Native American Ministries
Aho—“thank you”—for stopping to visit with us! This Web page is our virtual home on American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) website, and it’s great to have you stop by.
When friends visit our homes, we welcome them in, make them comfortable and offer something to eat and drink. It’s like breaking bread together as children of God. We share food and drink that sustains life, providing nourishment and strength.
Our hope is that what you find here will bring nourishment to your spirit as we share the blessings of God together. Nothing surpasses the wonderful gift of life given to us by God through Christ Jesus, his Son. He is truly the bread of life, and nothing better can be shared together.
As American Baptists, we have been in ministry together for many years. Some of that history can be found by clicking on the “Our History” link above. Our Native American churches are located in the Northeast, Southern Plains, Northwest and Southwest. What began through missionaries sent to our people continues to evolve as a growing partnership in ministry.
The needs of native people across this nation remain great. Often, the highest levels of need are met with the lowest quality of care. These conditions remain as a result of unresolved issues between Native American Nations and the United States, broken promises and systems that continue to foster dependency and oppression.
Existing within these difficult circumstances is the vitality of a diverse people group made up of more
than 500 distinct Native American tribes. Our cultures are rich with values that can serve as pathways to a better understanding of relationships among people. A common thread is the importance of spiritual health for all.
Only 2-10 percent of native people have accepted Jesus Christ as their lord and savior, meaning that the need and opportunity is great for ministry in Christ, empowered by God’s Holy Spirit. More than ever before, now is the time for all of us to join together in sharing the truth about salvation freely given through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
This work has endured through these many years, and it is important that it continues. All of the Native American churches that are a part of American Baptist Churches USA welcome each of you into this important work of the Lord.
So much is happening within the Native American churches and communities that we cannot share it all. We hope that your interests will lead you to contact us so we can get to know each other, and share the blessings of the Lord together face-to-face.
While we wait for that opportunity, take some time to learn about Native American Ministries. We can work together to create positive change in the lives of native people. Please keep us in your prayers always! Aho!
Where we are going
Purpose: To set forth the needs and intended actions for the future of Native American Ministries
Vision Statement: As Native American people believing in Jesus Christ and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, acting in unity while respecting the diversity of native culture, we are committed to leading people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).
In spring 2011, a major flood hit the Lodge Grass, Mont., area and the historic First Crow Indian Baptist Church, which was built in 1910. During mitigation, damage from the 1930 and 1978 floods was uncovered. Critical structural components—such as floor joists, bottom plates and the foundation—had deteriorated beyond reasonable repair. Also discovered were problems associated with buildings aged more than100 years. It would not have been cost-effective to repair the failing building.
The building has been demolished, and a fund raising drive for the new building is underway. Concrete work for the foundation and floors will begin when the cold weather breaks in spring 2014. Estimates are approximately $750,000.
If you desire to help with this project, tax-deductible donations can be sent to the following address:
First Crow Indian Baptist Church
P.O. Box 507
Lodge Grass, MT 59050
Please designate “Building Fund” in the memo line of your check.
For additional information, contact the Rev. Harvey L. Stewart, consultant for the Northwest and Southwest (406.670.2740), or the Rev. Ben Sullivan, consultant for the Southern Plains and Northeast (405.833.0141).