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Ron McManus: Leadership center launched (December 30, 2001)

Norman Arnesen: History's supreme event (December 23, 2001)

Dr. Everett Bartholf: Help for the holidays (December 16, 2001)

"Auntie" Anne Beiler: God has a plan (December 9, 2001)

Mary Inman: Raising seven sons for Christ (November 25, 2001)

Tony Hall: Feeding the hungry, one person at a time (Novemer 18, 2001)

John Maracle: A growing Native American Fellowship (November 11, 2001)

Al Peterson: Praying for national leaders (October 28, 2001)

Beverly LaHaye: The family is God's gift (October 21, 2001)

Terry Meeuwsen: Putting family first (October 14, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Changing the world, one student at a time (September 30, 2001)

Nate Cole: You are not alone (September 16, 2001)

George Cope: Training pastors, missionaries and evangelists (September 9, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: Breaking down the barriers (August 26, 2001)

John Kilpatrick: The blessings and challenges of revival (August 19, 2001)

Marie Colwill: A passion for evangelism (August 12, 2001)

Lottie Riekehof: The Joy of Signing (July 22, 2001)

John Castellani: Teen Challenge: The Jesus factor (July 15, 2001)

Mike and John Tompkins: Publishing newspapers and proclaiming the Good News (July 8, 2001)

Chuck Girard: Music, marriage and ministry (June 24, 2001)

Stanley Burgess: The value of a godly father (June 17, 2001)

Dennis Franck: Single Adult Ministries Agency (June 10, 2001)

Thomas E. Trask: The work of the Holy Spirit (May 27, 2001)

Stephen Tourville: The changing church in America (May 20, 2001)

Margaret Columbia: Raising 17 children for Christ (May 13, 2001)

Donna Fahrenkopf: Wanted: a life change (April 29, 2001)

Sean Smith: Spiritual attacks on young people (April 22, 2001)

Josh McDowell: Is the Bible true? (April 15, 2001)

Joyce Meyer: Being a practical Christain (April 8, 2001)

Paul Drost: Multiplication (March 18, 2001)

Bill Bright: Fasting for 40 days (March 11, 2001)

Beth Grant: Women in ministry (February 25, 2001)

Alicia Chole: His people and His presence (February 18, 2001)

Cris Carter: Playing on God's team (January 28, 2001)

Randall K. O'Bannon: The value of life (January 21, 2001)

Dennis Gaylor: Secular colleges: a vital mission field (January 14, 2001)

A growing Native American Fellowship

(November 11, 2001)

John E. Maracle is a Mohawk Indian currently serving a four-year term as president of the Native American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. He has pastored Assemblies of God churches in North Carolina, New York and Wisconsin. He spoke recently with Ken Horn, managing editor.

Evangel: What is the Native American Fellowship?

Maracle: The Native American Fellowship is a voluntary cooperative fellowship of Native American tribes and people groups focused on evangelism, equipping leaders, establishing churches and networking. We work in voluntary cooperation with Native American Christian churches as well as our districts and the Assemblies of God Division of Home Missions. Our goal is to reach our generation for Christ.

Evangel: How many different tribes and groups are involved?

Maracle: There are 601 different tribes in the United States, and the Assemblies of God is on 104 reservations. We have 183 churches. There are also four American Indian Bible colleges and institutions.

Evangel: What do Pentecostal Evangel readers need to know about the cultures the Native American Fellowship represents?

Maracle: Every tribe is unique. They differ in their language, their culture, their thinking, their worldview. There are differences between Indians east of the Mississippi and those west of the Mississippi. They differ extremely from the Northeast to the Southwest and Alaska, depending on the contact and their treaties that have been made with the United States. There are some tribes that have federal recognition and others that have state recognition. And then there are those which exist as rancheros – they are distinct peoples but they don’t have the recognition on the federal level.

Evangel: One of your goals is to establish indigenous churches on Indian reservations. Please explain this concept for our readers.

Maracle: Our goal is to train leaders who can raise up churches on every reservation and urban center that are self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. We want to see Indian leadership on every level – Native American people reaching Native American people for Christ.

Native American people are out there doing the work that God has called them to do, working on the indigenous concept. From Alaska all the way down through the states there are native communities and there are native ministers and there are native pastors on every level of ministry within the body of Christ. We have chaplains in the military and in jails and prisons. We have educators and broadcasters and lawyers as well as Indian chiefs and politicians involved in Indian Tribal Governments. We have people on all levels of leadership, and we want to equip them to reach their generation.

Evangel: What is your greatest need?

Maracle: We need more workers, both Indian and non-Indian, to reach the American Indians all across North America. The fruit of what we are seeing across Indian country is the result of the diligent efforts of great missionaries with the indigenous church concept. The fruit of their ministry is what we are seeing today in the Indian leadership that is growing in America and in the Assemblies of God.

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