USA (MNN) — God is moving in the hearts of Native American
young people as Spring Break outreach comes to a close in Florida. A team of Native Americans representing Ron
Hutchcraft Ministries' On Eagles Wings ministry is nearing the end of its reservation ministry and is reporting good news.
According to On Eagles' Wings Craig Smith, "With
the help and encouragement of a local Native church, our team and the local
believers partnered together to make the outreaches some of the most powerful
and relevant youth-oriented ministry they had ever seen."
Smith says that like many Native churches nationwide, the
congregations tend to be older people and many don't have regular and relevant
youth ministry going on.
He says, "These dear folks stood in amazement as the
hope stories of our team members connected to the youth of this community. Stories
of victory through Christ over drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, and even
suicide attempts among our team rang out through the night sky as the light of
the Gospel moved outside the walls of a few small local churches and met
hurting Native youth in their 'home court,' where they often hang out night
after night shooting hoops and just trying to survive."
Many of these believers went outside of their "comfort zones" and listened
to the beat of hip-hop music so they could feed the crowds who came to
participate in the youth outreach. They were moved to tears by the 30 people
who made professions of faith in Christ.
One young man came to Christ out of a relationship with one
of the team members who is a talented skateboarder and inline skater. This
young man made a connection, heard the Gospel, felt God's leading, and made a
commitment to Christ.
The team is asking that you continue to pray for them as
they come to the conclusion of the outreach in Florida. Pray that God would
continue to touch the hearts of hurting Native American young people trapped by
sin and desperation.