About La Vida Mission
Situated on 180 acres of high desert, the mission is in the checkerboard region of the Navajo nation between Crown Point (33 mi.) and Farmington (55 mi.). Most of our students come from those areas, though some come from as far away as Durango, CO. We accept both day and boarding students for no charge -- they pay exactly nothing (no tuition fees, no boarding fees, no meal fees). We provide a Christian education, balanced meals and home-style dorm housing thanks to our generous donors.
In addition to the K - 8 grade school with large gymnasium and playground, several other buildings enhance the campus. Those include a cafeteria, mission offices with community mailroom, 8 duplexes for staff housing, dorms, a church, a clinic, greenhouses, and a horse barn with arena.
The elementary school provides high quality learning opportunities in a Christian environment, and the dormitories give kids from far away a chance to attend the school. Beginning in Kindergarten, each student receives nine years of solid learning. Education at La Vida is well rounded—in addition to classroom activities, the students learn about greenhouses and cultivate their own physical potential on the playground and in the gym. We also offer music and art classes. Our students tend to come back to visit year after year, which attests to the success of the experience they’ve received at our school.
At La Vida, we follow the teaching of the Bible: children are trained in the way of the Lord so that they will not part from it when they are older. In addition to Bible class, we have a Wednesday night prayer meeting. Monday morning chapel is an important part of the week. The children at La Vida enjoy doing Bible studies as well.
A full-time Family Practice Nurse Practitioner resides on campus and provides assistance to students, community and staff. The clinic can handle sick call and urgent care patients. Our Optical Clinic provides services for the school, staff, and community. Dental students from Loma Linda University hold regular dental clinics for staff and community.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church at La Vida—in addition to the other community services the Mission provides—is our way of sharing the message of Christ’s love and His plan for our salvation. The weekly Sabbath-school and church services are provided for the community and staff at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. There is a Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and our resident Pastors host a Friday evening fellowship dinner and vesper service for both staff and community. The Church is actively involved in community outreach.
The Mission provides mail service to about 60 local Navajo families. Many of our neighbors receive mail at our post office box, as the Post Office does not deliver in our rural area. Our staff regularly makes the trip to Farmington to pick up mail at the post office, then sort it and put it in locked mail boxes for pick up. We sell stamps and phone cards at cost. During office hours, locals can send and receive faxes, make copies, and we make our phone available for calls as many of our local community do not have phone service.
We also provide water for the local community. Many homes in the area do not have running water. On any day of the week, people tap our hydrant and fill their 50-500 gallon tanks with water from God’s well, which has been flowing faithfully for 30 years. We provide shower and laundry facilities at no charge.
On Wednesdays and Sundays the Dorcas is open for the community to purchase clothing, toys, food and other items at a steep discount. We receive numerous donations from individuals and churches in support of this outreach.