Jan 27, 2011

SONRISE 2011: A Spiritual Awakening in our Native Nations

In March of 1975, approximately 100 Native Christian leaders came together in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss the current efforts of evangelism, discipleship and church growth through the Christian Church among the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere. It was then that Dr. Billy Graham stated,
      “The Native American is a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelist who will help win America for Christ!”


According to the Institute of Native American studies, an affiliate of the US Center for World Mission, there are now 51.1 million indigenous peoples in 24 countries of North, Central and South America including one tribe in the Caribbean. Wycliffe Bible Translators publishes a listing of over 1,200 living languages spoken by these people.


Surveys suggest that more than 73% of the total populations of indigenous peoples of the Americas are unreached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


After years of missionary efforts of evangelism and outreach the greatest need of the hour is to strengthen the Native American fellowship within the Body of Christ, thus reinforcing the developing Christian leadership of our churches and of our communities at large. Strong Native leadership means a strong Native church which will reach out to evangelize not only their own people more effectively but corporately gain a heart to evangelize the nations of the world.


For more than thirty six years CHIEF has conducted Native pastor’s conferences, and short-term discipleship training institutes on First Nations/Native American reservations and in urban areas across North America. In 1981 CHIEF hosted the First International Congress on Evangelism among Native American Leadership. In 1992 CHIEF hosted the International Native American Congress on Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Growth.


On March 14 – 17, 2011, CHIEF will be hosting an International SonRise 2011 Leadership Summit – “A Spiritual Awakening in our Native Nations” Conference, in Phoenix, Arizona.


More than fifty tribal Christian leaders, pastors, evangelists, from Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil and Mongolia are invited to speak. Twenty four workshops on Indigenous Evangelism, Discipleship and Community Impact will be presented during the conference.


Each day there will be exhibits, panel discussions, and opportunities to network with key Native leaders and ministries currently working among the many tribal groups in the western hemisphere.


CHIEF is appealing to the Christian community of churches, ministries, schools, study groups and individuals to set those specific days of March 14 -17, 2011 to pray for Native evangelism, discipleship, and community impact of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.


The CHIEF web site will be posting opportunities for you to specifically pray and interact with the activities of SonRise 2011. Stay tuned! Let us hear from you!


 For those planning to attend SonRise 2011
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