Red Nation

Montana has extreme weather, but nothing prepared us for the cold we are experiencing now. Yesterday, it was minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind was blowing at eight miles per hour. While taking out the trash, I met a fellow who asked if I was enjoying their ‘Indian summer?’ “Oh, sorry for you,” I said, meaning every word of it. My heart ached for the people I saw walking around outside.

As I read the history of this area and about the tribes that live here, I am stunned by the multitude of conflicting historical perspectives. History, it turns out, is subjective and inherently biased. It all depends on who you accept as your trustworthy source. Ultimately, what matters most, is not what is written but what the person in front of you believes because that is what shapes their reality, and reality for most here is as harsh as the weather.

In 1877, the Ogalala Lakota Sioux chief Crazy Horse predicted that “the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world.” Billy Graham gave a similar prediction nearly a hundred years later when, in 1975, he predicted that Native Americans would become a “spiritual superpower.” When there is a revival of primitive godliness on the Native reservations across America, the devils will tremble. Adversity births movements.

The world has seen multitudes of movements, some that have faltered and some that have altered the course of history. Cindy and I are honored to be here on this reservation—even if it is a little chilly. We pray every day for those around us to have dreams and visions, to have premonitions of the glory of the soon-coming Jesus. Want to see miracles? Want to be on the frontlines of mission? Join us. Ask God what your part is in the rising of the Red Nation spiritual superpower.

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