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Mission in reverse

In Arizona, pastors take 'humble approach that preserves Navajo culture'

Located two hours from the nearest grocery store in dusty Rock Point, Ariz., the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission sits figuratively and literally in the heart of an American Indian community that began struggling with poverty and high unemployment long before the nationwide recession.

Janie John teaches her granddaughter,
Janie John teaches her granddaughter, Teyanna John, 7, how to use a sewing machine during summer classes at the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Ariz., sponsored by several ELCA congregations from Wisconsin.
Trading snowshoes for a cowboy hat, Lynn D. Hubbard left a church on the shores of Lake Superior to become executive director of this mission in the high desert of northeastern Arizona. His wife, Deborah Haffner Hubbard, a Presbyterian pastor, serves with him and the mission’s House of Prayer Lutheran Church.

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