(January 14, 2001)
Its not uncommon for medicine men to perform their rituals
for students at the Riverside Indian Boarding School in Anadarko,
Okla. However, for the first time in history, the schools principal
also decided a group of Native American Christians could share their
beliefs during a school assembly.
College Riverside Boarding School outreach team.
As a result, eight American Indian College students and a graduate
sponsor traveled from Phoenix, Ariz., to Oklahoma to conduct an outreach
at the 500-student boarding school that represents more than 50 Native
"We were invited to hold an assembly for junior high and senior
high students at the school," Sandy Ticeahkie, a graduate of
AIC who served as a sponsor on the trip, says. "There were no
restrictions for us. I told them exactly what we would be doing
I told them we would be presenting the gospel."
Ticeahkie says that because the Native American religion contains
many different practices, the principal wanted to give equal time
to other religious beliefs. With an open invitation, the students
from the Assemblies of God college shared the gospel through human
videos, special music and speaking the Word of God. At the conclusion
of the assembly, each student was handed a Bible and invited to a
youth rally that evening.
The college students were scheduled to hold youth services for two
nights at Victory Assembly of God in Anadarko, but were asked to stay
two additional nights because God was doing incredible things in the
lives of the local young people, including many students from the
"Many of these boarding school students come from all across
the country trying to get out of their poverty-stricken homes and
poor family conditions," Samuel Ware, an AIC sophomore who served
as team leader on the trip, says. "By the end of the week the
students knew there was hope in Jesus Christ."
Trusting in Jesus is not an easy thing for Native Americans. Ticeahkie
says that its viewed as a "Christian white-man religion."
However, because the AIC students participating in the outreach were
Native American, the students at the boarding school heard other Native
Americans tell them that Jesus Christ had died for their sins too.
"We told them that there were no more excuses and that our God
was not just a white mans God," Ticeahkie says. "We
showed them that our God loved everyone, and that there were no racial
Many students were saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit during the
evening services. Some had never attended a Christian church before.
Since the AIC students visited Anadarko, the young people still have
a hunger for God. "After we left we called back to see how things
were going," Ware says. "We found out that they were still
fired up and ready to make a difference in other peoples lives.
Now they want to learn to play music and do human videos. Theyre
also praying more with one another and talking to their parents about
God. There is a tremendous difference with the youth in the church."