Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission Home Page

Since 1827 the mission of the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission has been to provide a caring ministry devoted to serving Christ and improving the conditions of life for all persons, especially the "least among us."

Children make up more than half of the over 9,600 people in the Mississippi Choctaw communities. Alcoholism, domestic violence, addictions, a 50% high school dropout rate and teen pregnancy are constant threats to the everyday life of many Choctaw families.  For 183 years the people called Methodist have been in ministry with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
 

This ongoing denominational presence is seen in the witness of the Pushmataha Family Life Center and three small Choctaw congregations: Great Spirit (in the Bogue Chitto community), Green Hill (in the Pearl River Community) and John Memorial (in the Red Water community). Our focus is on families with special emphasis on children and youth. 
 

Traditional Values in Native Culture
 
 A Sense of Community
The Importance of Extended Family
The Importance of Elders
Oral-Aural Transmission of Culture
Giving Away
Respect for Creation
Worship and Prayer
Humility
(Along with Compassion, Truth, Sacrifice and Love)
Language
 
 
 Issues Facing Native People
 
 Poverty
Diabetes
Dental Health
HIV/AIDS
Gangs
Violence Against Women
Racism
Substance Abuse
Suicide
 
Source: Walking In Those White Man Shoes:
Youth Explore Native America
by Ray Buckley 
 
Contact Jon Walters to schedule a visit to discuss
Native American Survival:
Giving Our Hearts Away,
the School of Christian Mission study for 2008/2009
 
 For more information please read Dancing With A Brave Spirit:
Telling The Truth About Native America by Ray Buckley