Adventism is finally reaching my own native tribe- By Monte Church

By Monte Church
Native Ministries Coordinator
North Pacific & Canadian Unions
(Posted 4/2/2007)

Since becoming a Christian and then an Adventist, I have always had a burden for our people of the Menominnie-Stockbridge Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin where I spent my childhood. Because my family moved off the reservation in my late teens, we never had a chance to witness of our faith after becoming Adventists. 

What a thrill almost 40 years later to get a phone call from a Baptist native family from my reservation, who are well acquainted with my relatives, expressing to me how excited they were with the Native New Day video/TV programs they were able to see through Sky Angel. They expressed how thrilled they were to finally see how genuine Christianity embraces our native culture. They are now studying the Native New Day Bible lessons and are thrilled with what they are learning. In March of this year, they will be coming to Oregon to give their testimony to the Voice of Prophecy sponsored convention to share their thankfulness for the Native New Day videos and Bible lessons. 

I never thought I would see the day when Adventism would finally reach my own people. I can’t thank Safe TV® enough for all they have done for the work of native ministries in our country.

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John Weeks
John Weeks

Native ministries really important. Had a booth at the Choctaw Indian Festival last labor day and gave away lots of books, but could have given out lots of the 26 episodes on DVD. Any chance they could be copied or get plenty to give away to the native americans wherever we go. Too expensive to be giving away, but would captivate any thinking person who watched them. John in Missouri

Norman Hale
Norman Hale

May God bless your ministry especially among the native americans.Please pray for our outreach ministry here in the Shiprock,nm area. in this area,God's light is finally penetrating the darkness that satan has put in this area.I am putting out cd,dvds,magazine by adventist pastors among my navajo people.,thank you

Barb Reardon
Barb Reardon

Hey Monty I want to learn about reaching out and starting a native ministries here in warroad Ryan an I are interested Barb Reardon 401 washington st se warroad mn 56763 ph 218 386 3736

Glenn
Glenn

I Had An Awesome Time With Monte Church Today! HAPPY SABBATH !

Butch
Butch

I have seen several of your programs. To be honest they make no coherent sense. Also as a Seventh Day Adventests you ignore Col. 2:16, Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Col 2:16-19). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Larry Lyons
Larry Lyons

I would like to reach pastor Church to speak with him about ministering effectively to the native people on the Klamath River in CA. where I live. The Karuk and Yurok tribes are located along here, and also the Hupa tribe, on the Trinity River which is not far away. Thank you. Larry.

global warming
global warming

We're glad you became a follower of JC. But I to was attending the Adventist movement but found a problem. For that reason I went to and learned the truth. Hope you will keep an open mind. Take a minute of your time to check out the teachings at UCG.ORG. [real sabbath keepers] They got lots of info. And if you people really want to help stop and change the carbon footprint then one better think twice about this energy research at www.Climate Change Magnetic Energy.com before it's to late. The leaders of today have all gone astray. As the bible says. They've abandoned the most important energy we need. You study your bible and you will know why.

Judi Wagner
Judi Wagner

I too, am trying to find out how to reach Monte Church. My Native American friend and her daughter are taking the Native New Day Bible course, and were baptized 2 weeks ago. Today she saw one of the videos with Monte as the "storyteller". She was very impressed. Our church is wanting to start a ministry to other Native Americans. We thought maybe Monte could help us get started. Judi Wagner, Mariposa, CA

Quacinda Jodyne Topkok
Quacinda Jodyne Topkok

I am thankful that more SDA Christians are having an interest in Native American (First Nations People in North America) and they are beginning to be recognized (talked about). Many tribes in the world are mentioned by SDA members here in North America as legitimate mission fields yet the natives tribes in our own land have been overlooked for so many years.

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson

Hello, Just saw Monte Church tonite on the Hope channel and He blessed my heart so much. After all that some of our European ancestors did (supposedly in the name of Christianity)to harm our Native Brothers and Sisters, it has to be GOD that would put peace and forgiveness in their hearts now, so that we can walk His Path together! Thank YOU Lord!!... and thank you Bro. Monte and all the Native People of the America's...God Bless you all!

Marella
Marella

David, There are 16 Native New Day episodes now available. They are $10 per episode plus shipping. You can order them through Safe TV at: Safe TV 3732 W Liberty Avenue Springdale, Arkansas(AR) 72762 (888) 777-9392 (479)361-2900 There are also Native Bible Study Lessons available as well. These were written by Monte Church specifically for Natives. They can be ordered through Voice of Prophecy: Voice of Prophecy 101 W. Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA 93065 (805) 955-7777 Thanks for you interest, Marella

David Brown SNZ ABC
David Brown SNZ ABC

One of our customers is trying to obtain CDs or DVDs of Monte Church she has seen on HopeTV. Please send details of any available. South New Zealand ABC

danserns
danserns

Hi Jodie-- I'm sending you contact information for Monte Church in a separate email. God bless you in your ministry. Dan Serns

Jodie Heitzman
Jodie Heitzman

I'm trying to contact Monte Church. I've been referred to him by Fred Ramsey (Re-Creation Unlimited). I have volunteered with Re-Creation in the past. I will be on a short term mission team to Alaska this summer and would like to learn as much as possible about Indian missions and their beliefs about God. Fred thought Mr. Church would be able to help me. Thank you, Jodie Heitzman Spokane, WA.

Marella
Marella

Hi Barb, Thank you for your interest in Native Ministries. You can reach Monte by emailing him at Monte.Church@nw.npuc.org. Please let me know if he doesn't respond (he travels a lot) and I will see what I can do to help you. God Bless,

Marella
Marella

Dear Butch, Thank you so much for your comments. As serious Bible students we ought to not just read the Bible but also try to understand its meaning. We need to ask the question, what is the author saying in this passage? To understand the Bible we need to pray for understanding. I often asked God, “Lord, please open my mind so that I can understand the Scriptures.” Another tool that is useful is exegesis of the text. Exegesis is a tool used by theologians to try to understand the meaning of a passage. It simply means to come to the text wanting to learn something from the text, instead of introducing to the text our own pre conceived ideas. Having said that please let me briefly answer your question. 1. The message of the epistle of Paul the Colossians is the role and importance of Christ. Christ’s preeminence is therefore the central theme in Colossians. Colossians is all about Jesus. We must never lose sight of this theme. Paul is not arguing against the Sabbath or unclean foods. All he is saying is that Christ is over all things. See for example: Col. 1:15-20. Paul may be talking about the “Ceremonial Sabbaths” of the Hebrew system (see Lev. 16; 23) and rituals that pointed forward to Christ and not the weekly Sabbath of the fourth commandment that points back to Creation. Another view is that Paul may be critiquing an inappropriate way of observing the seventh-day Sabbath and other religious periods a way focused and other beings and rules rather than centered on reverencing Christ (see 2:18-20). Thus, rather than negating the Sabbath, Paul is actually using the language of the ten commandments to identify Christ as the Creator of all things. The Sabbath commandment, righty understood and practiced from a Christian perspective, does not undermine our worship of Christ. Instead, the Sabbath commandment invites the worship of Christ as the Creator, (Revelation 4:11). I hope this helps. May God bless you abundantly.

Marella
Marella

Dear Larry, Thank you so much for ministering to the Native people in your area. Monte Church has a DVD presentation available through our Native Resource Center that provides training for this very thing. They can be ordered by calling (509) 738-9858.

steph
steph

I am wondering what about the Adventist message, you found to be wrong?

Joseph Mann
Joseph Mann

Hello Dan, I would also like to contact Elder Church. His retirement has made contact a little difficult. I am seeking assistance in developing contact materials to introduce potential tribal leaders/listeners to "American Indian Living" health program on this new station. Joseph Mann - General Manager Radio of Hope - Nine One One KROH 91.1 FM Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-379-8383 - Studio www.radioofhope.org/ www.radioofhope.org/listen