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God loves variety…

After the camp at Pine Ridge I spent a few more days there.  I enjoyed the company of two friends…Linda (the Horse Lady) and LaDonna.  Linda is from Tennessee and has the ministry “Gaits to Heaven”.  She and her friend Icy Wilson are currently having a horse camp on the reservation.  It was good to see Linda and LaDonna again.

LaDonna’s husband is Lakota and can trace his ancestry back to Wounded Knee.

We visited…you guessed it…a cemetery!

Then it was time to head out.  I decided to stop at Sheep Mountain in the southern section of the Badlands…this area never ceases to amaze me.

Finally, I headed on to Rapid City where I bought four new tires…ouch!  Another day and a lot of dollars later I found myself in Montana…beyond beautiful drive!

Then I got to go to Glacier National Park.  I drove the “Going to the Sun” road in the park where I saw even more natural beauty…

 From the Badlands to the Rocky Mountains…God obviously loves variety and so do I!  But one morning this week I woke up thinking about all of the Native children I’ve worked with and am going to work with.  I realized that, yes, I love seeing God’s love of variety in nature but even more beautiful is the variety in the people He created.  Our differences are vast but one thing remains the same…we are ALL God’s children and He created us with wondrous variety for a reason…to glorify Him in the way we were were created!

I’m headed to Ft. Belknap reservation in the morning.  Please pray that many Native leaders rise up among these children as a result of our work there.  I’ll keep you posted.

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  1. Jerry W Doyle said:

    Terry,

    I enjoy immensely reading about your missionary work and travels to reach the fertile grounds of those to whom you spread the good news.

    The rural areas where most reservations exist offer premium time for you to clear your mind of the many cobwebs giving yourself unadulteratedly to God in prayer. Too often our prayers to God are in public places, or in noisy rooms, or spoken where many Christians gather distracting us too often in reaching that closeness with Him in prayer. That is ok, but I know when I go hiking in the backcountry and into the wilderness on my hikes that I feel the way our Lord and Savior must have felt in His desire to withdraw to lonely places and pray. (Luke 5:16).

    I believe deeply that Jesus sought solitude purposely so that he could concentrate fully on the power of prayer. It is for this reason that I often do not make a public display of prayer, and seeking the solitude as Jesus did is where I feel closeness with God in prayer.

    I beseech you to do what Jesus did in making a deliberate effort to spend time with God by taking advantage of the beautiful backcountry where you are spreading the gospel. When we study about Jesus, we find that he spent regular time in solitude with God, praying and listening. Mark tells us that Jesus would arise early in the morning while still dark to go out into solitary places to pray. (Mark 1:35)

    When I am hiking deep in the woods, far into the backcountry and during those rare periods when I truly can get into the wilderness such as in Alaska and Canada to escape, I feel closer to God spiritually then at any other time. You can do the same.

    I read recently that if Jesus, the Son of God, the sinless Savior of humankind, thought it worthwhile to clear His calendar to pray, then wouldn’t it be wise for us to do the same when we pray? Do it Terry.

    God Bless….
    Jerry D

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  2. Jerry,

    Thank you so much for the reminder to use that time wisely. God has given me such a tremendous blessing by allowing me to work with these wonderful people and experience all of these wonderful places…sometimes I get so caught up in “the moment” that I don’t take advantage of rejoicing in it through prayer.

    As always, you make me stop and consider and I appreciate that!

    Blessings to you,

    Terry

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