Now Accepting – SLAM Trips Inquires and Registration for Spring/Summer 2024

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We want you to rest assured that safety is our #1 priority for your child. We have firm boundaries and procedures in place to make sure that safety happens… read more>>


We believe that Creator has some great things in store for you during your week on the Yakama Reservation. But be warned! You’ll probably NEVER be the same! read more>>


We are excited to meet you and share this experience! Our hope is that you come with a flexible and a teachable spirit and an eager heart, and that you connect with Creator… read more>>

Why We’re Different


Word On The Street


“SLAM has given our youth ministry a structure and vision for service and mission in cross-cultural settings. Our students have been transformed by the experiences, relationships and opportunities given to them through SLAM.”

~ Amy Jayne, Youth Pastor at Cascade Covenant Church, North Bend, WA.

“After my experience, I immediately wanted to return because I felt like the experience was deeply personal and yet far bigger than myself, my youth group, and my community as a whole. Sign up for SLAM Trips today!”

~ Quinn Leach, Student at First Covenant Church, Seattle, WA.

“I don’t even want to call it a mission trip because it was so much more than that. You guys are doing something very unique and amazing and it excites me to know that there are people and organizations like this in the family of Christ. I know we’ll be coming back in the near future.”

~ Jon Silva, Youth Pastor at Calvary Chapel Salem, Salem, Or.

” I believe our youth came away from the experience with a better understanding of the history of division between our cultures and a greater appreciation for the beliefs and values we hold in common. The lessons we learned in the Yakama Nation will serve us well no matter where we go.”

~ Pastor David Eppilsheimer, Community of Christ Church, Hillsboro, Or.

“…We have built a relationship to keep learning and serving; bridging two cultures together and glorifying God in the process, I look forward to returning year after year!”

~ April Leingang, Youth Director at Calvary Baptist Church, Renton, WA.

“Working with SLAM and Mending Wings Ministries was one of the best trips our group has ever taken. Our core goals of mission, relationship, cultural immersion, and ministry were met beyond expectation. The staff integrated right into our team, and flexible enough to make it be “our” program, not “their” program. The projects allowed our 6 work teams to build relationships with the home owners, not just projects for them. The merging of cultures and faith practices was a wonderful example of the belief we are all God’s children. Our youth came home very changed and eager to go again!!”

~ Dave Laurvick, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, CO.

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Where We Are


The Yakama Reservation lies along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Yakima River in south-central Washington. There are fourteen tribes and bands that make up the Yakama Nation. read more >>

Contact Information


Darren Begay

Mending Wings
P.O. Box 324
Wapato, WA 98951

Cell  509-930-7558

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