We just got back after a wonderful weekend in Cherokee. We were asked to march in the Cherokee Christmas parade. Norm Dunkin and the gang from Carriage Lane Presbyterian who have been marching in the parade for many years extended the invitation to us last week, and we jumped at the opportunity. They have been such a dedicated church committed to ministering to the people of Cherokee for two decades.
Looking for Our Replacements
As fun as it was to romp around in silly costumes, there was a very serious side to it. We were able to see the faces and meet more of the people we want to reach with the gospel. As I handed out candy and souvenirs to the little children, I wondered if any them would be part of the church we are looking to plant. I was looking for my replacement who would one day be a leader in the church and raise up others for the spreading of the gospel throughout all of Native America. Will any of those young boys grow up to be elders, pastors, youth leaders, or missionaries? Are any of those little girls going to become a Sunday school teacher one day, or maybe even a missionary like Tammy Jackson (MTW missionary to Cherokee and Lummi)? We can only wonder, but the Lord knows.
- Regina and Shiah
While in Cherokee we met with our fellow missionaries, Scott and Ruth Hill, as well as Norm Dunkin. We were able to dream, plan, and pray about what we hope the Lord would do on the reservation -- a very productive and encouraging time.
We also had an opportunity to present ourselves during Sunday school at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Sylva, NC. We cannot recommend that church enough to anyone in that region looking for a great church -- fine preaching and excellent music, and a great bunch of folks. Pastor Philip Sealy and his wife, Lori, really know how to show hospitality, too.
- Regina with dear friends, Whitney and little Kailyana
Over the last couple of days, some very significant gifts came in for which we are thankful. We also just got word of another church supporting us as well, although we are not sure of the amount just yet. But right now we know we are at 32.5% of pledged regular giving. Pray we get passed 50% before year's end.
- Norm and Blue (Ryan)
It was a bitter/sweet time we had in Cherokee. The trip was out of the blue, but it turned out to be such a great blessing. We long to be there and minister among the Cherokee full-time. There is so much to do. The youth of Cherokee suffer the same personal and social ills as many other Native reservations. There is no shortage of challenges -- none too difficult for Jesus to handle. If all our friends pledged $50 per month, we would be packing our bags tomorrow. Please help us get there that we might plant a church. Please visit our Five Things You Can Do page to learn about how you can get us there. .
As we take the month of December to prepare us for our celebration of Christmas, please check our our Cheers! blog post. We are are unashamedly, boldly, and hopefully humbly asking for financial gifts to support our efforts in Cherokee. We cannot do this without you.
Have a great Advent Season!