Photo: The installation service of home missionary Jonathan Ervin. Photo courtesy Anita Miller.
By Carl Stagner
The other side of the railroad tracks. That’s where, at the close of World War II, the Native Americans of Alliance, Nebraska, were required to live. A few years earlier, in 1942, extra hands were needed at the Alliance air base. The Army recruited Native Americans as civilian workers for the duration of the war. But eight Native American families remained in town after the war ended, segregated to a four-by-four block section on the south side. Even then, the Church of God took steps that were counter to the culture. Instead of remaining segregated, land was purchased in the heart of the Native American neighborhood to build the Indian Mission Church of God. It was 1952, and the pioneers of Church of God Native American Ministries were unwilling to stay separate from a people that needed the love and saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading
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Photo: Don Mink (courtesy Renita Buss)
By Renita Buss
I look back at my nine-year old self and remember the first day that my mother and I moved to Alliance, Nebraska. My mother and I moved to Alliance with very little, but my mom continued to have big dreams for both of us. Our hope seemed to spark from the moment we both met Rev. Donald Mink of the Indian Mission Church of God. This is where I was blessed to hear the story of this man’s battle with prostate cancer. Blessed, you may say, is a strong word to use in this scenario, but to me, it’s not a near powerful enough word. Continue reading