WHAT DOES IT MEAN when a First Nations preacher looks at his watch? Answer: absolutely nothing. A First Nations pastor shared that joke with us missionaries at a staff conference … about the time some of us were glancing at our printed schedules instead of our Bibles.
My wife and I have been privileged to be part of a couple Native churches over the years. If you’ve never visited one, you’re missing out on a refreshing experience!
There will be honest sharing, and friendly banter between the leader up front and the congregation. (I’m guessing that not every pastor appreciates his sermon being interrupted with a question, but I never saw it considered a problem.) And clocks and watches usually don’t dictate the meeting’s agenda or length.
We’ve attended Native church meetings in urban settings and in more remote places. We’ve never been to one where non-Native people, regulars or visitors, were not made welcome.
As you read the feature articles in this issue, thank the Lord with us for what He has done, and pray for His further work in these communities and fellowships.
— R.H. (editor)