Davis Missionaries - Native American
Gay has felt God's call for ministry to Native Americans since she was 8 years old watching a missionary show slides of Otavalin Indians. John received a burden for this work in 1996 after pastoring 10 yearsin Memphis, Missouri. At that time God told him to teach and then showed him the need among Native Americans.
Our ministry to Native Americans began with Black Hills Indian Bible College in Rapid City, South Dakota. Later the college changed its approach from residential to extension and its name to Institute for Ministry Development. Using the extension model we were mobile classrooms. We drove to where our students lived to teach classes. We have also used Skype to do fully interactive classes over the Internet. Most of this work happened in South Dakota but we also worked in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Currently we are teaching at Native American Bible College in Shannon, NC. We are again in traditional classrooms for classes but we drive to seminar classes for those too far away to use the main campus.Our goal is very straightforward: to train Native Americans to reach other Native Americans.
BURDEN AND VISION
As is necessary and Biblically mandated the mostly non-Indian churches have been sending and continue to send missionaries to the Indian peoples. However, the American Indian has also been oppressed, deceived, and robbed by whites for hundreds of years. This history of the two groups is an inherent limit on the effectiveness of those missionaries. The result has been that today only a small portion of over 3 million Native Americans have actually heard the Gospel in a culturally comprehensible form and the fraction of practicing believers is very small.There is a solution. In the world of missions, people hear the Gospel from the outside, and then God calls some of those who have believed into ministry.
After training, these God-called believers reach the bulk of their people. This pattern is biblically sound and has been effective in missions around theworld. Training Native Americans to reach Native Americans follows this Biblical pattern of missionary practice and provides the best possibility for reaching the bulk of Native American peoples. John and Gay are working to obey the Biblical commands to "teach them all things whatsoever I have commanded you"-and doing so-"both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and inSamaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth".
John and Gay Davis
Native American Bible College
355 Albert Currie Road
Shannon, North Carolina 28386