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on NATIVE MINISTRY FOCUS

When Dan first began meeting Native people of Canada he was attracted to their generous hospitality, integrity, and their value on the dignity of life.
 

After three decades of living among and serving alongside them Dan continues to gain perspective on life and ministry. These workshops offer wisdom principles on a variety of issues.

 

 

105) ISN’T WHAT YOU JUST SAID RACISM?

Racism is the belief that differences between people determine cultural or individual achievement. It usually involves the idea that one’s own ethnicity is superior. How do followers of Jesus learn to recognize and own tendencies toward racism? What about racial blinders and white privilege? Becoming aware and sensitive to our own prejudices and ethnocentricity is a very wise thing to do. (The following three workshops represent an expansion of this workshop.)

 

 

106) MISSING PAGES IN OUR HISTORY BOOKS

It’s much easier to understand people when we become aware of their history. For example, it gives the story of Jesus’ life added meaning to know that He lived in the context of a mainstream society—the Roman Empire. The Jewish homeland of Palestine was conquered by the Romans about sixty years before Christ was born. We know God is the Lord of history. History is the story of the arena of God’s activity. This workshop explores events in history that will help us understand and appreciate the present-day search for Native self-determination and a restored identity.

 

 

107) FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION

Assumptions. Bias. Prejudice. Stereo-type. Discrimination. Anger. Fear. Our blinders are the natural (sinful) tendency to see ourselves as normal and others different than us as abnormal. The bad news is people can hurt us. Sometimes it’s people we trust. We feel injured and wronged. The good news is God has made a way to deal with this pain—forgiveness. Learn how to be an agent of forgiveness and reconciliation even if you feel personally innocent.

 

 

108) FRIENDS AND YOKEFELLOWS

Many friendships happen with little effort. The apostle Paul described his relationship with the brothers and sisters at Philippi by using the word yokefellow. Yokefellows have a definite purpose in ministry. It’s a label describing people whose lives are bound together for a common purpose. A commitment to advancing the gospel of Christ was what “yoked” (or glued) Paul to his fellow workers. Learn how to cultivate and maintain healthy intercultural relationships for the cause of the gospel.

 

 

109) NATIVE IDENTITY FROM SCRIPTURE

Regardless of anyone’s ethnicity, true identity can only come through relationship with Jesus Christ as revealed to us through His Word. Although God did inspire the Scriptures, He did not bypass the human vessels through which the message came. So while the Bible did not come from Jewish culture, it did come through it. Discover just how relevant Scripture is to Native people through a survey of the seven connecting points between Native and Jewish histories and cultures.

 

 

110) TRADITIONAL SPIRITISM

What is it? Why do some people call it Indian Religion? How did it begin? Why do some believe it’s so similar to Christianity while others think it’s very different? Is it right to try to change people who worship the same God? In a day of great longing to be connected to the Eternal, it’s helpful to know some natural bridges to the gospel that Traditional Spiritism offers . . . for God has not left Himself without a witness (Acts 14:17).

 

 

111) RECLAIMING BROKEN CULTURE

God gives people culture to help them become aware of Him in general ways. Through God’s common grace, He has placed His law in the hearts of all peoples. He reveals Himself in special ways through His Son and His Word. The gospel of Christ is always counter-cultural. No culture has ever heard it and said “Yeah, we knew that.” So how does any Christ-follower reclaim the culture? This workshop discusses family life, education, self-government, business, politics, and the growing Native church.

 

 

112) THE CROSS OF CHRIST

In a day when Christianity is often viewed as Whiteman’s religion and unrelated to the life and needs of Native peoples it can be very helpful to take a fresh look at the cross of Christ. What were the events leading up to the cross? What actually happened on the cross? Why did Jesus die? How does the cross relate to issues of prophecy, hurt and pain, abandonment, sacrifice, healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, treaty, identity? Discover how Christ’s death offers true hope and life to Native people.