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Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30, 2017.
This offering is taken the third Sunday of Easter and funds urban ministries with Native Americans, scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist seminaries and annual conference Native American ministries.
One half of the special offering received in April by United Methodist Churches across the nation is sent to General Board of Global Ministries for distribution. The other half remains within the Iowa Conference and supports Iowa’s only recipient, the Native American Child Care Center, held at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Native American Child Care Center began over 40 years ago as a cooperative effort between leaders of the Native American community and local United Methodists.
The philosophy and purpose of the Native Americans Child Care Center is to provide child care services and an early childhood education and development program primarily for, but not limited to pre-school children who identify with the Native American heritage. It is there to promote and foster the physical, emotional, social, cultural and intellectual development of children to help them realize their full potential.
This work, and hundreds of other ministries, are possible because you give.
When you support Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip students of all ages to honor and celebrate Native American culture in their education and ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.
One tribe in North America has told this story for centuries: when people “pale as birch” crossed the great water in large canoes, they brought with them “The Black Book.” However, the bringers of the physical Book could not have known what it would mean and look like to be Native and a follower of Jesus.
Today Native Americans—with many unique languages, many unique cultures—honor their heritage, and live as Jesus-followers, led by a rotation of primarily Native American pastors.
Most Americans today recognize that the history following the arrival of the large canoes bore little resemblance to the one all Christians identify as Creator. That’s why the people of The United Methodist Church, Native and non-Native, are creating a new history.
Dr. Richard Twiss, a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, asked:
“Will we be allowed to develop new ways of doing church that honor God’s purposes for the creative expression of our cultures? Will new ministry partnerships and coalitions form? Will you help be a part of this wonderful process of reconciliation, restoration and release?”
Your contribution supports aspiring Native American pastors and enriches outreach in their communities. Thank you for your generous gift!
Send checks to:
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203
Please put "Native American Sunday" in the note section of your check.