Friday, March 25, 2011

Week of Travels

What a week it has been, traveling all over the eastern side of the Navajo Reservation.  From Kinilidi (Flagstaff) to Naʼnízhoozhí (Gallup), up to   Shiprock then  Chinle and Window Rock, what a trip!  Most of the time I was sleeping on a hard floor or an old sofa bed with the springs poking out, but sharing at churches and seeing the young people and adults getting excited about what they can do to help.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Naʼnízhoozhí, as we call it in Dine, was founded in 1881 as a railhead camp, and called Gallup after David Gallup, the paymaster of the railroad.  It is surounded by Native lands, both Dine and Ashiwi, and has long been a center of trade.

Located on the famed Route 66 and infamous Route 666, which was recently renamed Route 491.  Naʼnízhoozhí is home to al ot of Native American shops, one of the largest flee markets consisting of mostly Native American arts and crafts, and many outreaches to Native American.  This  week,  Robby and I, along with many of our fellow students will be in Naʼnízhoozhí on our college missions trip.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Home for the summer...

Here I am, about to reach the first day of spring, and we have just learned that unless God changes things we will not be traveling back east this summer.  With the rising cost of gas, and with having to fix the truck, we are stuck for the summer.  Robby most likely will work at BABR for the summer, and I will seek a job of some sort... to save for next school year and future support trips.   May haps we can met family in Tucumcarrie, NM over thanksgiving.  Yet, what ever why and when ever we get back home... God is with us and we will continue to serve Him.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

To be a Christian...what does that look like?

When you think of the word Christian?
  • Do you think of people who sit in a church, keep the pews warm, and look down their noses at anyone who does not live up to their standards?
  • Do you think of someone who embraces a lifestyle dedicated to intimacy in and with the Father, provoking extreme obedience, manifesting in radical stewardship, here "...on earth as it is in heaven."?

This is something I have been wrestling with for a long time. I first went to the missions field when I was just 15, and served in Chihuahua, Mexico for two weeks. The scriptures that came to my heart then, and have not left me were Luke 9:3 "And He said to them, "Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics." and the Rich Young Ruler from Luke 18:18-30, and Acts 2:44-47 "And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."

What do those mean? I know that that is how the early church was, and that Jesus was giving instructions to his disciples. But for me, now for 13 years, these have been the scriptures weighing heavy on my heart. By 19, I was was ministering among the subcultures. I had no drivers license, worked odd and end jobs, as long as they would keep me, and giving from the little I had to those in need. That summer to winter, I lost 5 friends, three to car and motor cycle accidents. Depression and PTSD from that and another event my 20th year, became my closest friends. I had bought a house when I was 24, to fix up and become a safe haven for at risk youth... but lost it 6 months later due both my house mate and I glossing our jobs. On the bright side, I gained a husband out of it, for a friend had come to help, and we grew to love each other..something neither of us were looking for.

Robby and I have never owned our own place. In fact, now 3 years married....our largest place is our small 1 bedroom apartment here at college where we have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, dinning room, and kitchen of our own. Normally, we have had only a bedroom and bathroom, and we have never been unhappy with either little or much. We were married just as the economy fell apart, and jobs have not been easy to come by. We have lived in 8 states since we were married, and traveled to many more, some for jobs, some for ministry. At 26, I finally got my drivers license and a truck. A year later, Dad and I swapped trucks... my 1984 F-150 for his 1997 Dodge Dakota, and Robby and I headed out to Dine Bikeyah as missionaries to them.

Now here I sit, 9 months later, wondering still... how is this suppose to look? Which type of Christian am I: one they hate or one who draws others closer to Him? I am still not sure, and the search continues.

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

No Battery and Coming Rain...

Last summer, I traded my beloved 1984 Ford F-150, Tsalagi, with my Dad, for his 1997 Dodge Dakota called "Gypsy Dakota".  Thursday, I went out to pick up food for our weekend trip to Toh Di'neesh Zhee (Kayenta), but "Gypsy Dakota" would not start.  I checked the connections, but they were tight.  I jumped her, but she did not jump.  So now, we have to get a ride in to the shop and prayerfully, they honor the warranty, and trade us batteries.

The truck being down, has us walking about town more, and for the first time in our 9 months here, I am beginning to feel like I am beginning to know our neighborhood.  We live in Sunnyside, which is in east Flagstaff . We are just a few blocks from our grocery store, a short walk to the barber, a long walk to the indoor Farmer's Market, and long walk to walmart.  Even more fun though, we are a short walk to Big Lots.   Soon, I will go hunting for parks, so we can spend more time outside.  I am looking for seeds for our garden, and trusting the spring rain that is coming will melt the snow on the raised beds.

How I long at this time of year, that I had a good bicycle.  My last bike, "Meg" *la sigh*, had to be left in Chicago when we moved.  I so miss the wind in my face and the puddles splashing under my wheels.  That, and with the cost of gas these days, I could sure save alot...  May haps I need to be looking for a new bike for my travels?

~ Traveller Gal, out!

Friday, March 4, 2011


Called Shikaakwa, meaning wild onions, by the Mihtohseeniaki and Illiniwek, but it became known as Chicago, a mispronunciation of the original name for the place.   Based on Lake Michigan, it has always been a natural port location, and remains such to this day.  After the devastation of the Chicago Fire of 1871, the city rebuilt to become now in 2011 the third largest city in the USA.

In my journeys, my husband and I settled for 14 months in Chicago, doing inter-city and homeless ministry.  We dwelt in an old 1920's hotel in Uptown Chicago, and were a short walk from Graceland and Saint Boniface Cemeteries.   It is well worth touring on foot the cemeteries, to see up close and personal the lasting monuments of Chicago's history and periods of architecture.  If shopping is your thing, check out the Unique and Salvation Army thrift stores and the shops of Little Thailand, Little India, and Chinatown.  Lakeshore's bike paths are a joy, and the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is free, is a blast, but for two travelers with a heart left in Dine Bikeyah, Shikaakwa is no place to stay for long.

~ Traveller Gal, out!