“This year, we have a smaller team. But through this small team, God is showing us how mighty He is,” team leader Wes Francis, Navajo, says.
“God doesn’t need huge numbers. He only needs people who are willing to go, people who are faithful.”
During the Summer of Hope, Native Christians like Wes share their hope stories on reservations throughout the U.S. This year, “we’ve seen people on these reservations break free from generational trauma and alcohol abuse, suicidal attempts,” Francis says.
Many Native people think Jesus is “the white man’s God.” The On Eagles Wings team shows them this isn’t true. “We also run into resentment because of things that took place long ago,” Francis adds.
“When the Europeans first came over to the United States, unfortunately, the Bible was used to enslave [people] and [commit] mass genocide. A lot of Native America has generational trauma and closed hearts to the Gospel and Jesus because of what people did.”
The team needs your prayers as they visit the final reservation. Francis requests a “three opens” type of prayer.
“Pray God opens up the hearts of the people we’re going to meet on these reservations,” he says.
“[Pray] that God would open a door for us to share what Jesus did for them on the cross. Pray that we’d have the courage to open our mouths to tell them.”
Header and story images courtesy of On Eagles Wings/Ron Hutchcraft Ministries.