Category Archives: Cross Cultural / Contextual Ministry

These are posts that I specifically reference multicultural, cross-cultural, and / or contextual ministry. They may be posts written as announcements, reflections, studies or even as part of writing challenges.

American Indian Ministry Program at Bacone College

Osiyo Oginali (Hello Friend) –

On February 25, 2017 I was blessed to have been interviewed by Kyle Taylor, Office of Student Life and Enrollment Management Retention Specialist at Bacone College regarding my participation in the online American Indian Ministry Program. The interview video is available on Facebook at this URL: VIDEO .

After nearly 20 years in American Indian Ministry and even longer as a Believer, I have found the education through this program to be of tremendous value.

Kyle Taylor is one of the instructors at the college and I have had the pleasure of participating in three of his classes so far: Introduction to American Indian Ministry, Contextualized Native Ministry and Native American Hermeneutics. The classes are available on campus and online utilizing Zoom as a virtual classroom. The Director of the American Indian Ministry Program is Dr. Leroy Thompson.

This video, Interview with Rev. Jeny RunningBrook Covill, a Scholar/Practitioner in the American Indian Ministry Program at Bacone College. #AIMP, is one of several produced to help spread the word about this amazing program. It is a 4-year degree program and scholarships are available for students who live on campus. Please visit the Bacone College website or the American Indian Ministry Program at Bacone College Facebook page for more information.

Again, I encourage you to watch this video. CLICK NOW TO WATCH.

Wado (Thank you)

Rev. Jeny Running Brook Covill
First Nations Monday
All Nations Fellowship


Broken Walls ~ Sing To The Mountains II: Rekindling The Sacred Fire

Sing To The Mountains II
Sing To The Mountains II

Broken Walls and SEJANAM (Southeastern Jurisdictional Association for Native American Ministries) will be hosting Sing to the Mountain II – Rekindling the Sacred Fire on June 26th to 28th, 2015 at Lake Junaluska, NC.

Sing To The Mountains II – Rekindling the Sacred Fire – Event Page on Facebook

Registration Required! You can download the brochure at this link:

Click here for a sharable PDF of the event with details.


Jonathan Maracle
Jonathan Maracle

FROM: Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls

Visionary of: Sing to the Mountains Music Festival
An in depth view and letter of invitation to attend… I would like to invite you to a family friendly gathering (childcare is available) in the heart of the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. The homeland of the Cherokee. It will be held at Lake Junaluska near Ashville

This gathering is called: Sing to the Mountains II (Rekindling the Sacred Fire)

Friday, starting at 6 pm Will begin with protocol with local leaders. The evening will be dedicated to building relationship across the generations. Main focus will be towards youth (I highly recommend everyone to come and participate)
-The evening will start with “Carry the Cure’s “Rhythms of Life” program led by Bill Pagaran in partnership with Broken Walls
-It is a program we have presented around the world for many years and has produced great results.
-The main objective is suicide prevention and building self esteem in the hearts of our young people.
-Next up, Friday evening will be “Lilly Among Thorne’s” -a young band I met last year while in Lancaster, New York. -Lilly Among Thorne’s is fronted by First Nations lead singer Cheyenne Cleveland. -They’ve released 2 albums -Their vision, to bring hope and shine light in the darkness!
-The evening will be completed with an “Ice Cream Social”!!!
Saturday and Sunday, Sing to the Mountains will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony at 6:30 am hosted by Casey Church who is Potawatomi and new director of Wiconi International.
-This will be a beautiful experience of honor to Christ from a Traditional perspective.
-Please bring a small piece of wood from your fire so we can celebrate our diversity and rekindle the Sacred Fire of the heart, in Unity!
After the sunrise ceremony on Saturday morning there will be story telling by Terri Wildman of Rainsong.
-Head Elder will be my Mom, Norma Blacksmith of Pine Ridge, South Dakota
-We will have speakers like my friend Daniel Kikawa of Hilo Missionary Church in Hilo Hawaii.
-Rita Bear Gray, Cree from Washington state
-Casey Church of Wiconi International
-Cheryl Bear Barnetson of Street Church in Vancouver,
-Bill Pagaran of Carry the Cure, from Alaska -and myself Jonathan Maracle of Broken Walls from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Canada.
Saturday afternoon At 1:30pm our Pow Wow begins with Grand Entry, Honoring the Veterans and Elders. Our MC will be Bryan Brightcloud of Native Hope in California and will feature drums from across Turtle Island.
-Like local North Carolina drum “Deer Clan Singers”
-Virginia Drum, Yough ta nund -Sacred Thunder from Florida
-And “Chips are Down” from various places across North America…. Others will be announced.
-Head Dancers will be Troy and Kelly Adkins of Virginia —-and Barry and Luanne Greene of New York.
-Saturday evening we will have concerts from -Aloha Gathering from Hawaii -Cheryl Bear -RainSong -and Broken Walls. -We will also feature dance groups from Africa and Hawaii.
-Other special feature performances will be announced.
On Sunday morning after “Sunrise Ceremony” we will open with Worship on the Big Drum then… – A “Passing of the Flame ceremony” for empowering the next generation – This ceremony will be led by Elders: Willie Jock, Nigel Bigpond, Kenny Blacksmith and Daryl Fields.
This will be followed by a word from Seginam Director Cheryl Toothe and Jonathan Maracle Then after a short Question and Answer Period -We will Worship and Dance (Indigenous Style) to end Sing to the Mountains. This gathering is in honor to those who have gone on before us.. who loved Jesus and paved the way for this event to even be possible. It is to say “Thank you” for their courage to follow their convictions so we can enjoy the freedom we have today and the sacred gifts placed in each one of us.


To Register contact: Anna King 828-454-6682 Or email:
Lodging and Meals: Contact: Resertvations: 800-222-4930
Program Questions: Contact: Rev. Cheryl Toothe 828-454-6724

I hope to see you there… Jonathan Maracle
Oh na ge wa he.. good bye for now

Broken Walls
Broken Walls

ABOUT BROKEN WALLS Broken Walls now consists of Bill Pagaran (Tlingit) from Palmer, Alaska on the drums, Kris DeLorenzi (Italian) from Thunder Bay, Ontario on bass and backup vocals, and Jonathan Maracle (Mohawk) lead vocalist and guitarist. Broken Walls base many of their songs on the ancient sounds of the First Nations People of North America and often perform around their large Pow Wow drum, singing songs of and to the Creator. The band has a team of First Nations Dancers that often accompany them in full regalia when they perform.

Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)
Broken Walls (Bill Pagaran, Jonathan Maracle, Kris DeLorenzi)

Pray for First Nations for Enthusiasm To Preach

First Nations Monday
“Holding Up The People In Prayer”

Monday, February 23, 2015 – WK 8 – Enthusiasm To Preach

WHEN WAS the last time you were truly enthusiastic about sharing the Gospel, knowing in your spirit that Christ’s return is drawing near?

In Revelation 1:3, John says that our Creator will bless everyone who hears and obeys His prophecy, and that the time is almost here.

After years of evangelism among our Native people, some reports suggest that less than 2% are serving Christ. Those involved in First Nations ministry carry a heavy burden to reach the lost before Jesus returns.

TODAY, I INVITE YOU to pray with me that our Native people and those serving in Native Ministry will be dedicated to spreading the message of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 says, “Finally, our friends, please pray for us. This will help the message about the Lord to spread quickly, and others will respect it, just as you do.”

Ask our Creator to allow His message to spread quickly through the joyful cooperation of our First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry.

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES (4 translations: The Scriptures, CEV, Amplified, KJV): To read all the additional Scriptures, in the following 4 translations, as well as listen to the audio of this prayer point, visit the .

“The Scriptures” is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for ‘oral tradition’ peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud. The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are ‘amplified’ for better understanding. The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong’s Concordance. Please also note the links to Scripture in Cherokee.

For New Testament Scripture references in Cherokee,

First Nations Version Project
A retelling of the Sacred Scriptures for Native Americans and all English speaking Indigenous peoples.

Cherokee Bible Project Titles:
Genesis in Cherokee
100 Days Of Indigenous Wisdom
Cherokee New Testament
New Cherokee Hymnal
Matthew’s Gospel in Cherokee
Mark’s Gospel in Cherokee
Luke’s Gospel in Cherokee
John’s Gospel in Cherokee
The Acts of the Apostles in Cherokee
ROMANS in Cherokee
Pastoral Epistles in Cherokee (coming)
General Epistles in Cherokee (coming)
The Revelation of John in Cherokee (coming)
Est. May 2000

**  As we approach 15 years of our prayer mobilization project and international networking of prayer for First Nations / Native American / American Indian people, I am reminded of my own journey through periods of decreased enthusiasm and indifference.   How much more do the warriors on the front line struggle through peaks and valleys. Today, even more than yesterday, finds this week’s prayer point vital and relevant.  Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Celebrating 14 Years of Holding Up The People In Prayer

May 1, 2000 we published our first monthly prayer letter for First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry.  From there we published the First Edition, Revised Edition and Third Edition of our Prayer Guide.   During that time our prayer guide points were made into 53 different public service announcements that were broadcast on radio stations for several years.  Our website, FirstNationsMonday.Com, grew from an online directory of Native ministries to an online version of our prayer guide, complete with the audio files.   We’ve maintained several online discussion groups and currently have a ministry page on Facebook.  We’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad and to host conferences.   This ministry also created a doorway into our radio show, Across Turtle Island.   Although the radio show has been off the air for awhile now, we still have a YouTube channel where we promote Native music.   We started a home church and we continue to advocate for indigenous expressions of identity and worship in the Church.

Many, many, many of you have been on this journey with us.  For, if not for YOU, how could we have had a network of prayer warriors??!!



Please continue to remember First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry in your prayers!!     Our work is not done!!

Jeny Running Brook


The Shoes of Francisco de Encinas (1520-1552)

When my grandfather died, I brought home a pair of his cowboy boots.  I had expectations of wearing them with pride for any and all occasions.  I put them on and well …. he had worn them so much, that the soles had molded to the curves of his feet.  No matter how determined I was, they hurt too much to wear.

Someone’s shoes are hard to fill.  They are also hard to imagine wearing, mostly because we want them to fit.   So imaging that I am in the shoes of someone else requires me to let go of my own sense of self and my preferences.   That’s difficult to do.  I’m not sure I’m fully there yet.

The January 27th Art and Craft of Blogging weekly Writing Challenge from The Daily Press at WordPress.Com is to write from the perspective of being in someone’s shoes.   Living in a small town and working in an industry where confidentiality is demanded, I’m choosing to write about someone in history.  I recently bought a book called “The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians“.  I decided to close my eyes, open the book, and point.   My finger landed on Francisco de Encinas (1520-1552).  I had never heard of him before.

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It’s harder to breath these days and I’ve found a new boil.   They say its the plague.  I’m in my mid thirties and facing death … again.  At this point I’m struggling to find hope that I will recover.  Nothing much to do these days, as I’m too weak to finish the translation … my passion, my calling, my purpose, my vision.  I’m so close to finishing it.  My people need the Scripture in their language!  We’ve fought so hard.  I’ve fought so hard.

I feel like Moses who couldn’t enter the promised land.  David who couldn’t build the temple.   Father, have I fallen short?  Have I sinned against You?  Is there some reason You are taking me home before I finish?   It’s a bitter sweet thought, crossing over into eternity without finishing my race.

I remember when I started this journey.  One of 10 kids destined to be wool merchant like my father.   Those early years in Spain seem too far away.  How did I get here from there?  Its miraculous, really.

Miracles.  I could use a miracle.  I wonder if this is how Christ felt while hanging on the cross?   “A esa hora Jesús gritó con fuerza:  — ¡Eloí, Eloí! ¿lemá sabaqtaní? (que significa: “Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?”).”  Marcos 15:34  La Palabra.

I’m beginning to sound like David from Psalms.  We have so much in common.  Where did he get the courage to go up against Goliath in his youth?  He was just a shepherd boy. Surely, the Holy Spirit.

That’s how I did it in the Vrunte prison.   I was imprisoned for publishing the Scripture in Spanish.  Crazy to think the Reformation started before I was born and persecution is still so much a part of my life.   I survived a year of torture in that dark place.   (I smile) I meditated on the Word and wrote out the translations in my mind.   The prison doors opened for Paul and his chains fell off.  I escaped.  It was just a few years ago, although it seems like a lifetime.  I can still smell the horrible stench.

I remember when Diego and I were called away from the family business and into ministry.   I miss him so much.     It’s been 5 years since his horrible death.   I can still see his tortured body and the flames.  Our Lord knew you were the stronger one, brother.   If you only knew how important your work was and still is.  Martin Luther was proud of you, too.

Will my children remember me when I’m gone?  Is my wife proud of me?  Did she ever truly understand the width and depth of what God called me to do?  I think so.  She was a religious exile just like me when we met.  Oh, how I love her.   Maybe this is why we’ve struggled so much, so she could be prepared now.

I can see her and our girls in our publishing house.  Finally, a safe place to write and publish.  No more traveling from country to country … Spain, Germany, Belgium, England and now France.  I like France.   My three ladies, in their beautiful dresses, picking lovely flowers and singing hymns.   Finally, sleep is upon me.  I will wake in eternity.

(Note:  His wife Margaret died approximately a month later. )

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Following are contributions from other bloggers in this challenge.  These are the pingpacks at the time of my post.  For a complete list, see the Shoes Writing Challenge page.

  1. Weekly Writing Challenge: Perspectives | A mom’s blog
  2. Inside the head of a sporadic three year old | From One Crazy Life To Another
  3. Fifteen Year Old Me Is Disgusted | The Cheese Whines
  4. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave your shoes at the door! | khaula mazhar
  5. The Curse of Personal Knowledge | Emotional Fitness
  6. Elvis Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  7. Weekly Challenge: A Mile in your Fur | Confessions of a Nerdy Girl
  8. Weekly writing challenge – leave your shoes at the door | Susi Matters
  9. Let’s Do Something Amazing! | rarasaur
  10. DP weekly challenge – shoes – A morning in the life of sonny Jim. |
  11. That’s not me | Mort La Datorie
  12. In the mind of a dolphin kidnapper | In my world
  13. The Color Purple, Maybe/DPChallenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  14. Other point of views – For the Dailypost | readsomethingdifferent
  15. My Parents’ Divorce: Weekly Word Challenge | Between Madness & Euphoria
  16. When is ‘now’ over so ‘later’ can start? | New tricks for old dogs
  17. Bête Noire | Paper Plane Pilots
  18. Appreciating my Parents after Rearing my own Children, DPchallenge | Angela McCauley
  19. Not All Shoes Fit The Same | The Chatter Blog
  20. in the middle of the night | The Matticus Kingdom
  21. The language barrier | Never Stationary
  22. Perhaps today will snow « Dancing with Fireflies
  23. A Day In The Life | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  24. Switching It Up: DP Weekly Challenge | The Tawny’s Blog
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes At The Door | imagination
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Picayune Pieces
  27. Can you Imagine Being Gay? | Abstractions of Life
  28. Platonic Shift | Brain Droppings
  29. Leave Your Shoes At The Door: Memory Clinic | At least we made it this far…
  30. Introverts, Elephants | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  31. Front Door Shoes | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  32. From Lima Beans To Turtles | Fish Of Gold
  33. Birthdays | This thing called, “Life.”
  34. Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Love.Books.Coffee.
  35. Sitting In a Pew | The Photo Faith Challenge
  36. A life not planned… | From diapers and tutus to meetings and boardrooms
  37. I Married a Handsome Fool (wife’s perspective from husband’s view) | Movie Hugs Will Kill You
  38. I lost my virginity in ugly underwear. | bethanyah
  39. A Speech Evaluation as Experienced from the Other Side of My Desk | Ginger’s Grocery
  40. “Lets Walk Without Our Shoes Down Childhood Memory Lane” | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  41. Glimpses Into a Younger Me | missmoodygirl
  42. Can’t you see Things From my Point of View? | Humans Are Weird
  43. ON THE RIVER | Serendipity
  44. “He died while you were in the coma.” | Lauren Kells
  45. Weekly Writing Challenge: Betty | Posting Tuesdays. I am Grayson.
  46. Always Your Angel | My Muted Voice
  47. Weekly Writing Challenge: Sandals At The Door | Running Into Life
  48. In My Sister’s Shoes: The Weekly Writing Challenge | Exploring Pixie
  49. Tiptoes | asweetbrightthing
  50. In her shoes | The Word Trance
  51. Wearing someone else’s shoes even when they give you blisters | mummy flying solo
  52. I Love You Three, Mummy (DP WW Challenge) | farmerfarthing
  53. Upstaged by sunrise | litadoolan
  54. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | The Undercover Princess
  55. Something That Endears Me To You | living my life
  56. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Perks of Being an Orchid
  57. Something That Allures Me To You | living my life
  58. Weekly writing challenge – leave your shoes at the door. | LEATHER & ABEL
  59. Weekly Writing Challenge; Leave Your Shoes at the Door | 2far2shout
  60. Perspective | Finale to an Entrance
  61. Tell me… | nightmare of daytime
  62. Adam Ickes | Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door
  63. From another point of view | Sue’s Trifles
  64. Three Women – No Heartbeat | The Cranky Giraffe
  65. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Of Glass & Paper
  66. (Your) Experience Isn’t Everything | ReFreshing Life
  67. A tale of two visions | Suddenly Single in Marin
  68. Weekly Writing Challenge ‘Leave Your Shoes at the Door’: Two different Prisons | Thoughts of an INFP
  69. I Need a Phone Call and Everything After | Running On Sober
  70. Leafy Shoes | Electronicbaglady’s Bag of Bits
  71. The Trials and Tributes of a Landlady | The Pen Speaks Better
  72. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | rahul ranjan’s blog
  73. As She Watched | The Seeker’s Dungeon
  74. Housecleaning 1900′s Style | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  75. Weekly Writing Challenge: Hybrid | Musings of a Dancing Wino
  76. A matter of perspective | Stories from aside
  77. Time, Fleeting Love | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  78. Writing Challenge| Leave Your Shoes At The Door | Misadventures Of Me
  79. In someone else’s shoes… | The Fiction of Michael R. Wilson
  80. A Different Perspective | Niki’s Thoughts
  81. DP Weekly writing challenge- The morning meet of Mr Carrier bag and bag lady. |
  82. Kick ‘er ‘ead in! – Weekly Writing Challenge | alienorajt
  83. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Alizzze
  84. Fiction: The Typewriter |
  85. Going for the Kill (# 7) | Rolbos ©
  86. Leave your shoes at the door | elizabeth milligan
  87. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | jwdwrites
  88. I lost my virginity in ugly underwear. Con’t… | bethanyah
  89. I’ve Stopped; They’re Still Trying | Ever Upward
  90. Stuff. — Is It a Mess? Or a Memory? Two Views of Socks, Dishes, Toys and Shoes » MommyVerbs
  91. Social Work Topics: Perspective | Welcome to Social Work
  92. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Maranda Guerriero
  93. The Cafeteria | Lewis Cave
  94. She Says, He Says | pleaseleaveareply
  95. Leave Your Shoes at the Door | bottleandink
  96. Weekly Writing Challenge : Leave your Shoes at the Door – Me, Instructor and that Man! | simplyvegetarian777
  97. Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

What?! People Run Away From Pioneers?

I’m reading a book called, “Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change”, by Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler.   (Second Edition. 2013) It’s an awesome book and I highly recommend it, although some of the insights are … well … thought provoking.

I’m in a chapter where the authors are sharing the story of Dr. Everett Rogers and his contribution to influence theory.  Dr. Everett’s findings, as they are told in this book, are interesting to say the least.  Yet, they make sense, too.  He found that a key to promoting change is connecting with people who are “socially connected and respected”.  He called these smart people, who are open to change AND part of the respected connected, “opinion leaders”.    Apparently, they make up a very small percentage of the population and they are not to be confused with ‘innovators’ who are ALSO the few, the smart and the open minded – they just lack positive relationship with the community.

His work, as it has been shared through the book, strongly suggests that we AVOID the ‘innovators’ and seek the ‘opinion leaders’.   Why?  Because the vast majority of the population will follow the respected connected leaders with new ideas, but they will flee from the ones with the new ideas that are not in relationship with the community.

In the many years I’ve been in ministry, I have heard this ‘relationship’ word over and over and over.  Emphasis on relationship instead of religion.  Check. Emphasis on relationship as the next step in reconciliation, after restoration.  Check. Emphasis on relationship in contextual, cross-cultural ministry.  Check. Emphasis on relationship with local ministers.  Check.

However, I don’t think I truly understood the role of relationship in influencing change in my local community like I do today after reading this chapter.   I am a woman minister involved in out-of-the-box church methodologies and incorporating culture into faith practices in a local community that is predominately non-indigenous.   I don’t exactly fit in with my local peers.

Which one am I?   When I come along side an idea, am I drawing others to follow or am I scaring them off?  A good question that we should probably ask of ourselves and the Lord on a regular basis.

Over the years, our financial support has dropped off significantly.  I attribute the change, in part, to our first Convocation of Eagles, which was hugely successful.  Yet, it was also a defining moment.  It was when we publicly ‘chose sides’ in a controversial subject.    On the other hand, I was recently appointed to a new role of leadership in our community at the recommendation of a peer.

Is it possible to be an ‘opinion leader’ in one circle of influence and an ‘innovator’ in another?   How do we choose which is the more important role?  Can we be part of more than one community?  Can we be connected and respected in more than one community?

It was recently brought to my attention that after 15-20 years of contextual ministry, there are still many hurdles in spreading the message and positively influencing change.  I find myself pondering this theory of influence even more.  I’m also looking at a fresh look at Scripture in this context.

What does the Word offer as instruction for being a pioneer and changing community perspective?  I am looking forward to the study!