The native american indian reservation in our area has been an ongoing concern of churches and ministries here. The issues of racism and culture clash in our region are between the native american people and the white people. While most people might not want to perpetuate the us/them mentality, history has created a cultural barrier that seems nearly impossible to overcome.First let me be clear that I have no experience in ministry to native americans. I speak simply as a concerned believer, raised in the midst of this aspect of racism in our culture, frustrated with the reality of the barriers that exist.
Outsiders often come in to this region critical of the fact that the church has done nothing about ministering to the poverty and need on the reservation. However, the reality is that there have been and continue to be many attempts to serve and to help.
Quite a few years ago, I remember listening to a native american pastor explain the frustration of preaching the gospel because it is rejected as the white man’s gospel.The damage that has been done to their identity as a people is so great. There are no easy answers. I pray that someone can inspire them with a message of dignity, opportunity, and hope that will allow them to reframe their story and their identity in the light of the gospel.
In the meantime, there is so much to learn and mentalities to be confronted in becoming a person who understands authentic ministry that is missional and incarnational rather than condescending and imperialistic.
This short video seemed appropriate to the situation.