Sunday, August 30, 2009

Native American Awareness Conference

This conference is especially interesting to me because my grandparents, Frank and Edna McLaughlin, were missionaries for seven years to the Ojibwe. They lived on reservations in Minnesota and South Dakota and ministered faithfully until their missions agency asked them to move. I know that it was a blessed time for them and that they loved being able to minister one-on-one with the people there.

Here is Bethlehem Baptist's information on the Conference. Hope to see you there! - Tavia Pitkanen

Did you know that though Native Americans have been exposed to the gospel for more than 500 years, only 5% of them have become believers? This conference is designed to inspire and equip Christians for Native American outreach. Guest speakers are: Pastor John Piper, Greg Mott, and Huron Claus.

Our theme is "Maajiigin," the Ojibwe word meaning "beginning" or "begin to grow." We pray that God would use this conference to plant his Word deep in us, water it, and grow our love for and awareness of the Native American community. The conference sessions will better equip us to effectively reach out to Native Americans with the gospel.

You can get more information about the Native American Awareness Conference here.


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    GDS Theme Passage

    "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus
    Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for
    Jesus' sake. For God, who said, 'Let light shine
    out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give
    the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in
    the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure
    in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power
    belongs to God and not to us."
    - 2 Corinthians 4:5-7

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