Joshua Valdez says his city is a place of emotional and spiritual darkness. It’s a melting pot of culture and religion. Its residents are mostly Hispanic and Navajo, and the Navajo are very much “a forgotten people,” said Joshua, who also has both heritages.
The people have one common struggle – they often battle feelings of despair or worthlessness. He observes that as a church planter and at his job as an intervention specialist at a local high school.
“I see the hopelessness of the youth,” he said. “Most of them are coming from really rough situations.”
But many have grown to trust Joshua and visit his church plant, Higher Ground Church. During youth group gatherings there, he intentionally teaches the Bible verse by verse. Many are hearing it for the first time, and it’s changing their lives.
- For more students to join Joshua’s Bible studies
- For the members of Higher Ground Church to be a light to their community
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Brandon Elrod writes for the North American Mission Board.)