May 23, 2017

Post-Graduation Plans

With less than a month left in my senior year at Covenant I am excited to share where God is taking me next! Beginning in the fall after graduation I will move to Washington State to work on the Yakama Indian Reservation with Sacred Road Ministries (sacredroadministries.com). Last year, I had the opportunity to visit the reservation on a short term spring break trip with Covenant College. On that trip, I discovered a deep love for the reservation and for the people.

Me and Lucy at Kids Club

One of my roommates Cayla went on that first trip to the Rez. I remember telling her I could see myself living and working with Sacred Road. She just grinned and told me she had already thought of that the day before and just hadn’t said anything about it yet. The kids in a very real way stole my heart. This was especially true of one letter girl I met. Her name is Lucy. She is a creative and talkative little girl who was nine at the time. Though she could not pronounce it, Lucy told me that her Indian name meant “beautiful talking bird.” She added, “…which is good because, you know, I’m beautiful, and I like to talk.” We met the first day at Kids Club and played together the entire week whenever she could come. She loves art and drawing so we spent a lot of time playing with chalk, chalk paint, markers, and crafts. She loved piggy back rides and sitting in my lap during snack/story time.

I remember the flight home at the end of the week and feeling like my heart was still on the Rez. When I got home, I talked about little else but the trip, the kids, the needs, and the ways God was working. My passion for the reservation didn’t die, it became stronger and more articulate. I knew I wanted to return  and serve for a year, but  I did not think that it would be possible soon after graduation. One week when the Granberrys were in town, I was able to spend a lot of time talking with them about coming out as an intern. After discussing budgets and possible jobs, I knew I was going to pursue this. God had put the desire in my heart and has been opening the doors to go ever since.

I was able to save the funds to return to the reservation for spring break this semester. On the trip, I was able to assist Mary Granberry with the same things I will be doing when I arrive as an intern. The trip was especially confirming that the reservation is where I need and want to be. When I go out for the year, my role will be primarily in showing hospitality as I prepare meals for the church, widows, orphans, and other community members. I will also assist with mercy ministry and youth discipleship.

If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me directly. I love sharing my heart and what God is doing on the reservation!

If you are interested in contributing towards my financial support to get to Yakama you can do so at: haleydempsey.com/support