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Makwa Sahgaiehcan Chief, Ronald Mitsuing, declared a state of emergency due to the number of suicides in his community. The youngest being a 10 year old girl. Crossroads sat down to listen to the mother of the young girl, in hopes to rally the nation to prayer.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

How You Can Pray

Principal / Vice Principal / Teaching and Support Staff

  • Declare God’s peace over the school and over each heart and mind..
  • Ask God for His tangible presence to fill the school and the hearts of everyone who enters.
  • Pray for family and friends to come alongside and strengthen workers.

Support Workers / Community Members / Families

  • Cry out for more workers, prayer teams and individuals to be sent to the communities in crisis. May they be carriers of hope, love and healing to those on the frontlines.
  • Ask God for His Spirit to ignite individuals to persevere through this very challenging time.
  • Pray for God’s tangible love and light to increase over this community and other communities suffering from suicides.
  • Ask God to comfort and heal those struggling with grief.
  • Pray blessings over this community.

The Church / Christ Followers

  • Pray that out of God’s glorious riches, He may strengthen them with power through his Spirit in their inner being. (Ephesians 3:16)
  • Ask God to comfort those carrying heavy burdens and be reminded to cast all their cares upon God in exchange for His peace. (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Pray for increased unity, joy and oneness.
  • Ask God for His abundant wisdom to flow out of them as they minister to others.
  • Cry out for a praise to rise from their hearts, and God’s presence to increase.

Leadership / Administration

  • Ask God for continued strength to be poured into the Chief and Council as they lead their people toward wholeness.
  • Pray for God’s abundant wisdom as they make tough decisions and have meetings with all levels of Government.
  • Agree for God’s favour on an immediate implementation of a suicide prevention strategy.
  • Pray for fresh hope in their hearts

USE YOUR INFLUENCE:

Add a #Pray4Hope Twibbon to your social profile image on Facebook or Twitter.

SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD:

Anyone interested in sending in a Christmas card to encourage the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation can mail it to:

Makwa Sahgaiehcan School
BOX 519
Loon Lake, Sask.
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WHERE TO GET HELP:

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to one of these groups:

First Peoples' Voices - #PRAY4HOPE

ABOUT

Less than 500 years ago, the only people living in Canada were the First Peoples. The Indigenous people of this land have a rich history and unique relationship with our country, one that includes chapters of hurt but also new chapters of healing.

Together, through tangible acts of love and hope-filled testimony, we can be a blessing to Indigenous communities across the land! Partner with us today.

MEDIA

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Louis Says is a unique, half-hour animated children’s television series, targeting North American Indigenous children.

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Follow hosts Crystal Lavallee and Barry Mitsuing-Chalifoux as they share uplifting stories of culture and reconciliation in Indigenous communities across Canada.

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Home and Native Land follows the lives of two indigenous men who’ve overcome adversity and are making a difference in their respective communities.

STORIES

Donna Stephen

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Donna was born in Mistissini, Quebec. Her parents sent her to a boarding school where, during her stay, she was sexually abused by a man who worked at her school. Filled with anger and shame, Donna ran away from home. She ended up in a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, but one day she heard a voice call her name – the voice was Jesus, and she chose to surrender her life to follow Him.

Overcoming Gang Life

Thursday October 24, 2019

Timothy was born and raised in Onion Lake First Nation Saskatchewan. Before meeting Jesus and choosing to make Him Lord of his life, Timothy was involved in gangs and suffered from drug addiction. Today, his life is a testimony to what Jesus can do when people choose to follow and trust Him.

Ron Shantz-Tim and Trish Naistus

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ron and his wife Joyce co-founded Front Line Outreach Timothy and Trisha Naistus are from Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan and both were camp counsellors at front line outreach camp and have wonderful testimonies of God’s work in their lives

Christina Dawson

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Christina suffered years of child abuse at the hand of her mom. Once her mother passed away she had a brief time of homelessness. Her path has taken a much different turn after she found a downtown Vancouver church!

First Peoples Voices Update/ CRYSTAL LAVALLEE

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

First Peoples Voices Producer Crystal Lavallee chats with Maggie John about what she’s been up to and what’s ahead!

Larry Keegstra

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Pastor Larry Keegstra is the Director for Camp Living Water in both British Columbia and Alberta. Larry’s dedication and passion to see First Nation youth, as well as their families, encounter God’s love has been his fuel for the past 37 years.

Laura Trapper

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

God’s design is that children grow up in a nurturing home, where they can flourish into adulthood. But for many Indigenous children, the ramifications of residential schools has passed on cycles of abuse and dysfunction.

Frank Wapoose

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

After years of alcohol abuse, Frank had a dramatic encounter with Christ in an alley. He heard a voice tell him to go to church. It convicted him and he went. While in church he discovered God’s love and plan for his life.

Dr. Suuqiina /INDIGENOUS MESSENGERS INTERNATIONAL

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dr. Suuqiina was born in 1950 in Nome, Alaska. He is of Inuit (Alaska Native), Mi’Kmaq (Native American), English, Scottish, Irish, and French descent.Suuqiina is also an accomplished Artist whose work has been featured in Denali Alaska State Park…

Nicole Ivory

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Nicole Ivory is a Christian author who has been called to help children develop their faith and literacy. Her debut book, In Jesus’ Name was written to inspire children to build a personal relationship with Jesus.

Taanis Bellrose

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Taanis Bellerose shares her incredible story of salvation in Christ after leading a life of abuse, prostitution and drugs.

Ron Hamilton

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Ron suffered deep battles with addiction to alcohol, which resulted in him being extremely violent. One night at a bar, he was contemplating jumping off a bridge. But, a Salvation Army officer walked in and prayed with him.

Audrey Dillon

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Audrey Dillon grew up looking for love. She tried to find it in multiple relationships, leaving her empty. It wasn’t until finding relationship with Christ, that Audrey felt whole.

Charlene Peters

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Charlene grew up in a home full of alcohol and abuse. She tried to find her identity and sense of worth in relationships, but when that failed, she turned to medicine men.

May Updates

Thursday, May 2, 2019

First Peoples Voices producer Crystal Lavallee drops by our studios for an update on FIRST PEOPLES VOICES work.

Rhonda Reyes

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rhonda shares how she overcame a life of abuse. Today she is a minister, alongside her Dad at Fire In The Bush Ministries based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Frank Wapoose

Thursday, May 9, 2019

After years of alcohol abuse, Frank had a dramatic encounter with Christ in an alley. He heard a voice tell him to go to church. It convicted him and he went. While in church he discovered God’s love and plan for his life.

Laura Trapper

Monday, April 30, 2019

God’s design is that children grow up in a nurturing home, where they can flourish into adulthood. But for many Indigenous children, the ramifications of residential schools has passed on cycles of abuse and dysfunction. Laura shares how she breaks the cycle of abuse in order for children to flourish!

Carmen Jones

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Carmen Jones grew up in a single parent home and was bullied as a child for not having a dad. Today Carmen works with youth in the community.

Residential School Survivors

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Cheryl Jones grew up in The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation territory. After losing her father at 12 years of age, she ended up going down a dark path of drugs and alcohol in high school.

Food Rescue / TINA QUIRING

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed that most of the produce is quite beautiful. As a society, we have high standards, but what happens to all of that produce that has a little spot or two that doesn’t affect its quality?

Igniting Hope / BEV HADLAND

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Crystal Lavallee is joined by First Peoples Voices Outreach Ambassador, Bev Hadland, to speak about our First Peoples Voices projects.

Delivering Food to Northern Communities / VOLKER KROMM

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

To give us a first hand look at the challenges of delivering food to the north – here is Volker Kromm.

Freedom in Jesus / SHAVINA GLADUE

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Shavina Gladue joins us to talk about her journey through suicidal thoughts, the hope she found and how she is now living out her life of faith encouraging others whenever she can.

Youth Suicide

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The #1 leading cause of death among Indigenous youth is suicide. Our team has been in a number of communities and seen first hand, the devastating impact suicide has on families and communities. Take a look at this.

Stan & Sally Bragg Full Interview

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stan and his wife, Sally, grew up in Toronto. They were partiers. One day Stan had an encounter with God and his wife thought he was an alien. Sally was watching 100 Huntley Street and gave her life to Christ while watching.

Ginny Bruneau

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ginny Bruneau grew up in Cold Lake First Nation reserve in Alberta. She had a wonderful loving home until the age of 12, when her mother left her father for a younger man.

Rob Keeshig

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Rob Keeshig grew up on the reservation and was abused by a Priest. Rob became angry, bitter and hopeless, but 43 years later, had an encounter with God.

Agnes Mastin

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Agnes Mastin grew up in McLeod Lake Indian Band, north of Prince George, British Columbia.She ended up in foster care at a young age and was severely abused. This is her testimony.

Cheryl Jones

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019

Cheryl Jones grew up in The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation territory. After losing her father at 12 years of age, she ended up going down a dark path of drugs and alcohol in high school.

Brandon Kicknosway

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Brandon grew up in a Christian family but as he got older, he felt God wasn’t important anymore and he began to lead his own life. This led him to a dark place of selfishness, suicidal tendencies and anger but God intervened and radically changed his life.

Sandra Waboose

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sandra Waboose joined Maggie John to share how her life was transformed when she cried out to God to forgive her of her sins and change her life.

From the Sixties Scoop, to the Street to Salvation

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taanis Bellerose shares her incredible story of salvation in Christ after leading a life of abuse, prostitution and drugs.

Florence Blois

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Florence Blois shares about her experience in Residential School.

Roger Lewis

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Roger Lewis shares about his battle with alcoholism and the incredible work that God has done in his life.

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BC Mission to 5 Indigenous Communities

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