Native American

“Why you always smiling?” The Testimony of Julius Twohearts (Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux)

Julius Twohearts – Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux: Julius grew up on the Spirit Lake reservation in northeastern North Dakota. From his youth, his life was a toxic mixture of anger and alcohol. He eventually went to prison for attacking a police officer – sending him to the hospital. Years later, while Julius was drinking under a bridge, a stranger came and told him about Jesus. After that it seemed no matter where he went people would talk to him about Jesus. Slowly, his hard heart began to soften… and he opened it to the Lord. It’s been a long and painful journey, but today, Julius is known for his smile. As you listen to him share, you’ll actually hear him smiling. Find out why… maybe you’ll smile too.

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No Turning Back – The Story of Herman Williams (Navajo)

Herman was born and raised on the Navajo reservation. His grandparents brought him up in the Navajo language, culture, and tradition. As a teenager he jumped in the back of truck for a two-week work opportunity, and headed off the rez for the first time in his life. He was surprised and intrigued by what he saw… and decided he wanted to explore this new world. Two weeks turned into two years… and what happened in that time changed his life forever. Listen as Herman shares about his culture, his faith, and the amazing adventures he had as a follower of Jesus Christ. Herman is home with the Lord now, but his story continues to inspire and challenge those who hear it. We hope it will do the same for you.

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The Shepherd’s Song – Psalm 23

These are challenging days across Native North America and throughout the world. For many First Nations and Native American communities, the prospect of contracting Covid-19 is frightening. Underlying health conditions put many Native people at greater risk with this deadly coronavirus. Tribal leaders are working hard to protect their communities and we’re grateful. The uncertainty of life is very apparent in times like these… and so is the shadow of death. So where do we turn… where do we find hope when things are so difficult? Soapy Dollar, Mescalero Apache and host of The Storyteller radio program points us to where he has found it, and where you can too.

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“Hate, that’s all we knew.” But then he found Love. The Story of Jim Rickteroff (Athabaskan)

Jim grew up being hated, abused, and very angry… and so it wasn’t long before he was bent on getting revenge. He trained in martial arts, preparing for the day when he would meet his abusers again. He was hot on the trail of one of them in Anchorage… but when Jim would go in the front door, the man would slip out the back.  Then something incredible happened which brought him face to face with this man. If you’ve ever been abused, struggled with forgiveness, or know someone who has, this is a story you won’t want to miss.  Have a listen, and then pass along the blessing to someone who needs to hear this.

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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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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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I’m Free – The Story of Allen Early (San Carlos Apache)

Allen, a San Carlos Apache, was raised by his father in the traditional way.  He got involved in alcohol, drugs, and gang life and became so violent that his own people wanted him put away. But jail couldn’t hold him. He escaped many times.  Finally, after a successful manhunt, he was put in solitary confinement.  There he tried to hang himself but failed.  So he decided to starve himself to death.  It was then that a man came into the jail and shared his personal story about how Jesus Christ changed his life.  Allen listened through the walls of his cell… and what happened next changed his life forever.

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From Darkness to Light – The Story of Karen Garreau (Lakota)

With a striking level of honesty, Karen shares about her darkest hours amid a deep depression, the despair that had her bound, and the love that set her free.  If you or someone you know has ever struggled with the pain and shame of the past, suicidal thoughts, or any level of depression, then you’ll want to listen to this amazing story.  There truly is hope and healing in Jesus.  Karen is living proof!

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