Meet John and Gay
FIELD OF MINISTRY
John and Gay Davis are nationally appointed Assemblies of God US missionaries to Native Americans serving at Native American Bible College in Shannon NC.
SYNOPSIS OF MINISTRY
John and Gay have served as faculty and administrators at NABC since the spring of 2014. They teach a variety of classes in Bible, theology, and church ministries. John is also the VP for Student Life and Gay serves as the Director of Assessment.
Prior to this they taught in South Dakota at Black Hills Indian Bible College from 1998 to 2002 and then with the Institute for Ministry Development from 2002-2013. In South Dakota they taught completely on an extension basis throughout the area holding regular classes in most reservation churches in western South Dakota. The Assemblies of God credentialed or advanced the credential of at least 35 of their students over their last 8 years in South Dakota. Prior to their appointment with US Missions they were pastors for 12 years in Missouri.
BURDEN AND VISION
As is necessary and Biblically mandated the mostly non-Indian churches have been sending and continue to send missionaries to the Indian peoples. However, the American Indian has also been oppressed, deceived, and robbed by whites for hundreds of years. This history of the two groups is an inherent limit on the effectiveness of those missionaries. The result has been that today only a small portion of over 6 million Native Americans have actually heard the Gospel in a culturally comprehensible form and the fraction of practicing believers is very small. There is a solution. In the world of missions, people hear the Gospel from the outside, and then God calls some of those who have believed into ministry. After training, these God-called believers reach the bulk of their people.
This pattern is Biblically sound and has been effective in missions around the world. Training Native Americans to reach Native Americans follows this Biblical pattern of missionary practice and provides the best possibility for reaching the bulk of Native American peoples. John and Gay are working to obey the Biblical commands to "teach them all things whatsoever I have commanded you"-and doing so-"both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"
John has earned a D.Min. and Gay has Masters in Cross Cultural Communications Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
John and Gay have 2 children who are both credentialed with the A/G.
John's Doctoral Project:
New Testament Church Development
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