Craig and LaDonna Smith, are Native American Christian ministers, from the Ojibwe and Navajo tribes. Their organization, Tribal Rescue Ministries, is a ministry in close affiliation with The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Craig is licensed as an Alliance official worker, serving as a C&MA National Evangelist while serving as president of Tribal Rescue Ministries. LaDonna has served faithfully along Craig’s side in music, teaching, and equipping many next-generation rescuers for more than 40 years. Their lives were changed dramatically when they were involved in a near-fatal auto accident several years ago. LaDonna broke her C-1 & 2 neck vertebrae, which in most cases results in instant death, or if survived, results in total paralysis. The fact that she is walking and suffers minor effects can only be attributed to the grace and power of God.
Craig suffered major injuries that took him right through death’s door. After being resuscitated and airlifted to a major trauma center, he clung to life in a coma for nearly two months. Almost 40 surgeries later, Craig continues to astound the doctors, surgeons, and therapists in his amazing and arduous road to recovery. Even though he is primarily confined to a wheelchair, Craig continues his long healing journey.
Craig has been a featured speaker for Promise Keepers at their national stadium events. In addition, he has represented Native Americans at the White House and at the residence of the President of Israel. As you listen to this interview, you will be blessed by the heart-felt and spiritually driven insightful comments by Craig. May we accept Craig’s invitation and call to awareness into deeper levels of prayer for the move of God happening among Native youth as we listen to his heart for his people – which is a passionate heart indeed.
Joanne has an amazing story of overcoming so much in Jesus. She has the sweetest spirit, and loves talking about the transformation that Jesus, and Jesus alone, can bring. Her eyes are full of the light and love of Jesus, and to be around her is to sense love and victory in the presence of the Father that she walks in. She's an amazing woman, and she has traveled in the past with the On Eagle’s Wings team and is so open about her story, as she knows the healing Jesus can bring to others through sharing. **Please use discretion when listening due to the sensitive nature of this conversation.
Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters Ministries, talked with Dave on the morning show about his new movie "The Fool." The movie is about what happened when Ray was christened “Banana Man” by renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Millions came under the sound of the everlasting gospel, all because of that humiliating name: Banana Man. So if you’re afraid of looking foolish, this true story not only will encourage you and bring your fears into perspective, it will increase your faith in God and help you to see His wonderful hand in your own life.
“emcee one” is an incredible artist, speaker, and DJ with an amazing heart to serve. At Warrior Leadership Summit, before the main evening sessions, he’d display amazing talent at the turntables - setting the vibe full of energy for the Native youth attending. He has a great heart for the Lord, and works very hard, in diligence and excellence, to go wherever the Father sends him. He truly works as unto the Lord. Catch the conversation he had with Carlene while at WLS, and learn more about his heart and his ministry – you won’t regret it.
Will is a young Native leader who has risen above great devastation to follow Jesus and tell others about Him. He has one of the most amazing tender hearts, and you’ll hear it in his voice. Will is from the Nez Pearce tribe, and is attending Indian Bible College and has served on the On Eagle’s Wings summer teams for a couple of years now. Listen to his captivating story…and pray for this emerging leader.
Roger and Carlene give an update about two new stations in Helena, MT. Both stations were donated to Your Network of Praise this past year, one will provide YNOP programming to the Helena area & one will have a new format filled with praise music. Find out more information on Monday morning, July 23rd, during the Summer Challenge broadcast and on ynop.org.
Dave & Marci talked to Andy Bowersox, of Energize Ministries, on the morning show. He's traveling around on the #PrayforyourPastor bus, providing encouragement, refreshment, and recreation to those in ministry. He'll be in Billings and Bozeman on July 16th, Kalispell on July 18th, & Missoula the 19th.
Bach is originally from a reservation in South Dakota, but now lives in Kentucky. He took a few minutes during the Warrior Leadership Summit to share with Carlene how he came to know Jesus, and what he believes WLS is doing for Native young adults. He’s seen Jesus bring him great joy, and it’s genuine – it was a treat to get to talk to him. You will appreciate what he has to share!
Marci visited with award-winning Christian artist, Kathy Troccoli, during The Diner! She was telling us about the Comfort by Candlelight event coming up on July 22nd at 6:30p, at Faith Lutheran Church in Great Falls. Go to the ynop.org homepage for the link to get your FREE tickets!
Carlene Prince sits down with Bill and Lori Picard, who are precious Native leaders who have been involved with Warrior Leadership Summit and On Eagle’s Wings for years. They have gone through tremendous loss and have courageously shared their story in a Battle Council presentation called “From Grief To Glory” dozens of times. They have seen God use their story to bring hope and healing to hundreds of others who have gone through loss. From “ashes to beauty” is very evident in their story and life.