Christians Ministry has three programs to give hope to children and
strengthen their faith as they learn of Jesus' Love. These programs are
designed to help children grow spiritually through the Word of God.
Please explore this page and discover the opportunities within our
Native Christian Ministry for your children and the children you love.
We operate two Lutheran schools, Our Savior's Lutheran K-8 and East Fork Lutheran K-12. Our
Savior's Lutheran is located on the San Carlos Apache Reservation
and East Fork Lutheran is located on the White Mountain Apache
Reservation. Our schools allow us to share the gospel with students
creating confident leaders in our communities and congregations! We are
excited to embrace the opportunities these schools provide, and we hope
to grow these schools in the coming years.
Empowerment Scholarships are available for new students entering our schools. Click here for information.
Each of our congregations takes great care to assist
parents in the spiritual training of their children per our Lord’s
directive in Deuteronomy 6:
"These are the
commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to
observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so
that you, your children and their children after them may
fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees
and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life
…. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your
hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at
home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you
To accomplish this, we hold weekly Bible Story and
Life Application Sunday school classes at each congregation. These are
led by Native American teachers equipped to teach through Bible study
and ACTS (Apache Christian Training School) classes and workshops.
The Sunday schools also work in conjunction with the
local congregation on their themes, curriculum and in putting on special
services, singing in church and programs.
Community Gardens are designed to bring people into our churches, and
allow us to teach God’s Word in an informal way. Through these gardens,
we are also able to host a great family activity, teach good nutrition,
bring back traditional heirloom Apache gardening, and provide a
positive activity for children and adults as we build relationships to
carry the Gospel. Our gardens are planted on our East Fork campus, the Lutheran Church of the Open Bible campus, and Our Savior's campus. We plant sugar cane, the “Three Sisters” Apache planting
technique of corn, beans, and squash together in a square space in a
grid garden, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins, peppers and tomatoes. We
plant in Fall, Winter and do Monsoon (July) gardens. Garden Clubs
include gardening, a Bible lesson, sometimes snacks, and lots of