Trauma is a familiar concept in many Native American and First Nation communities. Suicide claims Native lives at three to four times the rate of other U.S. ethnic groups. Substance abuse rates and incidents of violence against women are sky-high, too.
“There’s a lot of pain, a lot of loss, a lot of death… and there is a tendency to ‘stuff it’ rather than face it,” observes Ron Hutchcraft of Ron Hutchcraft Ministries. “The leader of the Center for Native American Youth said this: ‘Youth suicide is the single biggest human loss a family or community can experience.
“‘It is destroying Native American communities.’”
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An overlooked tragedy
According to Hutchcraft, many Native people – young and old alike –face life’s challenges without the hope of Christ. He calls this people group the “unfinished business” of the U.S. Church.
“Only 4% know Christ after 400 years; that is one of the Great Commission tragedies.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News