Bob Greyeagle is often invited to unusual places and he rarely passes up an invitation.
But when the Nation’s staff member found himself in a meeting of Lutheran bishops, he told himself, “Bob, you’re in the wrong room.”
But he was in the right place.
A pastor had invited Bob to pray with them. Sitting in the back, he listened to the bishops, pastors, the chief of police and a county commissioner discuss the tension in Bismarck and Standing Rock, ND over the fate of an oil pipeline not far from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
“Can I ask a question? How many meaningful relationships do you have with Natives in the area? And what will you do to have more relationships moving forward?”
This is the question and message Bob carries with him wherever he goes, the one by which he himself takes steps of faith.
Oceti Sakowin Camp 2016, Lutheran Convocation
“It’s about going and understanding what it means to be a politician, or in law enforcement, or a Lutheran, or a Catholic,” Bob said.
Bob endeavors to follow God’s leadings into relationship with everyone and anyone. Because of that, he has a ministry like no other.
Bob began working for Cru in November 2016 around the same time protests erupted on his reservation.
“(My mother) said (to me), ‘Come down and be our friend. Cry with us when our children die. Be stressed with us.’”
Now, Bob take all opportunities to build relationships with new people. He sees himself as a thread in the community, weaving between all groups of people.
“It’s very boots on the ground,” he said. “It’s relationship-building, which is what North Dakota needs right now.”
Oceti Sakowin Camp 2016
Although there is no set structure, Bob has seen the effects of God’s work. Local leaders remind him that his “voice is needed,” and he’s mentoring young trailblazers who want to influence their community.
Bob and his wife, Tanya, host a dinner twice a week in their home, welcoming the whole community in. Christians as well as those with different or no faith background attend.
“I don’t understand [Christianity,] but that’s why I need to be in this room,” said Tez, an agnostic friend of Bob’s son.
Bob sees God’s desire to bring the people of North Dakota – wherever they are in life – to Him.
Working together brings strength, divine blessings, victory, effectiveness as a witness of Jesus, and increased fruitfulness – and God receives glory. But often we don’t work in a coordinated way. We stray from maximizing our efforts and minimizing duplication.
If we are sincere about taking the gospel to the world, it means we need to do some things differently and we cannot do it alone. It’s going to take partners, affiliates, volunteers – even “competing ministries.”
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