Lummi nation short-term missions trip 2019
We have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the Lummi Nation community alongside MTW missionaries in Washington state
During July 6-13, 2019, New Life Pres had the opportunity serve MTW missionaries Michael & Lindie Wadhams and Todd & Cindy Sproull in Washington state near the Canadian border. Our intention is to build relationships of trust and to show the Lummi people God demonstrated in our lives. Our ministry varies from manual labor around the community, Vacation Bible School, sports outreach, home visitations, Bible studies and mentoring, and arts and crafts ministry for residing seniors.
The Lummi Reservation is located on Puget Sound near the Canadian border. Roughly 6,590 people reside on the reservation, 2,564 of whom are enrolled tribal members. Through many years of mercy ministry by returning MTW short-term teams, God has been opening doors to share the Gospel with the Lummi Nation. And now, by His grace, we have two missionary families residing on site.
Culture & People
Traditionally, the day-to-day activities of the Lummi people included, collecting shellfish, gathering plants and various species of berries, and, most importantly, salmon fishing. The Lummi developed a fishing technique called “reef netting”, which was used for taking large quantities of fish in salt water. The Lummi have reef nets set on Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lummi Island, Fidalgo Island, Portage Island, and near Point Roberts and Sandy Point.
The language, custom, and philosophy of life on the Lummi Reservation are unique. Throughout time, the traditions of the Lummi were passed down from elder to child, surviving the ages. Respect for their heritage and for one another are the cornerstones of this community. Although both the Catholic and Shaker churches are located on the reservation, few Lummi will profess to believe in anything other than their own native beliefs, namely worshipping Animistic spirits. Non-public dances and ceremonies are held throughout the year to appease supernatural forces thought to control daily activities. They believe that spirituality is central to the health of their youth, adults, elders, families, and tribe.