During the 2015 calendar year, LINK will concentrate on ministry projects focused toward helping the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Homes, DaySpring Villa., and the Chaplaincy programs of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
The statements from their websites are:
"Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children is the largest provider of private, not-for-profit, residential childcare in the state. We do not charge for our services or accept government funds. We do not discriminate on placement based on race, color, national origin, or religious affiliation."
"We have the freedom to share the gospel every day because we receive no rent, tuition or child support from any source. We are funded through the Cooperative Program, churches, and charitable gifts from caring people."
DaySpring Villa is Oklahoma's only faith-based, certified shelter for domestic violence victims and the first shelter of its kind in the state for adult survivors of human sexual trafficking. Here, women and their children discover life without abuse and real-world solutions to restore their self-esteem, confidence, and, ultimately, reclaim their independence.
DaySpring Villa offers a unique approach to help battered and trafficked women transform their lives. More than a shelter, we are dedicated to helping our guests carve out a new path and a new direction in their lives and the lives of their children.
Chaplaincy is the most effective means of reaching secular society because there are times chaplains can go where the church cannot go. Chaplaincy provides many opportunities to extend the ministry of the local church beyond the “four walls” of the church facility.
Each month, when the Native Praise Choir meets for their monthly rehearsals, they will be bringing items assigned for the month. Items will help with services at OBCH, DaySpring Villa and the Chaplaincy.
Collecting items to assist with the ministries is not exclusive to the Native Praise Choir. Anyone who would like to contribute the listed items is welcome to do so.
If you need assistance, please contact Augusta Smith, Director of The Native American LINK, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK Ministry Project committee:
Assisted by Pat Wagstaff (Former Oklahoma WMU Director)
Memories of 2014 for The Native American LINK, Inc.
“Bless the Lord, O My Soul…worship His Holy Name….” Psalm 103
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman. The lyrics, “Sing like never before, O my soul, I’ll worship your holy name,” says it all.
God gave us a new day dawning, even in the midst of great sorrow this year, as our Native American LINK family had to bid farewell to our beloved Willene Pierce, in March, 2014. The LINK family continues to receive His affirmation, time & again & He always upholds us, “rich in love, and with a heart that is kind, which gives us 10,000 reasons for our hearts to find.” We celebrate Jesus.
Beginnings - Willene predicted that when Gus was appointed as Director of LINK, that we would begin receiving invitations from more of our tribes to serve in the field. Willene spoke confidently of this. Her vision came to fruition, as we traveled to Alabama, first with the Creeks, then again, with the Creeks, Chickasaws, and Cherokees, and so many more, just this year! Then, answered prayer came to us, as we assisted with the Western Oklahoma tribes in their family camp. Eight salvations!
Lead - Wherever He Leads I’ll Go. Together, Laura Mackey & Willene made it look easy, but it’s not. They made it look easy because they so enjoyed the ride. I (Gus - LINK Director/Choir Coordinator) am learning what a tremendous responsibility it is, to lead in a ministry such as this. It can be very taxing & very wearisome, (& yes, lonely, at times) but the rewards of seeing God at work, and even witnessing miracles, far outweigh any physical woes. I answered God’s leading to direct this ministry, & I have never felt more certain that I am where He needs me most. Thank you, Laura, for your ever-present support & leadership, as president, Martha Johnson, our prayer warrior and Vice President, Norma Lee as secretary, and of course, Mike Smith, as treasurer.
Enjoy - Enjoy laughter today, Enjoy friendship today, Enjoy the beauty of God’s Handiwork, Enjoy the family God gave you, Enjoy your Christian families, far & wide, Enjoy each day that God gives you. It brings me back to the song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), “The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning. It’s time to sing Your Song again.” What a joy to sing of Him every single day, yes, no matter what lies before us!
Sisters - The LINK Board of Directors sisters represent nine Native American tribes. The Native Praise Choir sisters represent 19 tribes. Sisters in Christ for whom we have had the privilege of meeting and have immediately referred to as “sisters” because of our kindred spirits in service to the Lord. “Sisters” who are not only Native American, but are, “all the children of the world.”
Sing - Sing. The Native Praise Choir has sung, more than ever before. The Native Praise Choir has sung, with such urgency, that the world may experience a glimpse of what it is to know of Jesus & His Amazing Grace. Singing Christmas Carols in native tongue, witnessing to new faces, we rejoice in the Christ child. Sing with us, as we sing, “And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending, Ten thousand years, and then, FOREVERMORE!.
Happy New Year - 2015