Although we know that the earthly death of a saint (Christian) is the beginning of eternal life, grief will present itself to those loved ones who remain.
Our women have endured much in the past few months with illness & loss. Just last week, the Native Praise Choir stood in support of a choir member, Ruth Walker, who lost her husband. Then, last Thursday (3/24/2016), we had to accept the devastating news that our beloved sister, Mary Silmon (Mississippi Choctaw) lost her battle with cancer. And, now as we prepare to bid her farewell, we receive news that our first Creek lead singer, Hattie Beaver, passed away just last night (3/26/2016), from complications from heart surgery.
Please pray for our Native Praise Choir in these days.
It still seems unreal at times.
Two years ago, the ministry was making preparations to bid farewell to our Founder and first Executive Director of The Native American LINK, Inc. She had left us so suddenly that we were numb. Willene Pierce worked so tirelessly for our Native American women, ever seeking ways to bring us together in service to God.
This picture of Willene is one of service. She had taken a group of Native American volunteers on a medical missions trip to Ukraine, the first native group to do this. She was a true trailblazer who will be forever loved & remembered.
Back to busy days. Today I was in a meeting at the Baptist Building in OKC, then home to get some choir "chores" (do people still say that?) taken care of. The highlight of my day was seeing Willene Pierce's Native Praise Choir dress in the Mission Center. I admit, I got a big lump in my throat, & tears surfaced. Founder & first Executive Director of The Native American LINK, Inc. I can't believe that God would have me work with such an incredible Christian woman who loved our Indian people so much.