Indian Uprising

by | Sep 30, 2000 | Charisma Archive


Vincent Yellow Old Woman, Tom Black Eagle, Kenneth Pretty On Top, Gabe Medicine Eagle, Jerry Yellowhawk: names of long-gone Native American chiefs? No, they are a few of the courageous Native leaders who have for decades been serving Jesus among their people in North America. They also represent an emerging Native voice in the body of Christ.


In modern missions, no other people group is so uniquely positioned for world evangelism as First Nations people. Native Americans visiting any country of the world are immediately welcomed as special guests and treated with great respect. This presents a remarkable evangelistic opportunity.


However, for this to be fulfilled, stereotypes and misunderstandings in the church today about Native people must be removed. These include: Natives are on welfare; they receive big casino checks; they are poor, unmotivated and lack ambition; they have alcohol and abuse problems.


Yet the most crippling stereotype is the view that casts Native people as the “forgotten mission field”–a people still in great need of being reached with the gospel and forever in need of assistance and ministry by their Euro-American brothers and sisters. I believe the Spirit of God is challenging these misinformed and erroneous perceptions so that Native Americans can at last find their rightful place as co-equals with all Christians in Christ’s purposes for the nations.


Recently I led a Native American ministry team to Switzerland, Germany and France. We gave 25 ministry and cultural presentations in 19 days, in 13 cities. We danced, drummed and shared Christ in venues that included the World Expo, the International Children’s Festival, public schools, village community centers and many churches. On our team were Apache and Lakota pastors, a Pomo evangelist, an Ojibway elder and minister of 45 years, a Cherokee dancer, and a Mohawk worship leader.


At a park on Lake Geneva, in Switzerland, thousands of people were enjoying the sunshine. We dressed in regalia, set up our drums and did a dance presentation in the middle of a large grassy area.


In minutes, more than 350 people gathered around us. At the conclusion Pomo evangelist Ed LaRose gave an invitation, and 45 children came forward to pray and accept Jesus as Savior.


During a refugee outreach in Lausanne, more than 150 refugees from African, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Asian countries attended. After our message 41 people came forward to pray for the first time to receive Jesus.


Last year I led a team to China. Again we danced, drummed and shared Christ through our cultural expressions. Though we were prohibited by Chinese authorities to proclaim Jesus openly, the Spirit of God touched Chinese people.


One Chinese interpreter said to us, “Other performers good, but Indians–you are the best.” This was a significant compliment because more than 200 professional artists and performers from 20 countries participated in the festival.


Ed LaRose has preached the gospel in 32 countries. Carrier/Sekani Honorary Grand Chief Lynda Prince has directed a team of Native believers in leading the Feast of Tabernacles march in Jerusalem and drummed and sang in the Israeli Knesset the last two years. Terry LeBlanc of Mi’Kmaq/Acadian ancestry led a Native team who drummed and shared Christ among the Masi people of Tanzania.


On the global scene, the Spirit of God is using Native believers and their cultural expressions of drumming, dance, music and regalia to open the hearts of people to receive the gospel.


Do you see Native people as the mission field or as co-equal partners in reaching the nations for Jesus? Here is a community of believers poised for world mission, looking to partner with people to take advantage of this global opportunity.


My brothers and sisters, what can you do to partner with Native leaders to reach the nations through the bridge of their cultural expressions with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Richard Twiss is Rosebud Lakota/Sioux and the president of Wiconi International. He is a popular speaker, diversity-awareness trainer and author of One Church, Many Tribes (Renew). He lives in Washington state with his wife and four sons.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 9th: Advent Season, Micah 5:2-3

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 9th: Advent Season, Micah 5:2-3

Micah 5:2-3 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, although you are small among the tribes of Judah, from you will come forth for Me one who will be ruler over Israel. His origins are from of old, from ancient days. Therefore He will give them up, until the time when she who...

7 Different States of the Human Condition Related to God

7 Different States of the Human Condition Related to God

Read Time: 4 Minutes 14 Seconds The scripture teaches us that all humanity (at least subconsciously) knows God, which is why no one will have an excuse before the judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 1:20). God has also set an intuited sense of eternity in every human...

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Chris Reed's Prophetic Word Over China: Unprecedented mass protests are unfolding right now across China. The country is seeing the largest pushback in decades, following their "zero COVID strategy" still in place today. China's Communist Party has continued to...

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Read Time: 1 Minute 23 Seconds It’s a shocking statistic! More than 80 and up to 90% of children who grow up in church are leaving the church once they reach 18. Sadly, only 40% return, according to Focus on the Family. I believe, with prayer, we can defy those...

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the...

RECENT ARTICLES

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Read Time: 2 Minutes 2 Seconds Have you ever broken a bone? If so, you know what it’s like to go through a painful healing process. Consider what that might feel like in the spiritual realm....
COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

Read Time: 1 Minute 59 Seconds Bishop J. Drew Sheard and the General Board of the Eastern Florida Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ announced Tuesday the death of one of its most beloved leaders, Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Hutchins was 65....

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

They are saying the charismatic movement is divisive. Whenever people get involved in the "new emphasis," there are disruptions in the status quo. Red flags go up. Lines are drawn. I would ask: What else could be expected? Any force as great as this is bound to make...

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Read Time: 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Most made-for-TV Christmas movies are like eggnog and sugar cookies—way too sweet, yet extremely addictive for a lot of viewers. But these Hallmark-style movies—the ones with predictable love stories that always end with jingling bells...

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Read Time: 1 Minute 51 Seconds At a recent gathering where a member was struggling, I heard and declared by the Spirit of the Lord, “Goodness is following you, TURN and see; embrace His goodness in this moment and watch the shift!” There was an immediate shift and...

Pin It on Pinterest