Dakota Native Leaders Making an Impact

March 3, 2009 · Filed under News


Dakota District Native Ministry Leadership Team

Rich Avery, WNAM’s director, met recently with the Dakota District’s Native Ministry Leadership Team in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Pictured from left to right are:  Mrs. Johanna Yellowhawk, Dr. Jerry Yellowhawk, Dr. Paul Turner, Rev. Isaac Smith (District Superintendent), Mrs. Dale Salway, Rev. Larry Salway, and Rev. Rich Avery.

Members of the team shared their goals for summer work teams, plans for relaunching Native churches in Eagle Butte and Pierre, and updates on the launch of the Lakota Theological Education by Extension program (which will equip future pastors and ministry leaders).  Pastors Larry and Dale Salway also shared how their church, He Sapa New Life Wesleyan Church in Rapid City, is experiencing exciting growth through new conversions, and is at capacity many weekends with 70 in attendance.  They are now talking about adding a second Sunday worship service to accommodate future growth.

We praise God for what He is doing through the District to multiply Native believers, leaders and churches.  And we thank Him for your continued support of WNAM, which helps make this all possible.