Growing with God

Ben Gallagher-Horn remembers his earliest experience, at age 9, with Indian Youth Camp. Now the worship director for the nonprofit, he recalls, “I was not the greatest camper,” but continues, “IYC made the difference in my life.”

Gallagher-Horn returned to IYC as a volunteer before leading the worship team and serving on the youth leadership team. Today, he’s also a youth and worship pastor at Four Winds Assembly of God Church in Browning.

Indian Youth Camp empowers Indigenous youth to spark change in their lives and nations. The annual week of camp brings Native American kids across Montana together for fun and to bring them closer to Christ. The camp also helps youth develop confidence and leadership skills through its June program at Glacier Bible Camp.

Richard Stewart, IYC director, has led the program for more than 30 years, growing the camp from 60 students to 300. “IYC is a family,” Stewart says. “So many people are involved. About half of our board of directors are Native American men and women who grew up and later served in camp.”

Stewart traveled the state last fall on a tour to churches funded by the Gianforte Family Foundation. Visits included speaking, worship, and “connecting kids to a place with discipleship,” he says. Through the camp, “one life at a time is being changed.” Stewart says.

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