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Pastor: Need is Great to Bring Gospel to the Forefront of Native Americans

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

petersIn a recent talk sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church Office of Race Relations, Mike Peters, director of the local 4 Fires Ministries, said too many people remain unaware of the Native Americans who live in their communities.

"There is next to no knowledge of native life," said Peters, an ordained non-denominational Christian pastor. "The vast majority of Americans never think about Native American issues. Even today, there are several states that have history books that have no mention of Native American history."

The focus of Peters' ministry is to share the story of native peoples to the wider culture and to bring the gospel to Native Americans.

4 Fires sponsors a Bible study called "Yashana Lodge," the only Native American Christian gathering in a 40-county area in Michigan.

"I try to show native people that the Bible was written by brown, Hebrew people. It is not really [in its origin] a white, European gospel," said Peters.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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