OPERATION COMPASSION FIRST AMERICAN DREAM CENTER MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE INDIAN NATIONS

By , May 30, 2003

One year after the formal dedication of the First American Dream Center, the Indian Nations are experiencing renewed hope. Ever since the Indian Nations were settled on reservations in the 19th century, extreme poverty, alcoholism, hunger, joblessness, illiteracy and a lack of an infrastructure has been the plight of the Indians Nations. However, during the long range planning of Operation Compassion in 2001, Dr. John D. Nichols, President and the Board of Directors made plans and set aside funds for the construction of a distribution center that would serve the Indian Nations.

For the next several months, a 12,000 sq. ft. building was erected to serve this purpose. During February 2002, Operation Compassion sponsored a food distribution as a faith promise of the future commitment being made to the Indian Nations.

The formal dedication of the structure and pending ministry was held during the weeklong Celebration of the Nations, April 28th through May 4th, 2002. The celebration culminated with a food distribution to more than 5,000 families living on the Navajo, Hopi and other Indian Nations of the four corners region of the United States.

The past twelve months have been very productive and busy for the FADC. Numerous semi trucks loaded with food, clothing, vitamins, building supplies, bottled water, blankets and other life sustaining products have been delivered and distributed in the southwest as well as the reservations of the Dakotas.

Volunteers from across the country have converged on the FADC to work among the First Americans. Widow’s homes have been improved, Senior Adult Centers have been helped and churches have been remodeled with product from FADC.

Serving as coordinators for FADC, James and Sharon Rogers have moved from their home in Florida to a fifth wheel trailer, six miles west of Gallup, New Mexico. Their love for the Indian people is evident in their self-sacrificing commitment, hard work and endurance of the extreme weather of the high desert region.

In commenting on the Rogers’, David Lorency, International Field Director, Operation Compassion, said, “James and Sharon are isolated in a harsh area of the country. Their commitment, zeal and dedication are unrivaled.”

For the past several years, the southwest Indian reservations have been experiencing an extreme draught. At one point, the Indian Government instructed people to dispose of their livestock because there just was not enough water available. To help alleviate the suffering many were going through without water to drink or cook, Operation Compassion was given a grant to initiate a water program.

Oasis in the Desert was born! Over the next several months, a 6,000-gallon tanker truck was purchased and 3,000-gallon fill tanks were fabricated and a soft drink manufacturer donated several hundred 60-gallon barrels. Thankfully, water is not the main concern any longer.

Recently, a new day cab tractor was purchased for use at FADC. Together with the tanker and a forty-eight foot refrigerated trailer almost any kind of product can be received and distributed throughout the Indian Nations.

Now that the first year for Operation Compassion First American Dream Center is past, the future looks brighter than ever. New construction is underway for phase two of the physical growth, product flow is readily available and volunteers continue to work on the reservations. Excitement for new opportunities of ministry is higher than ever!

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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