Day 4Ronald and Alpha
Ronald and Alpha Goombi, missionaries in church and community ministries,
are reaching Native American tribes in Nebraska, where the clash of
Christianity and Native culture had, in the past, presented nearly impossible
barriers. But the barriers are falling.
The Goombis just paid $2 to lease an acre and a half of land for 25 years on
the Omaha Reservation where they plan to build a Christian Ministry Center.
They are trying to obtain building materials for the project.
In addition to forming relationships with the Omaha
tribe, the couples time is divided among Sioux and Winnebago tribes as
Were trying to gain trust with the people here, says Ronald. Were trying to
be consistent with them, and thats our greatest challenge.
Mission: To reach the Native Americans in inner cities and on the
reservations of Nebraska.
Prayer request: Pray that God would provide a piano at the Christian
center in Omaha and materials and labor to build a Christian center on the
Omaha Indian reservation.
The Goombis ministry stretches over hundreds of miles. While the Winnebago
and Omaha reservations are only eight miles apart, the Santee Sioux in Santee,
Nebraska, is 250 miles to the north.
During the week the Goombis are able to minister to Native Americans in the
inner cities and on local reservations. The weekends are packed with traveling
to the more distant reservations where they hold weekly church services and
backyard Bible clubs.
Ronald and Alpha Goombi and their sons reach people of the
Sauntee Sioux, Omaha and Winnebago Native American tribes of
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One of the hardest groups to reach on the reservations is the young people,
Ronald says. They dont really understand their need for the Lord.
The Goombis have been successful in leading many from the tribes out of
alcoholism and poverty. As much as 65 percent of the people on the Omaha
Reservation are unemployed, and suicide and alcoholism plague many of the young
people in the community.
Women such as Dionne Martinez, who had struggled with alcoholism, stopped
drinking after she accepted Christ.
In the downtown area of Omaha, Nebraska, the Goombis average about 40 to 45
in Sunday school. On the Winnebago Reservation, the Goombis set up a
hospitality booth at the tribes annual powwow. This has become a far- reaching
way to share the gospel with people who may never set foot inside a typical
We are trying to show how Christ is as relevant in Native culture as He is
in any other culture, says Ronald. This is the way we make a real and lasting
impact in the lives of the people were trying to reach.
As the Goombis pray that God would provide the resources to build on the
Omaha Reservation, they continue to build on the relationships they already
have so that when the time comes, they will have a firm foundation.
We are excited about seeing what God will do in the people here, Ronald
says. We know He will provide for what He has purposed, and we are grateful to
be a part of it.
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