Prayer on the land is a necessity if things are ever going to change in Wounded Knee but first, we must strengthen God’s people on the ground, and help bring hope and healing to key gatekeepers there.
There were certain things we felt the Lord wanted to accomplish this trip and one was to minister deliverance and healing to community members. Therefore, the first two days we prepared our team by giving them intensified training on specific strategies for praying with individuals.
We felt the Lord speaking about hopelessness and the importance for the Christians in Wounded Knee to see that God is bigger than their circumstances, and that if we pray God really can change things. Linda was supposed to teach on prophetic intercession Wed and Thurs evenings but sensed instead to first show those attending the Sentinel Group’s documentary on the First Nations revival in the Artic.
The movie encouraged those present and prepared their hearts for the intercessory prayer training over the next couple of evenings. Ivan taught on The Blessings of God, and removing the barriers that hinder us in receiving God’s Blessings during the weekdays.
Throughout the week we met and prayed with people who were in tremendous crisis due to lifelong traumatic situations. Suicidal thoughts and attempts are regular part of most families’ existence. Alcohol and drugs affect many in the community.
Our new team members were shocked on our outreach visits to see the incredible lack: extremely substandard housing without any furniture or maybe just 1 chair; clothes lines hanging all over the house with evidence of washing clothes by hand; subpar flooring, weather-worn roofs, children with inadequate clothing.
Only God heals. We are encouraged by those things our Lord did while we were there but recognize we are digging into very hard soil and presenting a new paradigm. Like Jesus we are focusing on bringing healing, health, and training to those God puts in our hands, however large or small.
If He grants more fine, but those who live in Wounded Knee must be able to stand, persevere, and battle to advance God’s agenda, pushing back the enemy in every quarter. We are there to teach, equip, support, counsel, encourage, build up, empower, and release.
Often the western church looks for exciting moments and quick fixes. However, FNCM’s ministry is one of focused prayer and persevering advancement which often calls for in-the-trenches warfare. Not many want to go there but without it we will not win the war in most Native communities.
We ask that you pray about supporting our outreach to Native communities and other groups. We have a real need to be able to broadcast our local trainings from our base here in the heartland out to native churches like Wounded Knee, Oneida and many others. This requires having the means – financial resources and technology – to establish both ends of the broadcast link.
Even now as we prepare for return trips to Oneida in August and Wounded Knee in September we are still short on the funds needed to cover our latest Wounded Knee trip. This amounts to about $700.00 dollars.
Please ask God if you’re to partner with us to see God’s mandate for justice to be established in Wounded Knee and other impoverished native communities. The healing of America, and hope for our future generations, hangs in the balance.
Ivan and Linda Doxtator PO Box 813, O’Fallon, MO 63366 www.fncm.us