Lapwai United Methodist Church is located in Lapwai, Idaho, near the Nez Perce Indian reservation. More than half of the 20 active members are Native American. Worship services often include hymns translated into the Nez Perce language. Many of the church members also participate in the tribal circle of elders and hold positions within the tribe. This year, the weekly Bible study is on the Book of Romans, which the Rev. Stephen Kingsley says is inspiring faith and deeper devotion in God’s grace. The Rev. Kingsley baptized nine Native children this past Easter.
Homelessness is a big challenge on the reservation. The church members actively provide meals for those in need. The church also serves as a meeting place for people overcoming addictions.
The church is in need of a van to help get children to church on Sundays. In addition, funding is needed to help repair and maintain the two church buildings.