Native American LINK and Native Praise Choir

The Native American LINK Inc. is a ministry that began in January of 1998 and continues to provide active ministry opportunities for our Native American women in Baptist ministry. The organization was founded by Willene Pierce, who served as its first executive director/treasurer for over 15 years.

LINK is an acronym for Living In Neighborly Kindness, based on the scripture, Luke 10:27: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

The Native American LINK is a Baptist ministry designed to help women grow spiritually, strengthen family life and develop personal skills. It is primarily a women-to-women approach. It may link women from one tribe to another, from one church to another, non-Indian to Indian, older women to younger women and it links those with specific skills. LINK has offered leadership & training conferences, women & girls retreats, and assisted in providing workers for Indian camps and Vacation Bible Schools, as well as hosting a children’s mission day camp. From the LINK ministry has evolved the Native Praise Choir. The choir currently has 52 choir members, representing 16 tribes. Through this gathering of ladies, opportunities are open to share their faith through music, drama, art, teaching, education, and mission service. The choir has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has ministered in England and Ukraine.

Augusta Smith, Executive Director, assumed leadership of LINK in July, 2013. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Laura Mackey, President of the Executive Board of the LINK ministry is a member of the Choctaw Nation.

The Native Praise Choir began in November 1999, serving as a Native American LINK ministry, instrumental in preserving Native American culture through the hymns passed down by ancestors. The choir has served in a variety of venues, including churches and Christian events, tribal and family gatherings, schools, and universities, state and national WMU meetings, the television program “Inside Native America”, Indian Falls Creek Baptist Assembly, and Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department Meetings. The Native Praise choir sings Christian tribal hymns from the languages of the Muscogee, Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. The choir currently has 52 members and represents 16 tribes.

For more information or schedule the choir for ministry events:
CONTACT: Augusta Smith, Executive Director
Phone: (918) 931-2218
Email: [email protected]