FIRST NATION MINISTRIES, INC.
Issue 11; June 2008
Visits No. 30,31,32 (Big Rig)
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Gods wonderful help and blessing on the ministry He has given us to do is more and more evident as each new day comes. How we thank Him for His great faithfulness in directing our hearts, our minds, and our steps and also for opening and closing doors as we prayerfully follow His leading! His timing is always right and His provision is always sufficient as He meets the needs and supplies the people, the equipment, and the resources to do the job He wants us to do. We have prayerfully and carefully sought His will and His way and He has been faithful to His promise in bringing it to pass.
After a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship at the prayer breakfast Friday, May 23rd, David Gowan and Ted Boyd climbed into the 99 Western Star big rig, and Don Cline and Bob King got into the Dodge pickup and trailer and headed for Northwest Indian Bible School. We ministered with food, clothing, and Bibles at the school and on the nearby Flathead Reservation for two days.
We stopped by Rocky Mt. Missionary Society Station with Bro. Lee Wraith at Ravalli, Montana, then hurried on to unload at the Flathead Outreach at St. Ignatius, Montana. Ten husky young Indian men and women rolled up their sleeves, and in three hours time had over a thousand boxes of clothing, some food and household items, beds and mattresses unloaded.
Dave and Ted headed for Portland while Bob and I went back to the school at Alberton over Sunday. After a couple of more days at the graduation and camp meeting, we took the Dodge and trailer 600 miles further to Wolf Point, Montana, on the Fort Peck Reservation. Here the Indian congregation and Bro. and Sis. Ken Azure welcomed us and received the help we had for them. An Indian sister, Carrie Manning and her husband, Robert, who live several miles out of town and haul others to church, faced a dilemma. Her car had broken down and wasnt worth fixing. Pastor Ken phoned First Nation Ministries for help. We shared the need on the radio broadcast and a Subaru SUV was given to us. When we arrived, the Pastor shared with us that he had asked her what kind of car she desired. She said, "Well, I once had a Subaru SUV and it made excellent mileage and it was four wheel drive which was most helpful in the snow." As the Pastor shared this with us he said, "Lets watch her face when she sees the exact vehicle of her choice." When Carrie saw the exact answer to her prayers she threw her hands in the air and turned her tear stained face heavenward praising God. Husband Robert turned to me and exclaimed, "This prayer business really works!"
As we ended a wonderful week, we, too, thanked God that "this prayer business really works!"
Your old missionary brother,
The 1999 Western Star truck and the 1995 forty-eight foot semi-trailer pulling in
to Northwest Indian School at Alberton, Montana is exciting for our crew as well as the
staff and students. Much needed food, clothing, household items, and vehicles have been a
great blessing for over thirty years to these dear people.
James Campbell, with his 1993 Saturn is ready to roll. He will be
helping mission stations on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Let us, as
teammates, hold him up in our prayers day by day.
VISITS No. 31 & 32
Thirty years ago, we started ministering with food, clothing, and Bibles on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. Reaching out through five different stations, the years have brought times of wonderful success and times of "dry spells". Lee Wraith and his wife have been a bright spot. They work from Ravalli, MT with Rocky Mt. Missions. A few years ago, a missionary from the east took charge of one of the choice works on the reservation. Living twenty miles or so off of the reservation, he said that these Indians didnt need old clothes. This started a dry spell. An older lady, Bernadine Lovell contacted me and said that the people were hurting and needed help for body and soul. Assuring me that though she was not a preacher, she could point them to Jesus and help them in their poverty. Now a new day has dawned. What a joy to be teammates to these precious people.
VISITS No. 33 & 34
Ken Azure grew up on the Ft. Peck Reservation never knowing you must be born again! While deep in sin, a Christian Jew witnessed to the power of calling on God. Ken threw away the dope and liquor and cried out to God. God came in a wonderful manifestation of power and glory. He met Jesus and told family and all who would listen. Starting a church in his house, the group grew. They found an abandoned church, but outgrew it across the years and now God has given them a new multi-purpose church, gym, and rescue center. What a joy to help them. I have made an unannounced, surprise Sunday visit finding 165 Indians present. On Wednesday night I found 95 on their knees crying out to God. Dan Lindsay, likewise bound in sin, drugs, and liquor, found God and turned from "prisoner to preacher" with The Lords Table outreach. What a privilege to help him across the years.
ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT
Daughter of Eldon Johnson, Annie was evidently adopted by the Flint family as a young girl. She attended school in Trenton, New Jersey, and became a teacher, but had to quit the profession after only a few years when severe arthritis made her unable to walk. Thereafter, she lived near the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, and began writing poetry. Many of her verses were published on cards, and in magazines and books, including BY THE WAY: TRAVELOGUES OF CHEER.
He giveth more grace as the burdens grow greater,
(This song blessed my soul and as I praised God in tearful joy, He gave me a verse to add. Bro. Don)
My life is made rich by the joy of His presence,