In some respects, the fate of Native Americans has not changed. They face troubling circumstances with issues ranging from substance abuse to a massive impact of COVID-19, to an alarming number of missing and murdered women.
“There are a lot of broken areas, broken communities, and our communities are overrun with drugs,” Crow Tribe member Donna Stands-Over-Bull told CBN News.
Yet amidst the pain, Stands-Over-Bull and her husband Russell say God is on the move.
“We can feel and feel the rumblings of revival, and when I say revival, I mean the hearts of people turning to God,” she shared.
“We’ve had healing revivals on the online church. God has healed people through social media. People are giving their hearts to the Lord,” explained Russell Stands-Over-Bull.
Arrow Creek TV e-Church senior pastors say God called them to start the online fellowship in 2018.
“We couldn’t even fathom what it would be like, but God put it in our hearts and we started creating Arrow Creek TV,” Russell told CBN News. “And millennials started coming to church, and I’m so proud of my congregation. We have the best. We have five continents represented.”
“We represent probably the largest Indian community church across the United States,” he continued.
Deep Roots of Revival
Russell said the revival’s Pentecostal roots run deep in his family and in the Crow Nation. His mother, Sharon Stands-Over-Bull, is also a pastor and Crow elder. She recalled how in 1906 her grandmother attended the Azusa Street Revival in California.
“While they were there, they had the privilege of receiving the Holy Spirit and they came back to the Crow reservation, proclaiming that God is Lord of the Crow reservation,” Sharon told CBN News.
“Entire communities were touched by the fire of the Holy Spirit, and the Crows eventually became known throughout Indian Country as the center of Pentecost,” Russell explained. “It was the capital of Pentecost, and it is still regarded as such by many neighboring tribes.”
‘Jesus Christ is Lord’
The leaders of the Crow tribe even put up a sign that boldly proclaims that “Jesus Christ is Lord of the Crow Nation”. There is also a scripture that says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord; and the people he chose for his inheritance.” — Psalm 33:12 KJV
Additionally, the Southeast Montana Tribe passed a 2013 legislative resolution “to honor God for His great blessings upon the Crow Tribe and to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord of the Crow Indian Reservation.” They also display the flag of Israel next to the sign.
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“The scriptures say we stand with Israel, we are a blessed nation, so we supported that,” Sharon Stands-Over-Bull said. “And so today there are ministries all over the reservation, and people have been saved and healed and crying victory.”
“So I’m so glad that in my life I was able to be a part of it, and it’s still ongoing,” she added.
‘Save me, please’
On Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation, Windy Cross Guns shared how God delivered her from meth addiction.
“I had a granddaughter born. One day my house was ransacked. It was surrounded by cops, and I stood there and watched,” she said. “I didn’t care about anything but the drugs in my hands.”
“And just once, I turned around and looked and remembered that this little baby was in there, and that was the start of my thinking about my future, my family, my community and what I wanted to do,” she continued.
“And basically I just looked at the sky and asked God to help me — if he was real, please save me,” Windy explained.
Cross Guns said she, too, and her family are experiencing a revival.
“Them and friends and other addicts in this community have seen my recovery, and they believe what I believe in now. I mean they have seen it,” she explained. “My whole family has been converted; they are now also Pentecostal Christians.”
Patrick Matt, Jr., is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. The child of a preacher, he claims to be a product of a 20th century Pentecostal Christian movement.
“If I can shine like a light for my people, to say that God is doing something with me. God is changing me. God is doing great things in my life, in my family’s life, He can do it for you!” he exclaimed. “So, amen! Amen and amen.
Russell Stands-Over-Bull said the goal now is to teach his church to “support revival” through fasting and prayer.
“So when we welcome the Presence of God, Heaven descends, and there is no sickness in Heaven. There is no poverty in Heaven. There is no lack in Heaven,” he explained. “So when we call upon the kingdom of God, that’s how we support revival, and that’s our quest is to keep that revival fire going.”