Operation Compassion Commences Distribution At First American Dream Center

By , March 25, 2002
American Indian children waiting to receive snacks during distribution.

American Indian children waiting to receive snacks during distribution.

On February 15, 2002, Operation Compassion started food distribution for the first time in the newly built First American Dream Center in Gallup, New Mexico. Several hundred American Indian families participated in this endeavor lead by David Lorency, International Field Director for Operation Compassion and James Rodgers, Coordinator, First American Dream Center and Reverend Jerry Tom, Pastor, Window Rock Church of God.

Clothing to be distributed to American Indian families.

Clothing to be distributed to American Indian families.

This distribution was an event that illustrated to the tribal leadership the impact of the future ministries involved in erecting the First American Dream Center. The food, clothing and toys were taken from the Dream Center to the Window Rock Church of God for final distribution to every family in attendance. The tribal leadership was on hand to observe the distribution and the products to be given away. Without a doubt, Operation Compassion made an impact that will lead to the dedication scheduled for May 2002.

Pastor Jerry Toms and Associate Pastor Ron Harvey standing in front of Window Rock.

Pastor Jerry Toms and Associate Pastor Ron Harvey standing in front of Window Rock.

The level of commitment Operation Compassion has made to them by building the First American Dream Center impressed the tribal leaders. One leader remarked how good it was to see new products brought to the reservation instead of used, worn out items that are typically brought.

First American Dream Center consists of a 12,000 square foot warehouse, restrooms, a meeting room, all designed to provide lift and redemption and a 1,200 square foot home for the Coordinator. All of this in close proximity to the reservation. The dedication, Celebration of the Nations, for the first American Dream Center is scheduled for May 8-10, 2002 with a series of special events designed to illustrate to the American Indians that Operation Compassion cares about them and wants to help lift their standard of living while redeeming them to God through the Gospel message (Matthew 25).

James Rodgers unloading first semi-truck of products at First American Dream Center.

James Rodgers unloading first semi-truck of products at First American Dream Center.

Celebration of the Nations will begin with a revival thrust by Reverend Floyd Lawhon entitled A Gathering of the American Indians from April 30 – May 8, 2002. At the same time, Jimmy Jones will be conducting a Kid’s Crusade. On Saturday, May 9, 2002, a special street carnival will be sponsored providing plenty of rides, games and other special activities, toys and special give-a-ways for the children. On Saturday afternoon, 1,000 50-pound boxes of food will be given away to the families living on the reservation.

Semi-truck in front of Window Rock Church of God.

Semi-truck in front of Window Rock Church of God.

In preparation for this dedicatory event, Operation Compassion will be sending fifteen semi-trucks loaded with food, clothing, toys, drinks and snacks. However, this is only the beginning. The commitment of Operation Compassion is ongoing and semi-trucks will be rolling in and out of First American Dream Center on a regular basis providing for the basic needs of life for families on the reservation including building supplies.

Men of Window Rock Church of God unloading semi-truck by hand.

Men of Window Rock Church of God unloading semi-truck by hand.

Tim Burdashaw
Communications Coordinator

Anyone interested in donating finances or products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President

114 Stuart Road, NE
Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 – Office
423.596.4200 – Fax

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