|Welcome to the 39th issue of the Navajo Lutheran Mission's electronic newsletter!
|Warm greetings sent to you from Rock Point, AZ. Ya'at'eeh!
March, when the young eagles cry and spring blooms with beautiful life on Mother Earth.
From the words of our very own, a local of Rock Point; Mr. Rex Lee Jim
"The author, politician, and medicine man reads from his poetry in Navajo and explains it in English.
Rex Lee Jim ’86: ‘I write mostly in Navajo because it is who I am’
Poem No. 3 was written for Princeton’s 250th anniversary.
Ni means you. Eiya means you are. Yaah is an expression of awe or fear of something, but always with tremendous regard and disbelief that something so magical, mystical and powerful could exist, be within our reach. Ni means you. A rough translation: Awe is yours. In other words, you are awesome.
Here is the yaah part of the poem. Ni sounds similar to ni’ meaning ground, earth. Ei of eiya (though physically not) is a breathing in of fresh air. Ya of eiya sounds similar to ya meaning sky. So the expression of ni eiya is going from the earth to the sky, breathing in air. We simply reverse that with yaah ni. Ya means sky, ah is breathing out, and ni means earth. The full expression then is a breathing in and out as you go from earth to sky and then back from sky to earth. This breathing in and out normally takes place at dawn, when Navajos meet the dawn, praying and asking the gods for a wonderful day and life. In one breath, you bring the earth and the sky together. In this new dawn, you become the very link that brings the earth and the sky together; you become the very essence of dawn, new beginnings, new creations, new inventions, new explorations, new discoveries. You become the center of the universe. It is your own breathing that creates life, that holds the universe. With one breath, you behold the universe.
Navajo is a tonal language. Meanings change accordingly. There are many ways to look at this poem. But it comes down to one breath, one’s own breath, with one accord.
The other two poems are the same; here I only give literal translations.
In response to the question of what I write about: Well … I write about almost everything. First and foremost, I write to explore who I am, how I exist and live, in relation to all living things. I write mostly in Navajo because it is who I am. I write in Navajo because it is a simple way of showing the world that other languages exist, that there are other ways of looking at the world, that there are other ways of living. My book Saad focuses on how we interact with nature, and how that interaction informs the way we think, the way we act. It is about a sacred relationship with the land, the universe, and the gods. The poems are more conceptual, shorter. They are like taking a breath, one breath at a time. They tend to be more philosophical."
– Rex Lee Jim ’86, October 2010 - Princeton Alumni Weekly
dibe naakai lei’
hanii eegai nisin
rows of white crosses
you you are
"Ask rain from the Lord
at the time
of the spring rain --
The Lord who
makes the storm clouds;
And He will give them
showers of rain,
vegetation in the
field to each man."
- Zechariah 10:1
|Our Annual School Bus Safety Drills to ensure our students are safe when riding the bus was conducted by transportation on March 8, 2017. On drill day our students were reminded to adhere by all bus safety inside and outside the bus. Here are a couple of examples that our students were reminded of during the drill, safety rules that we should abide by when we enter the bus:
Student safety is Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy's priority.
- Learn and be aware of all emergency exits.
- Location of first aid kit, body fluid kit, fire extinguisher and triangle reflectors.
- 10 feet danger zones around the bus.
"When we ride the school bus we follow all the rules; we listen to the driver who takes us to the school. We sit down in our seats and keep the aisles clear, we use our quiet voices so the bus driver can hear."
Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy presented their first "Cat in the Hat Family Reading Night" event. A busy evening filled with activities such as a Bingo, Scavenger Hunt, reading circles, bookmark making, music and a movie "Finding Nemo" in the Navajo language to end the night.
During the event, while families came through to do activities with their children; the food court was busy with a fundraiser. Navajo Tacos and Fajitas were most popular throughout the evening. Plus, delicious! NCPA students and staff came together and donated items needed to sell the delicious dinner.
The school parking lot was filled as were the school buildings. NCPA students and their parents filled the classrooms along with community members and their families. A great outcome, a success for teachers!
Anyone wanting to donate reading books, reading supplies, posters, activities or suggestions can contact either the Mission Manager or Director for more information.
A great way to spend days off from school during Spring Break, families of the Rock Point community were able to plow, prepare and irrigate their fields for planting. Thank you for all the prayers, over 55 plots (10 acre fields) are prepared! Time to get in line to purchase white, blue, and yellow corn, melon and squash seeds to plant.
Occasionally we are able to catch water off the nearby mountain. For most of Rock Point families its been over 8 years since our last big planting season. The excitement to see all the work that our community is doing to be apart of this beautiful gift is a bit overwhelming. Thanks be to God for the blessing of snow and rain.
Navajo Christian Preparatory Academy are inspired by this event that we've decided to do some planting of our own right here on our campus. Our project will begin with tilling a field picked out by our Hozho Cafe group located by the chapel, irrigate and plant the seeds picked out by our students.
Our vision is to one day have our own Farmers Market here on the Mission campus, this project will help us to be steps closer to that vision. Stay tuned!
Kate Adelman Executive Director and Pastor of House of Prayer
During the season of Lent, we have been exploring the rich gospel message, seeking to find in it the seeds of transformation. Our goal has been to think beyond 'what can I give up for Lent.' We have been searching for the deeper, truer meaning of repentance that is rooted in allowing God's Word to transform us at our core identity as children of God.
John's gospel has helped us to see that whenever Jesus is at work, things change - permanently. Temptation is defeated, faith is birthed, differences fade, healing happens, blindness turns to sight. And this kind of change is messy. When Jesus calls us to permanent change, the status quo flies out the window.
Here at the Mission we have set our vision on just such a change. We are beginning to experience both the joy and the disruption of answered prayers. Change is hard. With each new temptation to fall back into old patterns and worn out ways of thinking, we are faithfully stretching to see ourselves and the community in terms of the new life and abundance that God intends for us.
Here are just a few of the dreams and visions taking root:
- HOP members gather weekly for prayer - a new Woman's Bible Study begins in April
- Hozho Cafe has expended to accommodate the temporary closing of the local Senior Center
- Plans are underway to plant a garden to supplement Hozho Cafe and a new Farmer's Market
- The school has set new goals for student enrollment and teacher accreditation in 2017-18 SY
- A changed Student Sponsorship program will roll out in April
- Volunteer teams are being organized now for summer and fall campus improvement projects
- Planning/funding proposals for classroom expansion and a large multipurpose building/gym are scheduled to begin in fall, 2017
We are asking you to join us (the Board, Education Advisory team, Mission staff and Rock Point community) on the journey of transformation. Jesus wants more for the Mission than survival, persistence and making do - we are coming to believe that Jesus has asked us to claim our life abundant as God's beloved Navajo people.
Pray that our vision is clear. Pray that the disruptions and temptations will give way to life - full and free. Pray to overcome the disruptive thoughts you may be feeling right now. Come to discover what is most essential for this community so that each Navajo family can know your friendship and experience the abundance and self-worth that is their heritage as a child of God.
Now is the time for permanent change. Click the 'Give a Gift Today' button and make your financial commitment to our unfolding vision.
Thank you for your dedicated partnership and heartfelt prayers.
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