ABOUT MENDING WINGS
The Story of our Beginning
My people were here long before
the others cast their sails to the wind
Before the tears of innocence
like a heartbreak would descend
My people spread like eagles wings
across the mountains and the plains
Now our feathers have been broken,
but the eagle still remains
As this Bill Miller song played over and over in my heart, Creator softly told me that this was what I was to be in the habit of doing—mending wings. Mending the wings of our people so that we can fly again. With that, Mending Wings was born.
Gina and I stand amazed and humbled by the goodness of Creator when we see all that Mending Wings has become, and is becoming, since our humble beginnings in 2006. We are experiencing a move of Creator in our hearts, and in our organization, and we are excited to see where He will take us in the future. We invite you to join us in praying for increased wisdom and spiritual insight as we wait on Creator for His direction and clarity of vision. He is so good, and we are expecting to be overcome by that goodness.
Please feel free to contact us if we can ever be of service to you in any way.
Board of Directors
(Chairman, Board of Directors)
Lenore Three Stars
(Secretary, Board of Directors)
Lenore was born on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where her father was born. Her mother is Minnecoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation. She received her BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO and moved to Washington State where she reared her son. Lenore retired from a civil rights career of resolving discrimination complaints with the US Dept of Education in Seattle, and moved to Spokane where she is Unci (grandmother) to her takojas (grandkids).
Lenore was elected to the Board of Directors for Mending Wings in 2013 where she serves as Secretary. Currently, Lenore is a part-time grad student (Master of Arts Intercultural Studies, North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies through George Fox University). She also serves on the board of Three Generations, Ltd, a native nonprofit; as a Commissioner on the Washington State Human Rights Commission; on the Executive Board of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC); and on the ECC Christian Action Commission.
(President & Founder)
Corey has served as Youth Pastor for both the America Indian Evangelism Association/McKinley Indian Mission (where he pastored the largest Native American youth ministry in the Restoration Movement churches—Churches of Christ/Christian Church denominations—and the Central Washington Presbytery where he facilitated the growth of the largest Native American youth ministry in the Presbyterian Church, USA.
Corey is a gifted speaker who holds a passion for his people, and a deep love for Creator. He speaks at colleges, universities, churches, youth groups, and organizations across the U.S. He seeks to bring reconciliation between the Church and Native people by dealing with real issues, both historical and contemporary.
(Treasurer, Board Member)
(S.L.A.M. Trips Director)
After high school, Amanda attended the University of North Texas, and in the summer between her sophomore and junior year, she traveled to the Yakama Nation where she was introduced to the Yakama children, and saw an opportunity to both learn from them and they from her. The summer before her senior year, Amanda felt led once again to work with the Native American children, and so she took a year sabbatical from school and accepted an internship working with Mending Wings. This opportunity allowed her to live on the Yakama reservation in Washington for 9 months. There she worked alongside and built relationships with many incredible community leaders, and learned more about the Yakama culture and community. Amanda returned to school and received her bachelor of science in education with a focus in early childhood education. She then headed back to Washington were she accepted the position as S.L.A.M Trips Director.
Her journeys in life have led her into experiences and conversations that have sparked a deep excitement and desire in her to learn all that she can about people and how her Creator desires to see them bring glory to Him. She is extremely excited to be a part of Mending Wings through S.L.A.M. Trips and is having a blast living in community with the Yakama Nation! It is her hope to work alongside her Native American brothers and sisters to develop and direct mission trips that will forever change the perspective of herself and of fellow followers of the Jesus way.
Amanda stays involved with Mending wings through helping out at 4-1, hosting girls nights, and attending special events every now and then with our youth. She enjoys baking, exercise, and spending time outside in the sunshine!
Josephine was born in Yakima County in 1982. After 7 years of Young Life, she lost her best friend—her father. This major event taught her to value good life choices.
Josephine grew up in the Washaat religion along the Columbia River in the village known as Priest Rapids. This religion is very discipline-heavy, and the teachings are lifelong.
After graduating from White Swan High School in 2001, Josephine immediately enrolled in higher education at Columbia Basin College. From there, she transferred back to Yakima Valley Community College to finish her A.A degree. A short time later Josephine discovered that her passion at the time was to be an auto mechanic, specializing in electrical systems. At this point, she moved White Swan to finish her training at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. Josephine completed basic automotive training in 2004. It was in the same year that her first love came into her life—her first daugher, Carmen. Her passion in auto mechanics slowly faded as she developed a passion to work with children.
Since that time, work has a been a blessing and Josephine accepted her calling to apply all her energy to upcoming generations. It was in 2010 that Josephine and Carmen ventured forward to join the Church On The Rock, and both were water-baptized. A further blessing came along in the summer of 2012 when Josephine welcomed her second daughter, Kireen, into the world.
Along with two children, a passion for teaching and playing, Josephine found her love for the Lord and serving the people.
Aside from dreams and passions, Josephine enjoys writing freestyle poetry and singing with her two girls. To this day, Josephine works with all ages of kids in such things as: team-building, social skills, leadership, mentor-ship, and Sunday school lessons.
Josephine is co-Youth Pastor, alongside Corey Greaves, at Mending Wings and with the 4-1 Youth Group program.
(Meal Coordinator & Youth Leader)
Facilitate the passing of Yakama culture through elders to youth—teaching and encouraging language, bead-work, drumming, traditional Yakama songs, tule mat making, basket making, root digging, gathering, hunting and fishing.
To provide high school graduates with college opportunities through scholarships and leadership development.
To hold weekly youth group meetings, providing a safe, healthy environment where spirituality is taught and social issues for Native youth are discussed.
To empower Native youth culturally, economically, spiritually and socially through various programs that speak to each of these areas.
To provide leadership development through a Youth Council and training.
Our Spiritual Values
We believe that creator speaks to humankind through his Love Letter (i.e. the Bible), through creation and through others.
We believe that two-leggeds were made in the image of Creator, but ended up rejecting the path of beauty, thus wandering in darkness and alienation from Creator. Only through faith in Yeshua can that alienation be removed and the two-leggeds restored to the path of beauty once more. Yeshua performed the once-for-all ceremony through his death and resurrection. He broke the power death held over us and made a way for all tribes, nations and all creation to be whole again.
When did Mending Wings receive its IRS Certification?
In May of 2006 the IRS issued a determination letter recognizing Mending Wings as a 501c3 organization.
What does a 501c3, tax-exempt organization mean?
The term “tax-exempt,” when used in reference to nonprofit organizations, generally refers to the net profits (proceeds over and above expenses) of an organization being exempt from federal and/or state income tax. While a nonprofit organization can be established by incorporating, the entity is not automatically tax-exempt upon creation with the state. Tax-exemption can usually be achieved only through applying for and receiving Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approval.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes! Because we are a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, your donation is fully deductible to the full amount allowed by law. Please check with you tax preparer for specifics.