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Eleven Native American projects receive grants

Feb. 10, 2004

By United Methodist News Service

The United Methodist Church's initiative for supporting Native American ministries has awarded $159,000 in grants to 11 programs for the coming year.

Top leaders of the Native American Comprehensive Plan, which emphasizes Native American congregational and leadership development, announced the grants during a Jan. 29-30 meeting.

The recipients include a variety of ministries and events, such as a national Native American young adult gathering planned for this fall. Funding was also allocated to the North Central Jurisdiction for a jurisdictional network and organization of Native American ministries.

Led by a 19-member task force, the plan addresses the needs of the 1.9 million American Indians who live in the denomination's 64 annual conferences in the United States.

Ministries funded include:

  • Native American United Methodist Gathering, Phoenix Valley Metropolitan Area, $25,000, to develop a church in the Phoenix area.
  • Albuquerque (N.M.) Native Ministry, $25,000, to develop a new church.
  • Southeastern Jurisdiction Native American Ministry's "From Brokenness to Healing," $23,000, to support an annual jurisdictional native gathering.
  • North Central Jurisdiction, $19,000, to support jurisdictional Native American ministries.
  • Triad Native American United Methodist Church, Greensboro, N.C. $15,000, to support church programs.
  • KulliTuklo United Methodist Church, Broken Bow, Okla., $11,170, to support church youth ministry.
  • Norman (Okla.) First American, $10,000, to support pre-youth ministry programs.
  • KulliChito United Methodist Church, Idabel, Okla., $9,300, to support the church's youth ministry.
  • Wilshire United Methodist Church, Portland, Ore., $8,300, to support a native ministry at the church.
  • Michigan Annual Conference, $6,100, to provide second-year funding of a Native American Course of Study program.
  • Nagawee United Methodist Church, Shawnee, Okla., $3,950, to assist in resurrecting local church programs. .
  • "God's Call for Ministry," a program of the North Carolina Annual Conference, $3,182, to help people discover different types of ministry.

*This story was adapted from an article by the Rev. David Wilson, superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and president of the Native American Comprehensive Plan.

News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn

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