North America (MNN) — Its straightforward for Native American Christians to really feel alone. In any case, solely 4 p.c of Native individuals know Jesus. Thats why theOn Eagles Wings annual winter retreat is so particular.
A number of Native younger women and men gathered on the On Eagles Wings winter retreat from December 28 to January 2 for worship and fellowship. Brad Hutchcraft with Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, the guardian ministry of On Eagles Wings says, For them to return collectively and be capable to be strengthened collectively…at this retreat, it’s big as a result of it units them on a course for the remainder of the 12 months.
Everybody there was beforehand with the On Eagles Wings summer time missions crew the place they traveled to Native communities and shared the Gospel. Hutchcraft estimates about 80 p.c of the summer time crew returned for the winter retreat.
After spending the entire summer time mainly simply going, going, going — loading the bus and doing these occasions and all of the crew conferences and the whole lot — they only get to return collectively and be collectively. It’s sort of a mini household reunion.
These Native warriors have superb hope tales of how Jesus modified their lives. Hutchcraft says it was a blessing to go searching the room on the winter retreat and see proof of Gods goodness.
In that room…was a warrior that had come out of a number of suicide makes an attempt and is now in Bible college and a pacesetter for his individuals. He simply posted not too long ago that 2019 was most likely the best 12 months of pleasure for him and only a wholesome life that he’s dwelling now, Hutchcraft says.
We glance round and there’s a younger man who actually used to hope for the demise of his abusive father and had suicidal ideas himself. However now he spends his days working in full-time Native youth ministry sharing how forgiveness could be present in and thru Jesus.
One of many younger girls who got here, she headed from right here on to Moody Bible Institute the place she is beginning her first semester there. That may be a big change in plans in simply the previous couple of months for her, however she is so excited to have the ability to be there as a result of they characterize hope for his or her individuals.
One of many retreats highlights is ringing within the New 12 months. Hutchcraft says on the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, We’re on our knees, we’re in worship, [and] we’re taking communion collectively. What a gorgeous approach to kick off the New 12 months with these warriors — reminding them of who Jesus is and who they’re in Him and setting the tone for what we pray will likely be an incredible 12 months forward for them.
By now, the younger women and men are on to their subsequent endeavors, whether or not thats again of their house communities, again on faculty campuses, or someplace else totally. As our Native Christian brothers and sisters go into the 12 months, please pray for and with them — that they’d be daring witnesses for Jesus and that the Lord would stir a non secular revival in Native communities.
Header photograph courtesy of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries.