Five Oklahoma LINK volunteers & 12 Arkansas LINK volunteers make one very happy camp!
The Western Oklahoma Indian Baptist Family Camp was, AGAIN, so much fun! This year we expanded our VBS & included youth classes.
Our report says 41 children in PreK-6th Grades, & 22 youth and a total of 5 salvations & 2 rededications. I just LOVE Western OKlahoma!
Singing, Children's Mission Day Camp, WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC) Conference, viewing the Pre-screening of the movie, "Mully".
So much laughter, good fellowship, seeing friends &family, & making new friends. Pure joy! This has been our past week at The Native American LINK, Inc. Would we do it again? Of course!
Thank you, First Indian Baptist Church, Phoenix. Thank you, Rachel Webb-Hamblin & Diana Martinez for the delicious food...red & green chili stew, tortillas & oven bread! Thank you, American Indian College for the use of your dorms. God bless us all!
I just posted over the weekend about my travels, & now I'm posting about the Native Praise Choir. Last night (Sunday), the choir sang for the Tulsa Ministerial Alliance Spring Gathering. It's pretty awesome to have Christian churches come together for a time of worship and fellowship. Glad to take part in this. Tonight, the choir sang at Blackburn Chapel at Shawnee, OK for their spring revival. Brother Ledtkey Mcintosh, pastor of Glorieta Baptist Church, Oklahoma City was the evangelist. God always delivers a great message, using Bro. Lit. This Thursday night, the choir will be singing at Tahlequah, OK for the National Day of Prayer. Praising God for opportunities of worship in song!
What blessings to be with the ladies at Ardmore Indian Baptist Church last night! I was honored to be asked to speak at their first gathering for the purpose of honoring and recognizing the Empowerment of Women of God. Made a new acquaintance with Lisa Spikes, who invited me. How wonderful to see Nadine Lewis, a former LINK board member, and Native Praise singer. My joy continued as I was with Rubye McMillan, a member of our Native Praise Choir. Thank you for the invitation.
"O, taste & see that the Lord is good"
This verse is going to stay on my heart for many days, I'm sure. I'm returning home after attending our Women's Retreat, sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. We had 21 representing LINK, although it was good to see more of our Cherokee and Creek Native sisters attending, also. Call it what you'd like, but I received a booster shot for my spiritual walk. I left there, & went straight to a hospital because God told me to do so. Thank you, God, for allowing me to share the plan of salvation to my cousin. Thank you, God, that she said yes to Jesus! O, taste & see...
Just getting home after a trip across OKlahoma to be with my Western Oklahoma Christian sisters. This is Thelma Kauahquo, one of my strong warrior sisters who works hard for the Lord. Also was able to see my younger Christian brother & sister, Dylan Mateo & Tusa Scraper, who did a great job as musicians for the conference. It was a great day
Since I last posted, the Native Praise Choir has been blessed to sing at Ada, OK First Indian Baptist Church for their Sunday morning worship on 3/26/17. We also enjoyed being with Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City on 3/31/17 for their Celebration of Culture Chapel Service. We always enjoy going to new locations to share our music ministry.
April promises to be a busy month, also. On Saturday, 4/8/17 (tomorrow), I (Gus) will be speaking at the Western Oklahoma Women's Conference at Weatherford Indian Baptist Church. It will be good to return there. We had a LINK VBS team at Weatherford a few years ago. Looking forward to seeing my Western OK friends.
Glory! What a Holy Spirit-filled experience! This Native Praise Choir has done it again!!! We look forward to sharing our music on our new CD, which should be released in June, 2017, if not sooner.
MORE great news! The Native Praise Choir has been asked to sing, AGAIN, at the national WMU Celebration in Phoenix, AZ on June 12, 2017, following the FoNAC Leadership Conference, held at First Indian Baptist Church, June 11-12. What blessings, indeed!
BIG DAY for our Native Praise Choir! We begin recording our 2nd CD tonight. Pray for us as we want to express true praise to God Almighty! He is worthy!!!!
March 18 will forever be a memory for me. Never did I realize that meeting Willene Pierce in 1998 would change the direction my life would take 15 years later. I should have seen it coming. From the moment I met Willene, we were "linked". Girls' camps, women & girls retreats, the Native Praise Choir, the Native American LINK Executive Board, visits with missionaries, visits to mission points...on & on. I accepted the role of Executive Director, and my husband, Mike, as Treasurer of The Native American LINK, Inc., upon her retirement, but we felt confident, knowing Willene would mentor us.Then on this date, three years ago, God called her home, only nine months into our new posts. Using the wise counsel given us from Willene, & total reliance on God Almighty, the ministry continues. We miss Willene & honor her legacy, in the work of The Native American LINK, Inc. Thank you for your support & prayers.