Pow Wow

May – June Newsletter, 2017  Rick McPherson

“Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.  This is a time method to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.”   Pow

It’s that time again.  The weather has warmed.  School is out.  Vacations are planned.  It’s summer!  For many of us, it couldn’t (and wouldn’t), come soon enough.  But it has arrived and we’re thankful.  With the changes we’re able to be mobile and travel to various Pow Wows across the country. 

One of the biggest in North America is held at Crow Agency, Montana.  We have been to Crow Fair many times and taken truckloads of groceries and supplies to Pastor Ken Pretty-On-Top and the Crow Nation.  Followers of this ministry have seen pictures of hundreds of Native people lined up to receive boxes of food and boots, too!  Closer to home is the Nez Perce Pow Wow held at Lapwai, Idaho with Pastor Antonio Smith and the Native American Missionary Evangelical Church.   In our own backyard is the Delta Park Pow Wow in Portland, Oregon and the Wiconi International Pow Wow held each July in Turner, Oregon.   Each of these Pow Wows is an opportunity for Pacific NW Outreach to participate and provide much needed supplies to encourage and enable the resident Pastors and Tribal leaders that we support.  It’s what we do.  It’s our mission.  It’s our commission. 

Our marching orders have not changed.  The Lord Jesus has told us…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…baptizing them…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…”  St. Matthew 28: 19-20

He also said…

“I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” 

St. Matthew 25:35-40

With financial help and prayerful support from people like you, we are able to do this ministry and help a nation of people that are essentially forgotten in our world.  However, they’re not forgotten by God, us or you.  For that, I’m very grateful!