Pine Ridge - Season 1, Episode 8
Cleveland remains sober, so thank you for praying for him. I am believing with you that he will become an abandoned follower of the Lord.
The funeral was a unique opportunity to preach the Gospel. Jackson, my colleague, reminded me I had actually led the man whose funeral I was asked to preach at to Christ about a year and a half ago. I was able to finally put two and two together. I don't know where the drinkers who died stood with God (it didn't look good from what I saw at their wakes), but with Tres I feel great assurance.
Here’s a bit of the backstory.
We drove Tres home one night. He sat quiet in the back of my truck, but I felt led to ask him about the condition of his soul. He confessed he didn't know, but wanted to know. After I shared the Gospel, he repented with tears, forgiving those who had sinned against him, and asking Jesus to be the Lord of His life. As we prayed, the presence of God filled the truck in a powerful way. We all sensed He was answering our prayer. Tres said he felt something had lifted off his shoulders.
Now, a year and a half later, Tres’ father asks me to preach at his funeral. Al Dreamer was originally going to use one of the prominent medicine men to facilitate the funeral, but said, "No, I want Wade to do it."
This in itself is a miracle. I preached twice, once at his wake and another at his gravesite. There were likely 150 people or so at his latter, and I believe Jackson and I were the only non natives. It was a unique door to preach to a traditional audience. I felt the unction of God, and talked about assurance of salvation through the blood and resurrection of Jesus, something that the traditional religion of the Lakota obviously does not and cannot offer… there is no assurance there. There was a good response, as several came up to talk to me after the ceremony.
I had the amazing honor of being adopted recently. Harrison No Neck gathered his family and told me while I was at his house he'd been waiting to do this. He got a star quilt blanket, and had me stand up. He then put it on my shoulders (I felt the presence of God as he did it) and said he wanted to officially adopt me as his brother. In the Lakota way, this means I'm his brother for life, no matter what. It is a great honor. The following week, Harrison’s spouse LaDonna adopted my wife Katie as her sister. We are humbled and don't take this lightly.
The Work at Kyle
We just met with the district leadership in Kyle. Unfortunately, the president of the district will not let us use the abandoned Baptist church building (yet) for our church services. The good news is that the 25 or so who attended the district meeting and heard our proposal were overwhelmingly supportive! In fact, they were unhappy with the president's decision and wanted us to have the building that night — even though they just met us!
I was humbled by the way Robin, a council member, really spoke up for me, the family, and our team. After the meeting, the elders there said, “Don't give up.” They urged us to follow through, and said we would surely get the building. This is huge in light of the community’s previous resistance. I believe it is the fruit of your prayers.
Last Sunday, we had two new visitors, and I sense a breakthrough in the atmosphere.
We also had a couple of powerful healings. One was
Harrison's sister who suffered with severe tendentious in her shoulder. She could not move her arm all the way back because of it. There was also severe pain in her back that the doctors were saying might be a sign of something more serious.
After prayer — ironically after preaching John 5 about the lame man at Bethesda, and Romans 10:17 — the power of God went into her body. To her amazement, all pain left her arm and back, and she could reach back and grab her other hand, something she has been unable to do for years.
I asked her if she wanted to give her life to Jesus. She had been standoffish to God, but after experiencing His presence and healing, she said “yes.” She prayed out for Jesus to save her and be her Lord, and then testified immediately of her miracle. Praise God!
Harrison's mother, who was also there, had trouble breathing, and was in chronic pain from a tumor near her lungs. After prayer, the pain vanished! Instead she felt this warmth from her head to her toes. This brought great encouragement to Harrison as he has been praying earnestly for the salvation of his family. To God be the glory, for great is His power and love!
Thank you for praying for the time with Broken Walls. There was a good turn out for their three events, and many were touched. I brought Ricky and his family. The kids were blessed and so excited.
I was humbled as lead singer Jonathan Maracle and church leader Willie Jock from the Mohawk tribe of upstate New York, honored me publicly by placing necklaces around my neck and calling me their brother. Then a man named Troy from the Chikahominy tribe did the same. Then I was given a picture of an eagle. It was almost overwhelming.
Credit: Wade Kate