“You, as Indians, are a sleeping giant, the original Americans. You are now awakening! Just around the corner you may become a spiritual super power in this country that could change not only America, but the world!” - Dr. Billy Graham, 1975
Over the weekend of October 7–9, 2016, a landmark gathering will occur in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, one of the most well-known, heartbreaking places of its kind. Here, at the geographical terminus of the historic Trail of Tears, a death march representing broken covenant and the forcible relocation of several tribes, The ANNA Call (All Nations North America) will stage the biggest Native protocol in honor of Jesus Christ. In place of broken covenant, this will be our appeal to the everlasting covenant-keeping God of Heaven. Gathering from across the entire North American continent, we will meet for three days in hopes of redemptively bringing a different kind of conclusion to the Trail of Tears, one that Christ alone can bring — redemption, emotional healing and a rollback of the curse of poverty and despair on the Native Peoples.
In other words, Billy Graham’s “sleeping giant” is awakening.
We feel the Lord has ordained this place and time to bring full circle the spiritual inheritance of the Native Peoples. No political formula exists, no monetary fix or human strategy, that can heal the Native Peoples. Only God Himself can make all things new. He has given the pattern.
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly, summon the elders and all the people who live in the land…” Joel 2:15
By virtue of their courage, humility and longsuffering, we believe the Native Peoples stand in a propitious moment to lead the healing of the land unto the next great move of God. This is a time of favor in a day of favor. As such, we boldly and humbly summon the Native Peoples from every tribe and tongue in North America to come together — wise elders and young, consecrated warriors — to cry out to God for grace, mercy and a bold message of reconciliation for the healing of our tribes and the lands we steward. The Trail of Tears is a powerful symbol of the corporate pain of countless tribes across the entire continent. Yet we are not alone. Jesus was “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). In Him, reconciliation, restoration and hope will can bring the Native Peoples to their full and rightful inheritance as transforming agents of love and mercy in a fallen world.
More details to come.