Willie and Lena Tsosie

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Willie and Lena completed their courses of study at the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, Arizona, and have been active in ministry among the Navajo people ever since. Willie has worked with Navajos in small groups in Gallup, New Mexico, and in Kachina Village in Flagstaff, Arizona. Willie also taught at Indian Bible College in Flagstaff for four years. In addition, he took on the chairmanship of Western Navajo Bible Fellowship Incorporated, which consists of 27 sound, Bible-believing churches on the western Navajo Reservation. From 1988 to 1993 he pastored First Baptist Church in Tuba City, Arizona, and from 1993 to 2004 he planted a church (Kaibeto Baptist Church) in Kaibeto, Arizona. From 2005 on he has been working with the new church planting location at Mesa View Baptist church in Black Mesa, Arizona. He knows firsthand the urgent need for planting sound, Bible-believing churches on the Navajo Reservation. Willie and Lena have been with Missions Door since 1993. Willie and Lena's desire is to plant new churches and come alongside established but struggling assemblies. Through an established church-planting team they plan to bring sound, Bible-based teaching, create strong leadership and build permanent facilities for gatherings. They believe Christ is the real answer in reaching out to Natives who are satanically confused and in bondage to sin.

Faith Story

Willie and Lena Tsosie were born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, and they were raised in the tradition of their people. Both accepted Christ during their high school years. Willie is concerned because the Native religion is strongly emphasized, and culturally-related hindrances to Christ's church are readily condoned. The Native American church (drug use is required in worship) has become the norm, and cults are moving onto the reservations. In addition, economic and social changes are taking place as more and more Navajo people have been paralyzed with alarming financial and domestic problems. Emotionally-charged churches, mixed with pagan beliefs and worship, are widespread on the reservations; many are in serious trouble or have closed.

Family

Willie and Lena were married in 1976 and have four children: Angela, Alana, Avadina and Avery. Angela is married to Clifton Askan and has two children: Julina and Taylor. Alana is marriage to Keidrick June and has two children: Kamya and Kayomi.

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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
Specialized Ministries

Ministry location:
Arizona, United States