Darrell and Porter are also working together to take Red Lake youth on a road trip to Colorado. There, the most directly affected youth will meet with Columbine survivors and counselors. “Maybe they can open up to people they don’t know as well, people who’ve been there,” says Darrell.

 

A coach bus has been donated for the journey and enough counselors have volunteered so that each student would be one on one or one on two with an adult. With that in place, Darrell is on to the next step of his planning—finding sponsors for the teens to defer the travel costs, room, and board.

 

But Darrell isn’t just looking to serve the kids in the short term. He carries a vision of establishing a school for Native American students that not only emphasizes excellent academics, but also honors the culture of the Native American people.

 

Darrell has been planning this school for some time. He believes consistent discipleship of youth is the future of his people. “This is where we will get our leaders,” says Darrell. “We will teach them about Jesus and train them up to be productive servants.”

 

The shooting has brought the plans for the school to the forefront. “Some of these kids are too traumatized to return to the high school right now,” says Darrell. “We need to get this school going for them.” In typical Darrell fashion, he’s gathered a team who are meeting this summer to plan the school. The school will have both classroom and home school components as well as a discipleship course for parents.

 

In the midst of all his working and planning, Darrell continues to do what he does best. He meets regularly with students who witnessed the shooting. “We just hang out. We talk and I pray for them.”

 

Darrell’s passion, humility, and love for his people are an encouragement to Porter and the many Darrell’s ministry touches. “I believe God is raising up this man for such a time as this,” says Porter. “We need to offer him our support and prayers.”


To help Darrell’s plans become a reality, you may donate to the First Nations Ministries. Darrell is also looking for teams to help build the buildings needed for the school. You may contact Darrell Auginash at darrella@paulbunyan.net, call him at 218-586-3334, or write First Nations Ministries, 11559 Sandpiper Rd NE, Bemidji, Mn 56601. For a more detailed look at the Red Lake tragedy and its comparisons to Columbine, visit Torchgrab ministries at http://www.torchgrab.org/redlake.htm.

 

A mother of four, Paula Moldenhauer writes from her home in Colorado. Her website, www.soulscents.us offers a free weekly devotional as well as Christian book reviews, home schooling hints, and a parenting page. You can contact Paula at Paula@soulscents.us