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Learning From Our Mistakes Editorial

Learning From Our Mistakes

What happens when missionaries teach that the only way of salvation is for a people to completely reject their own culture and accept the “Christian” culture of the missionary? What is the result...

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Tags: contextualization, missionary, syncretism

Making Jesus Known in Knowable Ways Feature

Making Jesus Known in Knowable Ways

“I was made to burn and destroy all my tribal carvings, eagle feathers, and my dance outfit because the pastor told me now that I was a Christian, old things passed away and all things became new,...

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Tags: native american

The Sweat Lodge Feature

The Sweat Lodge

Can God Use It?

Numerous Native American tribes use a sweat lodge ceremony as a place of prayer, dedication and worship. The Lakota people call it the inipi ceremony. As a spiritual tradition, it has been...

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Tags: native american

Jesus Lives as Good Medicine for my People Feature

Jesus Lives as Good Medicine for my People

I am Dakelh from the Bear Clan in Nadleh Whut En, an Athabaskan Carrier tribe in Northern British Columbia, Canada. I was baptized a Catholic and came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ when I was...

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Tags: native american

The Journey of “Hole in the Clouds” Feature

The Journey of “Hole in the Clouds”

My journey began in the spring of 1988 while working with the Indian Workers Conference of the United Methodist Church in Michigan. Here I accepted God’s call to help lead a new approach to...

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Tags: native american

Progress After 400 Years Feature

Progress After 400 Years

Four hundred years ago on June 24, Chief Henri Membertou, along with 20-33 other Mi’kmaq tribal members, was baptized into the French Jesuit faith. The monument marking this historic occasion...

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Walking Out the Gospel Among the People Feature

Walking Out the Gospel Among the People

It was April, 2001 in Cottonwood, Arizona. For the first time in our lives, my wife Jan and I experienced a worship service where Native American instruments and traditional regalia were allowed....

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Tags: ministry, native american

When Mission Threatens Marginalia

When Mission Threatens

“Welcome to my country,” he said with a gleam in his eye as he shook my hand. I was attending a powwow here in Pasadena, and the irony of the greeting was not lost on me. He represented the...

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Tags: ethnicity, evangelism, native american

Every Ethne Other

Every Ethne

Plugging Into a Ministry Near You

Partnership

Two years ago I was sitting in the office with my co-worker at Every Ethne. It was just the two of us. Our vision? To be a resource for individuals, specifically college students...

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Tags: every ethne

Embracing Your Mission Journey to the Nations Other

Embracing Your Mission Journey to the Nations

A Guide and a Process to Get There

The key reason to develop a “perspective” as a global-vision Christian is to understand the world as God sees it. But a razor-sharp biblical perspective is not static, and you really cannot just...

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Tags: missionary, people group, training

His Kingdom Coming to Afghanistan? Other

His Kingdom Coming to Afghanistan?

“The gospel of the Kingdom is first and foremost attractive,” says my good friend Joseph. This is true everywhere and especially in Afghanistan. One Pushtun tribal leader said last year, “These Taliban are not good Muslims; they do not obey the Q’uran; they do not care about the Afghan people; they are cruel people.”

Tags: afghanistan, islam, muslim

The Importance of Assumptions Raising Local Resources

The Importance of Assumptions

When it comes to the dependency syndrome, much of our success or failure can be traced to the assumptions with which we begin. A colleague in WMA ministry, Jean Johnson, says it this way: “What we...

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Tags: dependency

A Big Mistake Further Reflections