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It’s a Wonderful Life…

The road is calling and so is the Holy Spirit! This is the longest I’ve gone without being on the road since 2011. It has been a time of physical healing and lots of preparation. It’s all been great but there’s a time for everything and now is the time to go.

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I leave June 3 and won’t return until mid August. I’m returning to the Choctaw Reservation in Mississippi for the third year doing a Biblically based Sports Camp. Going with me this year is my home church, Pisgah Baptist from Forest Hill. From there I’ll head to South Dakota. North Monroe Baptist Church and I are returning for the fourth year to the Cheyenne River Reservation for our annual Biblically based Basketball Camp. Then on to the Colville Reservation in Washington State where Twin Bridges Baptist Church and I are returning for the fourth year. This year we will be doing an Upwards style Basketball Camp as well as Bible Study with the teens and adults there. Next on the agenda is the Hoopa Reservation in California. Old Saline Baptist Church is joining me there for the second year to bring a Biblically based Sports Camp to the children and teens on the Rez. The new reservation on the list this year is the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Pastor Chris Morris and New Life International Outreach have agreed to help in providing an Evangelistic Tent Revival there. We will also be offering a Backyard Bible Club for the children.

The summer ahead is going to be filled with hard work, lots of sweat and nights falling into bed (or onto an air mattress) exhausted. The days will be filled with the sweet sounds of children laughing, fussing, arguing and worshipping. Life will move at a rapid pace some days and at a snail’s pace others.

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It’s a hectic, busy, fun, tiring, exciting way to live and work but I wouldn’t have it any other way because it’s a wonderful life!

Please keep this ministry in your prayers. Pray for traveling safety for myself and all of my teams. Pray for our finances and our health. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to go ahead of us and prepare the hearts and minds of everyone we come in contact with. Pray that my teams and I have soft hearts that are open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Thank you for your prayers and support. I’ll keep you all posted through Facebook and Blog entries. God bless you all!


A Native American Christmas

Native American Christmas Traditions

In the past, winter months were times for story telling and rest. The first Americans believed that as the earth rests so should we.

 Public feasts in any season of the year are of great importance to American Indians. As social events they hold the tribe together. People can meet and talk, with no distractions of work needing to be done, other than the kitchen. Their hearts are warmed by all the activity and hard attitudes soften. Feasts are also a good time for young people to see and meet each other. They break up what would otherwise be a very hard life, filled with the everyday work of staying alive.

 Tribal dances are an important part of American Indian tradition. Participation in these dances sometimes prepares individuals for a task, or adds to the celebration of a particular event. The historical story of the tribe is often seen in the dances — they are very sacred to the Native Americans.

 Many Native American people found that the story of Christmas and Christ’s birth fulfilled tribal prophecies and found the message to be consistent with the truth that was handed down by their ancestors.

 Over time other social customs that were introduced to them by the European missionaries have become adapted to the native cultures and are an integral part of Tribal Christmas traditions today, just as they are in most non-Indian homes.

Christmas Carols

 According to Huron tradition, around 1640-41, a Jesuit missionary priest wrote their first Christmas Carol. The Huron built a small chapel of fir trees and bark in honor of the manger at Bethlehem.

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin wrapped His beauty ‘round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh, The angel song rang loud and high:
Jesus, your King is born, Jesus is born, In excelsis gloria.

The animals at the manger were the Fox, the Buffalo and the Bear. The Huron also made a traditional tent of skins and their nativity figures were all dressed as Native Americans.

Gifts and Dancing

Many tribes have the custom of a dance on Christmas Eve or Christmas, where gifts are offered at the Manger.

Other gift bringers come at different times of the year, often in the summertime, but the gifts are always a part of American Indian culture. Gifts are appropriate whenever the tribal gathering occasion is social or ceremonial.

 In many other tribes there are many representations of gifts brought to the people.

God’s Gift of Life

 Native Americans believe that all life is a gift from the Creator. They feel that our time on this earth is but a dance and that if you listen to the wind and the sounds of the earth, you realize that there is a song being sung each day.

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