A Pastor’s Call to the Navajo Nation

In September 2000, God called Nathan Lynch to pastor to the people of Pine Dale, New Mexico. The community is 97% Navajo Native American, and 48% of the families live below the nation’s poverty level. The church, New Life Christian Assembly, ministers to more than 60 widows on a regular basis.

Nathan Lynch looking on.

Nathan has pastored to the Pine Dale community for 15 years and New Life Christian Assembly since 2009.

“They’re very needy, but they’re beautiful, loving and caring,” Nathan said. “My family fell in love with this community.”

The district initially asked Nathan to stay for six months until a permanent pastor was hired. But 15 years later, Nathan’s still in Pine Dale—and he stayed because God told him.

Hear Nathan’s story in his own words, as well as how Family Christian has been able to partner with New Life Christian Assembly to help the widows in their community:

Firewood: A Means of Survival

77% of homes in Pine Dale use firewood to stay warm in the winter. Pine Dale is tucked away in the mountains—so without firewood, Navajo widows will freeze to death.

In late 2011, God led us to New Life Christian Assembly in Pine Dale, New Mexico. We were inspired as we watched them be the hands and feet of Jesus through their ministry work with widows.

Staying warm by the stove.

You helped us purchase a heating stove and firewood for Emma so she could stay warm through the bitterly cold winters.

Through our commitment to James 1:27, we’re passionate about serving widows in distress—both abroad and in the U.S. When we learned having enough firewood was a matter of life or death, we were devoted to helping. And for the past three winters, YOU have helped us keep widows warm and alive.

Since 2012, we’ve been blessed to send mission teams to Pine Dale to help with light construction work on widows’ homes, including building porches and installing stoves. We also purchased a van for Pastor Nathan so he could deliver firewood, as well as helped fund a new bunk house for future mission teams’ stay.

All of our work with New Life Christian Assembly would not be possible without you, our loyal customer. Thank you! Help us continue giving hope to Navajo widows, and donate $10* by texting FAMILY to 52000.

*Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.