FIRST NATION MINISTRIES, INC.
P.O. Box 30055 Portland, OR 97294
Phone: (503) 408-2391 Fax: (503) 256-8560
What a mighty God we serve! His goodness and mercy is ours day by day. What a joy to be His! We are His witnesses. We all are commissioned to this calling at home and to the far flung corners of the earth. No others mission field is more our responsibility than the Indian reservations right here in our own back yard.
We have made it a hard field to reach with the Gospel because of our broken treaties and vows from the very beginning of our presence in the land that was home to the Indian people. Our prejudice and our trying to make white men out of them have further hindered our progress and we have had little success! Today the Indian people are the poorest of any segment of our society! They have the shortest life expectancy of all - only forty-five years. The average educational level is less than eight years with many who still cant read or write. We have given Bibles to many who never have owned one before!
We have learned that we must win their confidence before we can win their souls! Let us live up to the First Nation Ministries motto, Christians that care. It is working! Thank you for helping us.
Your old missionary brother,
FOR OUR LORD AND THOSE WE SERVE
Im part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. Im a disciple of His! I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. Im finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, and popularity. I dont have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I wont give up, shut up or let up, until Ive stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach to all I know, and work till He stops me. And when he comes for his own, he will not have problems recognizing me my banner will be clear! (Anonymous)
MISSION VISIT No. 10
Leon Hansen and Don Cline were guests at Northwest Indian Bible School on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 and early Thursday morning, May 31st, they headed north to Ravalli on the Flathead Reservation. Here they visited and ministered to the Rocky Mt. Mission Station. Brother and Sister Lee Wraith, who are among Gods choice servants in Indian work, have faithfully served a number of years. We thank God for them! We thank God for our staff at First Nation Ministries. Deborah is always available, whether it is truck driving or office work. We thank God for the hospitality of friends that help. It was a joy to meet part of Rev. Ken Pretty On Tops family at a motel along the way. We thank God for you, Teammate, for helping make it all possible.
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MISSION VISIT No. 11
Sister Bernadine Lovell is a true handmaiden of the Lord. Our work together goes back several years. When some men of the cloth had given up and informed me they were not interested in old clothes and damaged groceries, she said, These Indians are in need and they appreciate help! Bernadine got the use of an old building and our ministry together began. God has blessed and we praise Him!
Due to a hospital visit Bernadine was not at home, so we went back to our trusted brother, Lee Wraith, and he let us unload in a spare building. When Bernadine got back on her feet, Brother Lee got the supplies to her.