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.
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.