Today was a busy day for the Native Praise Choir. Seventeen choir members sang Muscogee hymns at a funeral in Anadarko at the request of a family. God spared us from the stormy weather of Oklahoma last night. Then, tonight, 28 choir members sang a 45-minute worship experience with the Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa. The residents had so many kind words to the choir. The most significant for me, was hearing one of the ladies say that our presence opened the way for her Holy Week worship.
Thank you for the invitations. Thank you, Native Praise Choir! Thank you, God!
In January, the Native Praise Choir voted to establish an annual attendance award to the choir member with the greatest attendance at all choir functions throughout the year. It was named the Jamie Sumpter Outstanding Attendance Award, named after one of our choir members who battled heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, & amputations; yet, one who never wavered in her commitment to sing in the choir. Jamie passed away in December, 2014.
The 2014 award was given to Josephine Teehee, Mississippi Choctaw, from Immanuel Baptist Church, Claremore, OK.
No one but God, alone, could have comprehended the impact The Willene Pierce Memorial Conference would have on so many lives.
Willene's family + friends from Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, & throughout Oklahoma came for spiritual development, fellowship with Christians, new friendships, reunions; & most of all, to uplift the name of Jesus by paying tribute to a strong Christian woman of great influence.
Thank you to the many pastors & ministers who supported through their attendance & leading of the conference workshops. Thank you, guest speakers who encouraged & inspired us. Thank you, host church, Glorieta Baptist Church, OKC, for your hard work, gracious hospitality, & loving spirit. We are forever grateful. Thank you all & Praise & Honor to our Heavenly Father.
- Augusta Smith
The Native American LINK, Inc. Executive Director/Native Praise Choir Coordinator