I was privileged to preach at Calvary Baptist Church in Post Falls, Idaho recently. The pastor David Oilfield and the brethren spoke of the need for more scriptural Baptist churches being planted in the Northwest. The need is great among all the communities and cities in that area. Among these cities are several Native American Reservations that do not have Baptist works among them. To our knowledge, there are only two men laboring in Baptist missionary work among Natives in that part of the country. Both men are Natives themselves; Missionary Larry McKinney (Choctaw) and Missionary Bob Phillips (Cherokee). These men and their families have invested many years laboring among these tribes and reaching Natives with the Gospel. I was able to visit the Coeur D’Alene reservation and the Spokane reservation, both of these reservations are in desperate need a Baptist church plant. The Spokane reservation rests on 150,000 acres and has an enrollment of about 2,800 members. Coeur D’Alene reservation is a bit smaller with 2,000 members according to the tribes 2010 census.
Casinos have their presence and a Catholic church that is in operation on the Spokane reservation.
The Lord said “Say not ye. There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35) The opportunity of bringing the gospel to these areas has been presented to us, a question being raised what will we do? Help us pray about taking a mission team to those areas and pray that the Lord raise up labors for this field. When we arrive, Bro. Larry McKinney has agreed to help in leading this team in this evangelistic effort to minister in these areas.
[ Further information about this opportunity to minister will be in the next Baptist Arrow. ]
An old Presbyterian Church that is boarded up and no longer in use.