Native Life Celebration - First Nations Conference
Northwest Foursquare Church
brief report on the three-day Native Life Celebration conference held at Northwest Foursquare church in
conference was sponsored by the Northwest First Nations under the leadership
of Jeff Yellow Owl, the Foursquare First
Nations District Supervisor, and was hosted by the
Part of the event was a weekend-long Native Market held in the gymnasium of the church. Native wares from at least twenty vendors were displayed and offered for sale including drums, necklaces, artworks, books, memorabilia and food! The food was available all weekend and included breakfasts, lunches and dinners with such delicacies as native tacos, chili and the third food group – muffins, Danishes and other sticky buns! Mom.
Here are some general views of the Native Market.
arrived on the Thursday afternoon and attended the leaders planning meeting
that evening and enjoyed meeting many new friends as well as several from
Alaska who came down to participate in the conference. There was a team of
over twenty who came down from
First Nations leaders from this area went up as well and it was good to get
reacquainted while in
Pastors James & Yvonne Brenn
Praise & Worship
main conference started Friday morning and registration was brisk. I never
did find out how many attended the conference but it looked like several
hundred came through for all or some part of the three days. The praise and
worship was led by several groups including a husband and wife duet from
Terry & Darlene of “Rain Song” Terry at the display table of “Rain Song”
well, Kenny Pretty-On-Top (Jr) from
Kenny Pretty-On-Top Jr and his Praise Team led powerful worship on several occasions
other sessions as well as in the Native Market Guy Peters
night saw the highlight of the conference in the open to the public Native
Life Celebration Concert with a Grand Entry, music by several people
including Guy Peters from
The church sanctuary was packed and the large overflow area was filled to capacity. Pastor Steve he has never seen so many people in his church for an event. He was blessed and blessed others by his words that evening.
Here are some pictures from the evening.
The Grand Entry was fantastic and included many Veterans and Native Leaders
Chief Ernest Gadwa from
Dancers performed many times and were called on frequently by the worship Groups.
Workshops and Messages
On Friday and Saturday several workshops were presented on topics including “Getting to know Foursquare First Nations” by Frank East, “Protocol in Indian Country” by Kenneth Pretty-On-Top Sr, Preaching Principles that Cross Cultures” by Bruce Nordquist.
well, Jerry Chapman led a session on Native Drumming
(he is an excellent and Spirit-filled drummer), Rita Lundry led a session on
All in all, there was something for everyone. I especially appreciated the workshop on Protocol and learned a lot from a senior native statesman – thank you Kenneth.
Bruce Nordquist on Preaching Principles across cultures
The main session messages were powerful by speakers such as Jeff Yellow Owl (Blackfoot), James Brenn of Skyline Foursquare Church in Anchorage, Ken Pretty-On-Top (Crow) from Montana, Mike Curtis (Athabascan/Inupiat) from Alaska as well as Pastor Steve himself. The messages were powerful and certainly spoke to my heart about what is happening in ‘Indian Country’ and how the Lord is moving in powerful ways using any whose heart is open to Him and to Native Ministry.
Jeff Yellow Owl – bringing a good word to the Conference
I made a few notes and just want to share some of them with you.
If you are born again and filled with the Holy Spirit,
you will not produce 'fruit' immediately because this indwelling is the early
rain that starts the growing process. It is the latter rain - that late rain
that did the final ripening of the crop that produces the Fruit of the Spirit
and comes later after humility and submission.
Old and New Friends - thanks
I want to mention some of the many brothers and sisters that I met for the first time during this conference. The Lord has a plan and purpose for bringing his children together and it was evident during the three days.
especially enjoyed meeting Charles and Brenda Twist
of Buffalo Lodge First Nation Ministries from
Bakersfield, California. Thanks for your friendship and wonderful humor. It
was equally good to meet Gary & Pat Walker
of Firestarters Ministries and Pastor Jim Edwards of
it was good to meet Pastor Bruce Brown of Vancouver
Native Pentecostal Church. I met one of his associate
Pastors in Toronto just a week earlier. It was great to meet up with Richard Twiss of Wiconi International
again and with Leonard John of
I cannot forget to mention Corb and Jan Morgan – the organizers of so much of the conference. I had been in e-mail contact several times and it was so good to meet them. Thanks to Pastor Steve for his welcoming church! As well, it was a pleasure to meet Sharon Lueck of the church who I could see was such a great organizer of the conference that flowing as smoothly as it did – thanks Sharon.
Here are a few other photographs of the Conference.
JR Bird, Ken(Sr) & Kenny(Jr) Pretty-On-Top. Pastor Bruce Brown from Vancouver
with Leonard John from Alaska
Enjoying the Native food.
Pastor Mike Curtis (Alaska) preaching and his wife Barbara with her beautiful necklaces.
Doug Yates (from Alaska) & myself Evangelist Gary Simple of Sacred
(He is some fantastic artist!) Ground Ministries – Alaska
Frank & Mary East of Foursquare First Nations – a blessed and blessing couple
It was such a blessing to be part of the Conference and to be looked after so royally by all there. I want to especially thank my hosts who opened their home and their van to me. Thanks so much to Chuck and Peggy Paul of Des Moines! Bless you.
My wonderful hosts - Chuck & Peggy
© Three Cord Ministries – 2009