Native American Mission is a program focused on Native American communities in Oklahoma and Alabama to provide them spiritual resources and opportunities to nurture their faith.
Vision: The aim of the mission is to foster spiritual and holistic growth of the Native American communities and to provide youths and the families opportunity for direct involvement in mission.
Background: The Native Americans are indigenous people who have lived in the Americas for thousands of years. They belong to over 500 different tribes with distinct culture, language, and traditions. Our mission work is with the Choctaw & Houma Tribes. Many of these tribes struggle with poverty, health issues, alcoholism, unemployment, and other challenges. They have a lack of leadership and resources. Only 20% of the total population is affiliated with any Christian church. Of these, only 25% of the churches are led by the Native American leaders
Project Design: The Mission serves the Choctaw Native Indian community in Oklahoma and Mount Vernon, Alabama. The Mission is conducted in partnership with Choctaw Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma and Alders gate Methodist Church in Alabama.
Mission Activities: The mission organizes seasonal camps, youth conferences, Bible studies, Vacation Bible Schools, Medical Clinics, leadership training for future church leaders, team building sessions, community carnivals, basketball tournaments and building and renovation project.
Volunteers from various parts of the diocese respond to the Great Commission and engage in the Mission. This provides an opportunity for the youths and families to show God's love in action through direct involvement in the mission and be Christian witness.
Expansion: The Native American Mission subcommittee explored the possibility of opening up a new site in the Arizona / New Mexico area. A visit was made to two mission fields last year. The first meeting was in Phoenix, AZ with the Episcopal Church Diocese of Arizona and another with the Good Shepherd Mission, Fort Defiance, AZ- which is under the direction of the Episcopal Mission Diocese of Navajo land.
Resources: Suvisesha Nidhi collection and other donations