Generally speaking, there’s a deep divide between the indigenous people of North America and Christianity. But difficult is not impossible, and the Lord has a specific calling for Native believers.
“They’re the most powerful messengers to go to their people,” Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries says.
“It has always been rare for a Native American to choose Christ. Then, when they do, there is something very powerful unleashed.”
In 2020, Native Americans comprised approximately one percent of the Christian population in the United States. “For 400 years, the percentage of Native people who chose Christ and ended up living for Him for a lifetime has been discouragingly small,” Hutchcraft says.
“For the most part, Jesus has been ‘the white man’s God.’ There are historical reasons why that lie has been told and believed for much of that time.”
On Eagles’ Wings, a division of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, is a Native-focused youth ministry. Learn how you can pray for and equip Native believers here. “For the past 30 years, we watched them battle for their futures, their lives, and the battle for their commitment to Christ,” Hutchcraft says.
“It’s been awesome to see the difference they can make; they are the face of hope for their people.”
Below, Hutchcraft describes why Native young people are so influential when they come to Christ.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for healing. Many Native youths have suffered sexual abuse, verbal abuse, issues of addiction, depression, and abandonment. These wounds create spiritual vulnerability.
- Pray for wisdom for ministry leaders as they disciple Native believers and reach more communities for Christ.