Photo: Volunteer and child at Wounded Knee.
By Carl Stagner
They may not agree on everything, but they agree on the mission. You have to understand: on the Pine Ridge Reservation, hope is as sparse as the vegetation. All of the mission teams that come to Wounded Knee Church of God in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, know that what the Lakota people need so desperately is Jesus. They don’t first need a lesson on a distinguishing doctrine of the Church of God. They don’t need bickering. They don’t need a divided church. They need Jesus. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Home Missions
Tagged ecumenical, Emily Clark, home missionary, home missions, Jesus Is the Subject, Lakota, Native American Ministries, Pine Ridge Reservation, Place of Promise, South Dakota, Stanley Hollow Horn, Sylvia, work teams, Wounded Knee, Wounded Knee Church of God
By Carl Stagner
We end up like islands. The enemy of our souls says, “Don’t talk to each other; die where you are—alone and without hope.” Through years of transition and financial difficulties, Native American Ministries unintentionally slipped through cracks. We helped to create the isolation. A lack of resources and support have drained the life out of vital mission efforts here at home—on our own soil. Critical cultural deterioration among Native American tribes has only compounded the challenges faced by our home missionaries, each crying out for you and me to bridge the vast waters that otherwise separate and destroy. This year we confessed where we’ve fallen short and renewed our commitment to Native American Ministries. Church of God Ministries is humbled to announce a relaunch of Home Missions that has already begun to reclaim what hell had stolen. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Central, Home Missions
Tagged Allen, Chris Cottrell, Emily Clark, Handel Smith, healing, home missions, Native American Ministries, Reconciliation, relaunch, Ryan Chapman, Scott Dent, South Dakota, Steve Carney, Wounded Knee
By Barbara Lloyd Nelson
Jim Figy was a high school senior with a big decision to make: attend Ohio State and become an agriculture teacher, or continue helping his parents raise ten thousand turkeys on their farm. Jim knew if he deserted his parents, their poultry farm would go under. The choice was clear. He worked there for fifty-two years.
Jim and Hazel May were high school sweethearts, marrying when they were twenty-one. They raised a family, and in their late forties, in response to calls from their church’s national office, began volunteering as a couple. It was the beginning of a life centered on volunteering, often with their children in tow. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Great Lakes
Tagged Barbara Lloyd Nelson, community, Front Porch Publishing, Hazel Figy, Jim Figy, Living Today Magazine, missions, Native American Ministries, Ohio, Pine Ridge Reservation, profiles, South Dakota, volunteering, Wauseon, Wounded Knee
Photo: Church of God Ministries leaders join Native American Ministries leaders to start a Celebrate Recovery ministry.
By Handel Smith and Ryan Chapman
As we drove through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation community of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, the unimaginable reality of a community plagued by alcoholism, domestic abuse, and unemployment was alarming and difficult to process. In the midst of chaos, sadness, and confusion, we reached out to Christ. New hope and encouragement are being restored, due in part to a partnership formed by Church of God Ministries (CGM) with those serving our Native American brothers and sisters. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Global Strategy
Tagged addiction, alcohol, Celebrate Recovery, Handel Smith, Indian Reservation, Native American Ministries, Pine Ridge, recovery, Ryan Chapman, South Dakota, Wounded Knee
By Ryan Chapman
God has connected many people, ministries, and congregations through the years in trying to help meet the needs of Native Americans. This is a people group that has suffered greatly by the near total upending of their way of life. Poverty, alcoholism, life expectancy, suicide, school dropout rates, and sexual abuse for those on the reservations are much worse than national averages. Continue reading