The White Mountain Apache Tribe Needs Our Help

Dear People of Saint Luke’s,
    In this difficult time for so many, we are still called to help those in need around us.
    Monte Anderson, the Chair of St Luke’s Native American Ministry, shared with me this letter from the Rev. Debbie Royals, Director of the Diocese Council for Native American Ministry:
    “The Council for Native American Ministry continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in our Native American communities. You may be aware that the White Mountain Apache tribe is currently listed as having the highest number of positive cases per capita of any tribe in AZ. They are struggling to care for the high number of individuals infected and those who are in quarantine. I have been in touch directly with Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood and her first response to me was that we (the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona) are an answer to their prayers. We have been sending up hand sanitizer and masks as well as water and other items as we were made aware of their needs. She has presented a list of items they need, and we have made plans to deliver what we collect directly to Whiteriver at the end of this month .”
    Would you like to help our brothers and sisters of the White Mountain Apache Tribe?
    If so, here is the list of items that they need currently are:
    • Water
    • Cleaning Supplies
    • Personal Hygiene items including diapers, depends as well as underwear in all sizes
    • Non-perishable food items (for people in quarantine) to include soups, meats, peanut butter etc.
    • Thermometers
    • Level 1 and 2 Sterile gowns for their hospital

    Our plan is to gather whatever items listed above you can get together and deliver your items to St Luke’s on Wednesday, July 29 from 8 AM to noon. The Wooden box we ordinarily use in our Gathering Hall for food donation will be available in our Parking Lot, so you can safely bring your donations.

    Monte will be at Church on Wednesday afternoon with some of the other members of the St. Luke’s Native American Ministry to sort and collect the items. He will deliver them to Good Shepherd of the Hills in Cave Creek the following day. Then, Good Shepherd will be trucking donations on to the reservation on Friday, July 31.

    I would like to share Monte’s words:   It has been a trying time for all of us. Helping those who truly cannot help themselves at this time is a task we should complete. The White Mountain Apaches will benefit. I think we will benefit even more.

    You can also make a monetary donation, before the 28, to help buy some of the desired items of the list.


    How to give:

    •  You can directly deposit your donation of cash or check in the church mailbox located near the office (checks written to St Luke’s, with NAM or Native American Ministry in the memo line).
    • Of course, you can mail your donation.
    • You can make an online donation by visiting our website or using the following link: Then select Outreach, and in the Memo add NAM.

    Whatever you can give, either in kind or money, will be a blessing for the tribe, and a way to share the love of the Lord.


    Hoping that we will be getting together for church services soon.

    God Bless us all.

    Fr. Pierre-Henry Buisson +