Hope on Horseback

Hope on Horseback


Around the world, Adventist education
serves as a platform of opportunity for thousands of students. Schools provide quality education
to inspire a brighter future. Beyond that, Adventist education shares
an even greater hope with its students: a hope in Jesus. In many cases, students have come
to know a loving God through caring and thoughtful teachers. Across the North American Division, there are more than 1,100 Adventist
primary and secondary schools. This territory spans over 12 time zones from Bermuda in the east,
to Palau in the west. This gives Adventist schools
the opportunity to serve students from various backgrounds and communities. In the Southwestern region
of the United States, Holbrook Indian School focuses on
educating the local indigenous people. This school was established
as a mission school for the unreached native groups
of the south-west. The majority of students
who come to Holbrook are not Adventist and may have never
even heard the gospel message. Many come from environments
where they face negative influences, and some of these children grow up thinking drugs, alcohol,
abuse and neglect are normal. Their experience at Holbrook
gives them a new perspective where they find caring teachers and staff, a place where they can just be kids, and a place where they meet Jesus. Today, Holbrook is teaching students
from grades 1 to 12 in practical ways. Their educational program
has four pillars: physical health, mental health, spiritual health and academic achievement. Each component is fundamental
to the students’ learning experience. In addition to core subjects, they offer classes
like native cultural studies, welding, woodworking, auto repair, agriculture, pottery and horsemanship. I don’t want to be
stuck on the reservation because once you’re on the reservation, you stay on the reservation. And I want to start something new. The one thing my grandpa taught me
is that God’s there for you. You just keep looking forward,
don’t look backwards. That’s why I came to Holbrook
and Holbrook’s been my home. When I’m riding horses, it just feels amazing
because it’s silent, it’s peaceful. The only thing you can hear
is just the birds chirping and the breeze on the leaves. I feel more myself. I mean, I conquered my fears
on riding horses and stuff. I have no reason to be scared of a horse because they’re just… horses. When I run, it just feels like home to me. I just like the smell of the trees, and I like the feeling of the dirt. My brothers, they drink, and they smoke. I don’t like that so I try to get away from it
as much as possible. I decided I wanted to come to Holbrook, and when I got there,
I noticed it was different. I noticed the kids there
were a lot more different. They weren’t so mean or so irritating. The teachers too.
They were really different. They didn’t seem so mean.
They just seemed calm and nice. They really help you
with all your stuff, your education. I believe that this school
provides more than just 100 percent. And I like that. It’s awesome. Holbrook Indian School
continues to give students the chance to create a better future
and find hope in Jesus. Please pray for this school and others
across the North American Division, and thank you for supporting mission!

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