Saturday, May 02, 2009

TRAIL OF HOPE NORTHWEST NATIVE YOUTH CONFERENCE

From the latest Smoke Signals Newsletter from wiconi:

NATIONAL NATIVE LEADERS ROUNDTABLE

Wiconi, in partnership with the Murdock Charitable Trust recently hosted a gathering of sixteen Native organization leaders to discuss how we can support one another in multiplying the effectiveness of our ministry efforts within our communities and nationally. We are revisiting conversations from five years ago about the need to establish a national Native leaders association. With more maturity as leaders and stronger organizations we are in a much better position to create this much needed entity. Today there are dozens of “mom and pop” native ministries that operate largely independent of one another. These ministries will typically die with their founders and never grow beyond their founder’s skills or abilities. For some this is fine, while for others they could be far more effective if connected to a larger association of leaders. After lots of discussion, wise planning and fund-raising, our goal is to host a national Native leaders gathering in December of 2009 to launch this new association.

TRAIL OF HOPE NORTHWEST NATIVE YOUTH CONFERENCE

In June of 2010 Wiconi International will join with Mending Wings and Christ for Native Youth to organize and co-sponsor of a major Native youth gathering here in Oregon or Washington. Plans are underway and funding is being secured and the venue finalized. Mark your calendars to help us get as many Native young people to attend in order to make this a dynamic spiritually impacting time for our next generation of Native leaders!
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