Often, we only look at one side of the story. In today’s generation, we grow
up thinking Native Americans are nothing more than a romantic part of our history; an ancient people that have been wiped out and lost beneath the foundations of today’s fast paced culture. We want to help people slow down and ask “What do Native Americans have to say?” We believe that, due to historical and current circumstances, the Native voice has been silenced. We seek to see these voices become an important part of this country and its churches. It’s easy to become an activist for Native Americans but, we need to realize, we are first and foremost advocates of Jesus Christ.
Here are some of our dreams:
You lifted me from the Grave
Like the disappearing winds of yesterday’s past,
so my deeds dissolve away when the Lord lays His hand upon me
Such was I, a drunkard, roaming the empty streets
of some distant faraway town,
not knowing the truth and where it can be found.
But, I heard the sound of Your sweet voice when I was on the ground.
You lifted me from the grave and set my feet on solid rock,
never to be undermined.
By Merwyn Arnold George
. I believe we cannot fully see the beauty of God in the Native American world in North America if we try to make them white. We recognize that all stages of a human growth can get messy. There are poopy diapers and burping the baby and cleaning up throw ups. And the babies don’t always turn out to be clean-cut teen-agers without any problems.
We need to let the Native American believers work this out for themselves, what they can do for themselves just as churches had to work through whether can have guitars, drum sets, speaking in tongues etc. Is it bearing fruit? This is the question. Do they give their allegiance to the only Son of God? Do they love others and tell others of the origin of their joy, their peace and their love? Then, as much as it may bug us, we ought to bless them. So, it is with our Native American people’s spiritual walk. (From the book: The Great Eagle Calling by Millie Toms- Chapter 16)