Broken Walls News
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Broken Walls and Mission Wounded Knee along with several dancers spent 11 days ministering to the people of South Dakota. Jonathan travelled to South Dakota a few days early and ministered with Mission Wounded Knee and the dance team in 3 prisons: 2 medium-security and 1 maximum-security. Jonathan shares: “I could see the love of Jesus on the faces of many of the men. What an honour to be able to share with them. One of the leaders inside said that this was exactly what the men needed. At the Mike Durfee State Prison, there was a band made up of inmates who played with me. It was amazing to see about 15 dancers in full regalia dance as we played. The topic was freedom, forgiveness and love. I called on the hearts of the men to respond to family and one another with encouragement. A drum group opened up before we played. It was so good to know that we blessed our brothers inside.
Bill and Kris flew in to join them for the rest of the tour through several communities and reservations. On Monday, we played at McKennan Park in Sioux Falls. We had a really good turnout. The Friendship dance was huge and included every tribe, tongue and nation! I had ex-inmates come forward with their testimonies of when Broken Walls visited them on the inside. Later, we played at Sisseton Indian School and the people really responded to our message. There were several pastors in attendance as well as Traditional native folk. Everybody danced.
The next day, we did an assembly with about 250 kindergarten to grade 5 kids. We shared about honour and respect. It was a beautiful time. The teachers really appreciated the way we shared. Then in the afternoon, we did another assembly for kids in grade 9 to 12. This time, the school drum group opened for us. These are beautiful people and it’s awesome to be here.
One of the stops was at the Flandreau Indian School. We toured the whole school and prayed before the students arrived. It is the longest continuous running Boarding School in America. Native students come from all over the United States. They spend 9 months away from home, so there can be a lot of loneliness. We did a “Committed to Life” assembly and the students were touched by the love of Jesus.
It was an amazing and fruitful tour. We received lots of encouragement from people as we travelled. Freedom and deliverance happened and we thank you for your prayers. Thank you to South Dakota for your love and support.”