Native American communities are among the darkest and most troubled communities in America. Hope is a rare and precious commodity.
The suicide rate among Native Americans aged 15-24 is the highest among all ethnic and age groups in America. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Native Americans in this age group.
You don't have to cross an ocean -- or even a border -- to find the Third World. It's right in our backyard.
In addition, Christianity has been introduced to most Native people as a weapon in the hands of colonists and conquerors, and they often perceive the church as an enemy of their way of life. A colleague once told me that parents in his community would rather see their children grow up to become addicts and alcoholics than Christians (because at least alcoholics are nice some of the time.)
These communities are desperate for hope and a future. Who will offer it to them?