|Location||Within 3 hours of the Phoenix airport|
|Language||English, Native Language|
|Religion||Native American-Catholic syncretism|
|Climate||Desert (hot summers, temperate winters, mostly arid)|
|Population||200,000 plus in the Western U.S.|
|Ethnic Groups||Tohono O'Odham, Navajo, Pima, Apache, other|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure location||Hotel accomodations provided|
|Meals:||Meals provided||Meals provided|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once on location you will receive three meals a day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare/ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
English and Native American are both languages your group might encounter while serving at a US Reservation.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in these locations just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in these locations ensure there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams.
These locations have their fair share of venomous animals. However, only a few are considered potentially life-threatening to most people. Nonetheless, it pays to be cautious. Scorpions and rattlesnakes are what we watch for the most. Should any concern arise, your PPM staff are well-prepared to handle such situations.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation. You may either drive your church vehicles or rent from the airport.
Please plan to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport (PHX). You should be in communication with your PPM trip consultant as you make your travel arrangements.
Praying Pelican Missions will provide safe food to eat and safe water to drink. In places where plumbing is suspect, PPM will provide purified water to drink.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.
Since we work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to US Reservations
Praying Pelican has established relationships with multiple Native American nations previously closed to missions. The following are examples of just a few. Your consultant will match your team to the appropriate and available people group. The following are just examples:
Tohono O'odham is the third biggest reservation in the U.S, it is about the size of the state of Connecticut. This tribe was not moved and they lived there for hundreds of years. This people group has it's own language (spoken and written), have a unique music called "chicken Scratch", and are considered among the best basket makers in the world. The famous "White dove of the desert" mission church is located on the reservation and is known for its incredible beauty and architecture.
The Navajo Reservation is the largest in the U.S in both population and size, there are around 300,000 people with the land size similar to West Virginia. Currently PPM is serving in the town of Many Farms that is near the town of Chinle. The Navajo reservations actually spread across a four state region of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
The Gila River Reservation (Pima) is located near Phoenix and about an hour from Tucson. Located in the tiny village of Sacaton Flats, teams will be serving with the local church.
The days are warm to hot and sunny while the evenings are cool and comfortable due to the dry desert climate. Each reservation speaks a combination of English and native languages. As far as safety goes, taking common sense precautions is key in prevention of any unfortunate happenings.
Each reservation relies on a combination of industry, arts, and tourism to drive their economy.
Enjoy a variety of Southwestern flavors and American styled food. The area has much to explore, from the wonder of the desert (at the Tohono Chul Park or the Arizona-Sonora Desert museum) to the wonder of the skies (at the Pima Air & Space Museum) and the galaxy (check out the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory).
Many of the Native American tribes have lived in or been transplanted to Arizona and the Four Corners region during the settlement of the west. Though Christianity is found within these tribes, most retain much of their tribal religious views.