On top of all of that, I had the wonderful privilege of speaking at The Baptist Indian Fellowship Crusade this year. It is a five night event where eight Native American Churches come together for one reason and that is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The BIF crusade has been going on for years. They have had speakers from all over the country come in and speak over the years. So when they asked me to speak, I was extremely humbled and overwhelmed all at the same time. But I can truly say it was an awesome experience.
The crusade takes months and months to plan. There are a lot of man hours that go into making an event like this happen. But the thing I was the most impressed with was the amount of prayer that these churches put into the crusade. They met together often to plan and pray. They prayed for the churches, the speaker (me), the reservations, and most of all the people who would be coming.
I loved seeing all the churches come together! It was not something that you see every day. The eight churches that currently make up the BIF are spread all over the Central and Southern part of Arizona. Some of them traveled several miles to make it to the crusade each night. Mainstream American churches could have learned a lot from being a part of this crusade. Each night different churches were in charge of "serving." They would take care of the nursery, food, and their choir would sing.
|Getting ready to walk step by step through the Gospel- Night #1|
|It was a pretty full house each night!|
One thing I love about Native Life on the reservation is that it is an outside culture. We could have very well met inside in the church, but everyone wanted to meet outside under the Ramada. They wanted not only those who were present to hear the Gospel, but they also wanted the entire community to hear it as well. So we cranked up the sound system and the Gospel went out.
|All Nations Baptist Church preparing to sing|
Our family truly feels blessed to serve alongside such a great group of believers! The entire BIF has made us feel like family. We look forward to each time we get to see all of them.
|Felix Juan- BIF Chairman|
Please pray for him as he leads.
Like I said. I was truly humbled to be able to be asked to speak at the crusade this year. The Gospel was proclaimed and God was glorified.
Please make this group a part of your daily prayer life.
Here are the churches that make up the BIF:
First Pima Baptist Church
Santan Baptist Church
Casa Blanca Baptist Church
Blackwater Baptist Church
Mesa Baptist Indian Fellowship
All Nations Baptist Church
First Indian Baptist Church
First Papago Baptist Church