Storyteller

Dorothy Harvey (Navajo)

Dorothy grew up in Sweetwater, Arizona on the Navajo reservation where she lived without running and electricity. She tells about how they used to dress up rocks pretending they were dolls. As an adult she got involved in a bad marriage. It was very difficult. But her faith in Jesus helped her through. Now she encourages others who have problems.

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Merritt Youngdeer (Cherokee) Part 2

Have you ever gotten tired of the way you’re living? Merritt did. He knew that what he was doing wasn’t right and it was taking a toll on him. Something had to change. This is the story of how that change came… a story about hard questions, real answers, and how a troubled man finally found peace with God.

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Merritt Youngdeer (Cherokee) Part 1

Merritt sought to live a perfect life. He thought that this was necessary to be a Christian. But as much as he tried he found that he just couldn’t do it. And so finally, he gave up trying. But that didn’t leave him feeling any better. This is part one of his story of how he finally found peace with God.

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Leona Olsen (Aleut)

Leona is from the village of Tatitlek on Prince William Sound in Alaska. She grew up in a large family as one of ten children. At the age of 12, her father passed away. Her brother took up fishing to help support the family. Her mother sent her to school in hopes of preparing Leona for life. It was there that she discovered that something was missing in her life. Listen as she joyfully shares how she finally found what she was looking for… and how it changed her life.

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Martin Bear (Cree – Maliseet) Part 2

Martin believed that he would die an alcoholic. His wife coped with his drinking by abusing prescription meds. When it landed her in the hospital Martin didn’t care. But when lasting change came into her life, he noticed. Find out what she had, and what would eventually change Martin’s life too.

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Something wonderful happened to me – The Testimony of Gary Quequish (Oji-Cree)

“So great was the presence of God – I thought we were going to die. So heavy was the load of sin – a crushing – the heavy load on my back. I couldn’t even speak… couldn’t even lift up my eyes. God was in there… and I begged for mercy.” And that’s exactly what God gave Gary – mercy. As you listen to Gary tell his story, you’ll understand why he was begging for mercy, and you’ll understand why he’s never been the same since that day. He also speaks to the truth that Jesus is for all people, including the First Nations. This is a story that everyone needs to hear. Enjoy it. Share it!

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God, I don’t want to live like this anymore – The Story of Chug Garreau (Lakota)

Chug grew up on the reservation in the ranch and rodeo life.  He also grew up with alcohol which caused a lot of problems in his home, and eventually, in his own life.  He was only a junior in high school when he left home after a fight with his dad.  But that didn’t fix his problems.  In fact, they were really just beginning.  Years past and his troubles grew worse.  As time went on Chug could see that his rebellion and addictions were bringing him down… and that it was taking a toll on his young family.  The pain and shame of his actions – it was all catching up with him and he wanted to find a way out.  His wife discovered it first, and then he too found the way… the only way.  It was through Jesus Christ.

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Martin Bear (Cree – Maliseet) Part 1

Martin was abandoned by his parents when he was thirteen years old. It was then that he had his first taste of alcohol. It wouldn’t be his last. The bottle had a grip on Martin that would not let go. Listen as he shares about his early years before Christ came into his life.

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From Gang enforcer to Gospel messenger – The testimony of Thomas Ranville (Metis)

Thomas grew up with a lot of alcohol and violence.  He reasoned that jail was a way for him to escape home and so he ended up in the Manitoba Youth Center.  Because he was a good fighter one of the workers they encouraged him to take up boxing.  It became a way to vent his anger, and he became very good at it.  He eventually became a gang enforcer where violence was his trade.  But somewhere along the way, God began to get his attention.  Finally, reeling from one the darkest nights of his life, as he was cleaning up the blood in his clubhouse, Thomas decided to follow Jesus Christ… and he’s never been the same.  Now he shares with gang members, and whoever else will listen, the new life that he’s found in Christ.  His message is powerful because he’s living proof that Jesus saves!

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Abandoned but not Forsaken. The Testimony of Soapy Dollar (Mescalero Apache)

A young, pregnant teenager leaves her reservation for the city and gives birth to her child. She returns home alone, after leaving her baby in an alley. The child is found by a fortune-teller who takes him home and passes him around for the first five years of his life. Finally, she places him in a home for delinquent and homeless boys. You could say that life had not begun well for this little boy. But God had plans for this abandoned child that no one could have ever imagined. If you need to be reminded today that God is bigger than your circumstances, and unhindered by your past, this story will encourage and inspire you. Listen. Enjoy. Share.

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