Faithful Support: Bringing Joy to Indigenous Communities

By Bev Hadland, Crossroads Ambassador for the First Peoples

As I sit down to write this update, I can’t help but marvel at the unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing lately. Robins, cardinals, and blue jays flying around in February—it’s quite the sight! With temperatures swinging from a balmy plus 14 degrees in the morning to below freezing at night, one thing remains constant: our God, His unchanging love and faithfulness, regardless of the weather or circumstances around us.

Last month, I shared with you the heartening success story of a remote community’s efforts in implementing community gardens, offering a ray of hope in the face of food insecurity. Although we are grateful for this blessing, the reality is still harsh with persistently alarming suicide rates, especially among individuals aged thirty-five and younger. In such times, hope is not just a luxury but a necessity.

Sarazine, a dedicated leader within the Wollaston Lake Dene Nation, is on a mission to empower her community with resources that foster self-esteem, pride, and a sense of belonging. Through engaging activities filled with creativity and fun, she aims to ignite optimism and hope for the future in the hearts of all involved. Her vision extends beyond mere empowerment; it seeks to cultivate a collective mindset of positivity, resilience, and belief in the potential of every individual within the community.

Sarazine often shares the significance of delivering gifts to families in need, especially during special occasions like Valentine’s Day or Easter. These items, designed to inspire creativity and bring joy, serve as tangible reminders that they are acknowledged, valued, and loved within their community.

With your unwavering support, First Peoples Voices can empower teachers and youth workers with Christian and life-affirming resources, games, and prizes to support their Indigenous programs.  Recently FPV had the privilege of providing Sarazine with supplies to bring joy to 50 children during a special event. Even for those unable to attend, Sarazine ensured that volunteers delivered the items, reaffirming to each child their cherished place in God’s heart. Your continued prayers and support enable us to extend love and care to those in need, making a meaningful difference in their lives.

Seeing the happy smiles on the children’s faces always warms my heart. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for believing in our mission and standing with us as we minister to our First Peoples.