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Native American Ministries Sunday

Courtesy Photo: Rev. Roy Hilburn .

When The Rev. Roy Hilburn (Waccamaw Siouan tribe) became pastor of the Coharie United Methodist Church in Clinton, North Carolina, nine years ago, there were only eight members.

“[When I arrived], I had the [congregation] envision a circle around the church, a five-mile circle, and I asked them, ‘Who could we find within that five-mile circle?’ And I told them, within that circle, there would be a diverse [group] of people around us, and if those people were not sitting in our pews, then we were a dying congregation.”

Hilburn created a mission statement tailor-made for his congregation called ldquo;R.E.A.C.H.”

“What we do with R.E.A.C.H. is we want to Restore lives with the proclamation of the word; Exalt God in praise and worship; Actively seek the lost; be Compassionate toward others; and Help those in need,” Hilburn says.

The benefits of embracing this concept have been evident in the congregation.

“The folks are on fire and actively seeking the lost. When we hear of needs in the community, we are compassionate to those needs. And we’re always looking to help those who are hurting around us,” he says.

Contributions to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering help leaders like Hilburn find fresh, new ways to minister to their communities with Christ’s love. He credits the seminary scholarship he received with providing the leadership skills he needed. Today, the congregation has grown to 50 people on Sundays.

Hilburn calls the Native American Seminary Scholarship a blessing, adding that he felt honored and respected by the gift, but most importantly, he felt noticed.

“Continue this ministry,” he urges, “because it gives Native Americans exposure to keep people sensitive to the fact that we’re still here. We’re a people who are still present in this time and in this culture.”

Your contribution supports aspiring Native American pastors and enriches outreach in their communities. Thank you for your generous gift!

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