The mission of Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM) is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Native Americans, disciple Native leaders to share their faith with their Native brothers and sisters, and provide resources for the healing of intergenerational pain, sorrow, and suffering while honoring Native cultures. Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry (under the auspices of LIM) seeks to reach students at Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) in Lawrence, Kansas. Many who have experienced abuse, addiction, and neglect have not found inner peace or healing. At times, suicide seems the only option. By being present and offering programs that address these traumas and provide hope, the Haskell LIGHT ministry team is making a difference in the lives of students.
How the Mini Grant Was Used
The Mini Grant was used to provide training for new staff. Deon Prue, ministry staff leader at Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry, has connected with female freshmen students by planning fun dorm nights. She meets with a core group weekly to provide a listening ear, encouragement, and insights, as well as inviting them to participate in “healing” programs hosted at the LIGHT House. In the past year Deon and husband, Bob, co-led the first ten-week course, helping parents learn to become strong godly leaders from a Native American perspective. Deon also attended training designed to educate and train individuals on how to interact and respond to those whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, abuse, and neglect.
Volunteers are encouraged to donate resources such as bedding, school supplies, and life’s daily necessities. Take a campus tour and get to know HINU students, their culture and history. Donate food, assist with meal prep, set up, and clean up for numerous outreach events.