his home, using Calvary Chapel of Gallup as his home base.
Landoll has sponsored two woodcutting ministry opportunities for Calvary churches. More recently, he assisted families in the Mexican Hat area with clothing and shelter needs.
“Calvary of Albuquerque received a phone call,” Landoll said, “Stating that a group of families in the Mexican Hat area were stranded due to the weather. The children were wrapping their feet in Saran wrap, and the elders didn’t have any coats. Les Palmer [a chaplain] from Calvary of Albuquerque called me and we set up a clothing drive.”
“I was able to pick up the clothes collected at Calvary of Albuquerque and deliver them to the families. It was a blessing to serve these people in need.”
The Navajo reservation has been hit hard with weather this year. On February 12, 2010, Governor Bill Richardson declared the Western Region of the Navajo reservation a disaster area. Many families and individuals were stuck in mounds of mud and deep snow. Some died of overexposure.
Even in difficult times, Landoll’s resolve to minister is unchanged. “We love to help in both practical and spiritual matters,” he stated, “Not just talking about the Gospel—which we do—but living the Gospel.”
Landoll’s wife, Angie, agreed. She said, “It is a great blessing for us to witness the Lord supplying the needs of these families. We are really excited to be a part of His plan.”
To find out how you can help with the Navajo Nation and Calvary Chapel of Yatahey, contact Global Adventures at http://www.globaladventures.org/ or Calvary Chapel Outreach Fellowship at http://www.ccofministry.org/.
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