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It’s been a great few days on the rez…

Today we had three children show up for Sunday School here on the rez!  That may not sound like many to you but believe me, it’s a big deal.  The children also had a knowledge of Jesus and what He did on the cross and that was encouraging as well!

Wednesday night there were three of us that met for prayer meeting. We three discussed enough to make us all go home and continue seeking God for truth.  That’s the kind of Bible study I love…when everyone contributes and learns from each other.

Mr. Ed is still in the hospital but doing much better…the young lady who was beat up Wednesday is also better.  She is still pretty traumatized but that is starting to heal as well.

I made a trip to see my friend, Bernadine and her family on the Menominee reservation.  Bernie is a believer on a reservation with very few believers but she doesn’t let that stop her.  She’s got a love for the Lord and is teaching her niece and nephews about Jesus and the Word.  I’m so proud of how determined she is to follow through!  During our visit we took a trip to the cemetery (yep, another one!) to visit her mother’s grave.  I got this shot of Bernie with her niece Evian and her nephews Jarel and Jayquan while there.

The last few days have been beautiful so I took a quick trip to Madeline Island. There were very few people there since summer hasn’t arrived but I like it that way.  It was just me and beautiful Lake Superior.

I came upon an old church and…..another cemetery while on the island.

Right before I left to catch the ferry back to the mainland, I came upon this incredible wooded area.  It looked to me as if they were the woods straight from a fairy tale… Hey, your imagination runs wild when you are all alone on a practically deserted island!

Then, on the way home, I discovered this crazy collectibles shop. It was closed but all I wanted were some good photos! Here’s one of them…

Finally, I made a mad dash home so that I could capture the sun setting on Lac du Flambeau.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Here’s another look…

Then, as I was about to walk away, this caught my eye.  Dare I say…smoke signals?  You decide!

 So, all in all it has been a great week!!!  I can’t wait to see what next week has in store for us here on the rez.

The true picture…

There are no photographs today.  Just some information you may not know. I never know how much to mention concerning some of what goes on in the lives of the people on these reservations. There’s a fine line between information and invasion of privacy.

Yes, it’s beautiful here and I get a little time here and there to enjoy the scenery, but life on any reservation is hard. Yesterday a 12 year old girl that I have come to know was drug behind a building by two 14 year old boys. Waiting for her behind the building was another 12 year old girl who proceeded to beat her black and blue just because she didn’t like her.

Another family just found out that their grandchild is being sexually abused by someone in the family. One 34 year old young man I have gotten to know has six children, no job and his wife is in prison.

This is just an example of life on the reservation. The small band of believers here feels overwhelmed…they don’t know where to start to make a difference. Please pray for them and for all the others affected by life here and on all the reservations throughout the United States.

An eventful couple of days…

It’s been an eventful couple of days on the rez.  Monday night I got a call from Mrs. Virginia telling me that her husband, Mr. Ed had been rushed to the emergency room.  It was about 9:30 p.m.  I called a couple of the church members and headed to the hospital. I stayed until they admitted him at about 2:00 a.m.  He was doing better but they are unsure of what is going on.  Mrs. Virginia and I visited for quite a while.  Mr. Ed is the love of her life and her best friend; yet, in the midst of his sickness, they are both still overcome with longing for their Native brothers and sisters to come to Christ.  It is their constant prayer.  I pray that God will place that kind of longing for others in my heart!  Here’s a picture of Mr. Ed with Mrs. Virginia and myself last summer.

Mr. Ed says that Jesus wants him in the hospital so he can witness to everyone he comes in contact with…and believe me, he is doing just that!!! Everyone wants to visit with him and God is using that.  I spent 2 hours at his bedside yesterday and enjoyed hearing of his past mission work with other Natives. What a mighty man of God!

Earlier that day, I had taken advantage of the beautiful weather and  unusually slow schedule for the day and took a drive to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior.  I thought I lived on a lake….then I saw Lake Superior.  It goes on forever and is so beautiful!

I came to the lovely town of Ashland, WI and got my first glimpse of Lake Superior at this beautiful dock.

 Then at this roadside park.

After a brief visit here, I headed on to Bayfield, a beautiful town right on Lake Superior where fishing is king!

Spring was showing up in Bayfield as well…

 After leaving Bayfield, I headed further north and accidentally discovered this little treasure on Lake Superior.  It is called Little Sands Bay…

It was extremely secluded and I only saw 4 people there.  One was in a boat and three more were construction workers toward the front of the property.  I was aware that it might be slightly dangerous for me to be there alone, but I was enjoying taking pictures so I ignored the potential danger and continued on…until I saw this…

Yep! That’s a bear track…and not an old one.  I decided then that it was time to go.

I stopped again at Meyer’s Beach…another secluded area…and then headed for home.  On the way home I came upon another cemetery and had to stop if for no other reason than to get a shot of all the purple flowers.

Two and a half hours later I was back home and three hours after that I was at the hospital.

Wherever He leads I’ll go

God has called me to minister to the Native American communities throughout North America and Canada.  I have answered that call with, “Yes Lord” and have made my motto, “Wherever He leads I’ll go.”

After three mission trips to reservations in South Dakota and Wisconsin, I have learned that I am to work with the women and children on the reservations.  My goal is to be prepared for any ministry a reservation pastor or congregation may need, which includes – conducting Bible Schools, Back Yard Bible Clubs and Women’s Bible Studies.

I will often be going in alone to work with people one on one. At other times I am leading teams to serve with me at day camps and Vacation Bible School’s for at least a week at a time during the summer months.  I am also working in tandem with Randy Carruth of IAmAble Ministries, where I will be serving, in any capacity in which I am needed, at large Native American gatherings.

Blessings,

Terry Tanner

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