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  • Native Americans to discuss Gospel contextualization

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A presentation of the Gospel message to demonstrate a contextual way of ministering to unreached and under-reached Native people will be part of the Fellowship of Native American Christians' annual meeting in June.

    "Everyone is welcome," FoNAC Executive Director Gary Hawkins told Baptist Press. "In the past few years some have told me they would've enjoyed attending our meeting but thought it was only for Indians, which is far from the message FoNAC wants to project. Read More

  • 400 years: Pocahontas conversion discussed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    JAMESTOWN, Va. (BP) -- Four hundred years after the death of one of the most well-known Native Americans in history, scholars say Pocahontas' profession of faith in Christ is among the few facts known with certainty about the famed daughter of a Virginia Algonquin chief.

    Yet her conversion -- along with other key details of her life -- is absent from some contemporary portrayals of Pocahontas' life.

    "Most of what we think we know about her is legend," said Helen Rountree, author of multiple books and scholarly articles on Pocahontas. "We've actually got very few records that even mention her." Read More

  • Native American evangelism: past & present examined

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Following a two-day evangelism training session in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix, the Fellowship of Native American Christians is setting its sights on what executive director Gary Hawkins calls "self-propagating, self-promoting, self-supporting" efforts to reach American Indians for Christ.

    "It is absolutely essential for the [Gospel] message to become owned by indigenous people," Hawkins told Baptist Press in written comments. FoNAC must achieve "a contextualized, culturally relevant ministry while maintaining doctrinal soundness." Read More

  • First Indian Baptist aims for multi-tribal reach

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- When pastor Shaun Whitey asked First Indian Baptist Church in Phoenix to write down their tribal affiliation, people from nearly all of Arizona's federally-recognized tribes were represented in the congregation that Sunday, 22 people groups in all, which Whitey described as typical.

    The church reaches a broad cross-section of tribal groups in its aim to carry the Gospel to all the state's reservations, Whitey said, yet faces an ongoing challenge of adequately preparing disciples who multiply other Christians. Read More

  • FoNAC plans for 'Dimensions to Native Ministry'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (one year ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Evangelicals interested in ministering among Native Americans across North America are invited June 10-11 to a two-day conference entitled "Dimensions to Native Ministry." Read More

  • Native American network spreads its wings

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -– A woman in Kingfisher in western Oklahoma started crying when she encountered a prayerwalking team of Native Americans from eastern Oklahoma last year.

    "She asked what we were doing, and when we said we were praying about starting a church for Native Americans, she started crying," said Emerson Falls, chairman of the Fellowship of Native American Churches. "She said she'd been praying for a church to be started there."

    Falls spoke during FoNAC's annual meeting, June 13, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More

  • The 'forgotten' mark young couple's ministry

    by Kathie Chute, posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

    SACATON, Ariz. (BP) -- As soon as Eric Gibbs stepped onto the Tohono O'odham Nation, one of the largest Native American reservations in the country, he felt a love for the people there.

    "After seeing the needs of that community, I knew my time in Arizona would be more than just a week," Gibbs said of the short-term mission trip he took as a college student, a trip he didn't think much about beforehand.

    Gibbs returned home to finish his degree and continue his service as a youth minister. But he and his wife Brittany began to pray about relocating to Arizona for long-term ministry. Read More

  • Native American vision tour upcoming for Okla.

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Rebekah Rausch
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- A church plant in Oklahoma City has taken on the responsibility of starting a church in Tucson, Ariz., both in a Native American context.

    "We promote the work of the Southern Baptist Convention," said Emerson Falls, pastor of Circle of Life in Oklahoma City and president of the Fellowship of Native American Christians, which meets each year in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Native Americans built association's strength

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, May 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Alan Oxendine
    PEMBROKE, N.C. (BP) -- In 1881, Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, an association of Native American Baptist churches, was established. From its humble beginnings of three churches in Robeson County, N.C. -- two of which still exist -- the association now includes 70 churches in 10 North Carolina counties and two neighboring states.

    Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Pee Dee, Tuscarora and Waccamaw Siouan make up the multi-tribal association's membership, which was distinctively Baptist from its beginning. Read More