September 23, 2016
Bill and Lori Picard, Nez Perce tribal members of Lapwai, Idaho, exemplify concerned and visionary discipleship. In 1997 their son Quanah died in an automobile accident. Three years later their son Skylin also died in an automobile accident. But God called the couple to turn tragedy into discipleship.
In the fall of 2013, they were invited to conduct a grief seminar. Volkhard Graf of Youth with a Mission Native Ministries in Kamiah, Idaho, offered these reflections on the day:
“They provided many practical recommendations for the times when we go through grief, always pointing to the One who created us and gives our lives purpose and meaning. They also shared how Creator God is continuing to be their hope and strength—namely, through a vital relationship with Jesus Christ, his Son.
“Through tears and laughter their encouragement was, again and again: ‘Cry! Share! Don’t keep it inside! Read Scripture! Pray! And listen to God! You can do this alone, but find somebody to do it with you when things get too tough.’ Their vision: ‘a generation rising up to take their place in selfless faith’ and ‘all of Indian Country healed.’”
The Picards continue to witness the power of Jesus Christ to guide and heal their lives that comes when trusting in God’s call to compassionate and visionary discipleship. Seventeen years later, their compassion for kids and youth at risk and foresight as to how God can be a changing force in Native American youth continues.
Rev. Irvin Porter, Associate for Native American Congregational Support, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Today’s Focus: Native American Day
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Creator God, thank you for lifting us from shadows of darkness to lives of love, joy, and peace through your Son, Jesus Christ. Guide your Native American people as they share the gospel with those in need of you. Grant us your peace. Amen.