Assemblies of God SearchSite GuideStoreContact Us
Current_issue
Subscribe
Spanish
Daily_Boost
Previous_issues
Key_Bearers
Weekly_drawing
Conversations
Guard_your_heart
Bible_reading_guide
ABCs_of_salvation
Questions_Answers
Who_we_are
Staff
speakers
PE_Books
Contact_us
Links
Home

Vantage point


Because One Person Came

John E. Maracle is the president (and chief) of the Native American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. He tells me the AG has the second-largest outreach in the United States to American Indians. We have 191 churches and three Bible colleges.

That’s good. But there are 601 different Indian tribes across the nation. That means we don’t even have one church for every three tribes!

And every tribe is different, according to Maracle.

“There’s as much difference in American Indian tribes as there is between a Norwegian and a Japanese,” he says.

Maracle, who is also an executive presbyter of the AG, spoke in our headquarters chapel in June of this year. A leading member of the Mohawk nation, he shared the following about his godly heritage:

“It was because one person came to my reserve — my reservation — and a Pentecostal revival broke out that my grandmother gave her heart to the Lord. Because that one person came, my mom and my dad and my brother and my sisters and my aunts and my uncles know Jesus Christ today as Lord and Savior. Because that one person came, my grandmother led me to the Lord when I was 5 years old. Because that one person came, when my father came back from the war, Brother Joseph Flower was there to lead my dad to the Lord.”

Because one person came, generations of Maracles know Jesus and have, in return, led countless others to the Lord.

What an example. The AG is involved in ministry to and by many other ethnic groups. But many still need a stronger gospel witness.

Perhaps someone reading this will be the next one to make a huge difference in a life, a family, a people.

Today, Intercultural Ministries Day, we celebrate our unity in Jesus in the midst of our differences in culture.

Ken Horn

E-mail your comments to pe@ag.org.

E-mail this page to a friend.
©1999-2009 General Council of the Assemblies of God