It came to me today that a lot of people in the United States who aren’t closely connected with any Native American heritage are rather unfamiliar with the Native American nations within our own borders – including the Navajo Reservation. After perusing the internet to get some more exact facts to some of my pre-existing general knowledge about the Navajo Reservation, I wanted to share some insights about what they’re actually going through. My hope is to increase an awareness of the need for the Gospel and for prayer to be made for the beautiful people of the Navajo Reservation. They are immensely valuable in the eyes of the Lord, but they have many trials to overcome on a practical level and a spiritual level. Jesus is worthy of an inheritance in the Navajo people and I believe His invitation is that they would have a great inheritance in Him!
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalm 2:8)
Facts about the Navajo Reservation
- The Navajo Reservation is situated on the Four Corners, encompassing land within Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
- The Navajo Reservation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States.
- Population: approx. 180,000
- The median age on the reservation is 24.
- The average household income is $20,005 per year.
- 42% of the population is unemployed.
- From the ages of 25 and up, about 56% have a high school diploma and only 7% have a college degree.
- 43% of the population lives below the poverty rate.
- 10% of kids ages 12 to 17 have tried using meth.
- 39% of kids ages 12 to 17 have tried marijuana.
- 57% of kids ages 12 to 17 have tried alcohol.
- 65% of child abuse cases on the Reservation involve meth.
- An estimated 60% of newborns at regional Navajo Reservation hospital are suspected to have been exposed to meth.
- Meth is the #1 drug problem on the Reservation.
- 75% of surveyed, self-reporting students on the Reservation say they have used some kind of drug, 45% said they’ve actually used meth.
To me, these statistics are a staggering revelation of what our Navajo friends are going through. The youth we’ve met each year are some of the most compassionate and even humorous people we’ve encountered, but all of this beauty buried under the weight of the things they’re going through. If you’re reading this and your heart is as grieved as mine is regarding the struggles represented by these statistics, I encourage you to pray regularly for our friends on the Navajo Reservation.
We believe that Jesus has a greater desire and purpose for the Navajo than all we see represented in these numbers and percentages. We believe that He created them to know Him and to be His people – and that He intended it before the world began. We want to see God deliver them and bring them into everything He purposed for them today. Please partner with us in prayer and support as we go to the Navajo Reservation this July.
Until He Comes,