Monday, June 26, 2017

Good News!

Good news!

Thanks to my friends at Every Nation Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, Native American Initiative, Inc. is now officially a 501C3 non-profit corporation! Thanks to all our supporters!

Friday, June 23, 2017

To learn about the Rosebud Experience, coming up in July go here.

To learn about the context where I work, go and see this movie.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

What Has Been Done

A famous minister once told me "if I could figure out what you do I would interview you on TV". I guess he got a sense of it because he did eventually interview me. I wanted to take this time at the end of the year to kind of recap what my work among the tribes has consisted of.I have roughly-based this ministry of the last 11 years around three priorities.

Engage (in the sense of participating with) 

I have been blessed to have been invited to participate in a number of native ceremonies and I have traveled and played music in Native American groups. 

I provide music movement programs twice a month for Dakotabilities, where I serve around 100 service recipients with intellectual disabilities, 20 of which are Native. 

Empower

I codirected three rodeo camps on the Rosebud reservation during the years of 2013 through 2015. I raised the funds for these camps which basically was about $5000 a year. The camps usually average over 50 native youth. 

In partnership with Cherohala press, we published a book series the native American contextual movement series which continues to publish dissertations written by Native American scholars.

In partnership with the Church of God Cleveland Tennessee we established a Kiowa pastor in Muskogee Oklahoma and acquired a building for him to plant a church.

Educate

I was invited to participate in the Rosebud experience originally founded by Richard Twiss and I have co-taught in that immersion class for seminary students three years in a row 2014 through 2016. 

I was honored to teach for a year for Bacone college the oldest American Indian Christian college in America. During that time I was blessed to be able to assist in building the second American Indian ministry bachelor degree in the US. Those courses that I developed will continue to be taught by native instructors. There is at this time a cohort of native students. 

I want to thank the great churches and individuals who have supported me financially to allow me to do this work and I will continue to go forward in these areas of involvement. thanks for reading

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Update November 2016

I wanted to let my supporters know what I've been up to since July. I co- taught the Rosebud immersion class in July with Doug Anderson as I do every year. At that point my 10 months had concluded in the Oklahoma project where I helped build a bachelor of arts in Indian ministries at Bacone college in Muskogee Oklahoma. I then relocated back to South Dakota where I am involved in more music out reaches. I am teaching online for Bacone college and living in Garretson South Dakota. I occasionally play with the Whitehorse ministry band and we travel as far north as white Shield North Dakota. My new address is PO Box 277 Garretson, SD 57030. God bless you all for your help and keeping up with me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Support for Corky Alexander- NA Initiative

Dear friends, 

Happy New Year! Just an update to say first of all thank you for all you've done to support my ministry in Indian country. Even though I am teaching a few courses at Bacone College this semester I still am desperately in need of support for my ongoing expenses. Some know that I am helping to plant a Native church in Muskogee OK. for those who wish to make donations (tax exempt) mail them to Heartland Region Church of God-Corky Alexander 796 N Santa Fe Ave. Edmond OK 73003-4300

Thank you All

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ministry Update October 2015

Dear Friends,

South Dakota

As many of you know I relocated to South Dakota from Tennessee approximately a year and a half ago. That move was prompted by the impact of the rodeo camp which we co-directed with the Buffalo Jump/Sicangu Lakota Youth Center in Mission, South Dakota 2013 on the Rosebud Reservation. While living in South Dakota, I co-directed two more rodeo camps and participated/co-taught in two Rosebud Experience/Immersion classes in partnership with Wiconi International and Sioux Falls Seminary. Both of these events take place annually in July.  During the year in South Dakota I worked part time at Children's Home Society, Dakotabilities and performed other music events. My housing was made possible by the Anderson family and expenses covered by supporters like you. It was a blessed time and I made many new friends.

Oklahoma

The Church of God Heartland Region contracted me to be in Oklahoma and Kansas from October through May of this year to carry out various Native American projects and speak in churches regarding creative evangelism and outreach approaches. I was honored to speak and play music in churches all through Kansas and Oklahoma in September and was needing a place to live temporarily. Darrell Rice, the Administrative Bishop of the Church of God Heartland Region Church of God told me that they had recently closed a church in Muskogee OK and I could live in the parsonage. He also said I could plant a church there given my experience, if I so desired. The very next day I received a call from Bacone College in Muskogee (the oldest American Indian Christian college in America) asking where I was going to be located and that they might need me to do some teaching and supervisions for them. Soon thereafter Barry Belindo came and together we felt we had not only an opportunity to plant a new Native American church in Muskogee, but also the answer for an increased contribution to Native people during the year at the college. Needless to say, I feel I am being directed by the Creator.

SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?

This means that I will be serving as Senior/founding pastor of the All Tribes Ministry Center in Muskogee, teaching at Bacone College and still teaching in the immersion class and co-directing the rodeo camp in Mission on Rosebud in July.

I will still need support (even more) as there is a mortgage and expenses to operate the church here and due to the fact that new people don't understand tithing and giving, the need will be even greater. I am already talking to teams that will come during the Summer to help fix up the facility.

Please pray for me as I seek increasing opportunities to serve our host peoples on this land! Thank you all for all you have done and continue to do.

Corky