THE WESTERN NC PRAYER TEAM (alphabetical order)
Click on their names below to see what they wrote in their debriefing time at the end of this trip
- Jim Barefoot
- British & Qualla Cherokee
- Retired 50-year Missionary to Eskimos
- Robbinsville (Stecoah), North Carolina
- Gene Brooks
- Descendant of Upcountry SC settlers
- Mission Carolina
- Clinton, South Carolina
- Nancy Cheek
- Christians Walk Together
- Cobb, Georgia
- Bob Ensign
- Cherokee & Choctaw Nations
- As Eagles Wings
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Linda Fulmer
- Descendant of SC Royal Governor & Lowcountry planters
- Research Division, Intl Reconciliation Coalition
- Lindale, Texas
- Everett & Mary Hamilton
- Secret Place Associated Network
- Lakeland, Florida
- Kevin LaPlante
- French Canadian/ Apache
- Wilkesboro, North Carolina
- Fern Noble
- Cree Nation
- International Reconciliation Coalition
- Oxnard, California
- Henry Pennington
- South Carolina Department of Transportation
- Saluda, South Carolina
- Christy Lynn Poe
- Presbyterian College
- Columbia, South Carolina
- Henry Redding
- Cherokee Nation & Muscogee Confederacy
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Edd Stovall
- Crescent Resources
- Hosanna Fellowship
- West Union, South Carolina
- Ada Winn
- Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma
- Morningstar Evangelistic Center Intercessors
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Randy Woodley
- United Keetoowah Band, Cherokees
- Eagle’s Wings Ministry
- Carson City, Nevada
Day 1 – October 15, 1999
Last night all the team members made it safely in to our little cabin near Franklin, NC. We are right on the Little Tennessee River, the main thoroughfare of the Middle Cherokees.
Today was a day of briefing and orientation, setting into our hearts the situation spiritually in this area of Western North Carolina and sensing what God is saying.
This morning we met with Tina Evans, associate pastor of Cherokee United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Pastor Evans prayed for us as a pastor with spiritual authority in the reservation and opened a gate for us to come in to pray.
Then we toured the Cherokee Nation Museum on the reservation. The worldly sorrow was horrendous there. The musket that killed Tsali was there as well as an ax with Bob Benge (a bitter Chickamauga Cherokee) used to kill a white family.
Tsali was a Cherokee who according to legend gave up his life and the lives of his sons to Federal authorities so that the Cherokee people could have a reservation in NC.
Later we went to the Oconoluftee Indian Village. We saw their eyes, how they resented white people. However, we ran into a young preacher (Independent Baptist) who was our tour guide named Danny. He prayed blessing on us to intercede in the Cherokee homeland. We in turn prayed blessings for him.
Next it was to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino where we met Steve, the senior pastor of Cherokee Methodist Church and his staff for lunch and prayerwalking the casino. Their eyes–they were like zombies in there. One elderly lady was pushing an oxygen tank and playing poker. Many had cards inserted into the machines with cords hooked from the credit cards to their shirts like umbilical cords. We really had great prayer there, as we walked around individually and by twos throughout the casino.
From there we drove back to the cabin for orientation and briefing which lasted, with breaks, until 9:30pm. Tired already!
Tomorrow we begin our first day of real prayer work. We are meeting the great-great-grandaughter of William Thomas, the white chief of the Cherokee who succeeded in securing the existence of a reservation for the Eastern Band of Cherokee and pray with her and others.
Day 2 – October 16, 1999
This morning the team met, took communion using the Episcopal service from the Prayer Book, and headed to the Qualla Reservation to meet Lisa McClelland of Canton, NC, the great-great-great granddaughter of William Thomas.
William Thomas was a white man adopted by the last Cherokee chief before Removal named Yonagusta. Yonagusta believed that a white man could deal in a better way for the benefit of the Cherokees with the state and federal authorities than a Cherokee chief could.
Therefore, William Thomas, a white man, became chief of the Cherokee people. His controversial life and eventual insanity discolored somewhat his intense love of the Cherokee. William Thomas succeeded in negotiating the establishment of the Qualla Boundary, the Reservation for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who escaped removal.
What a privilege to pray with his great-great-great granddaughter! Lisa and her husband had recently moved to Canton from Charlotte where she had been a member at Morningstar.
We went onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and prayed over the Reservation powerfully from a scenic overlook near Bigwitch Gap, followed by more awesome prayer at Soco Gap, the northeastern corner point of the Qualla Boundary. The boundary marker there we believe was Masonically dedicated, and without any real effort to discern the way the Lord wanted us to pray, Lisa received a Scripture about annulling the covenant with death from Isaiah and began undoing the Masonic dedication
of that cornerstone at the corner of the Qualla Boundary. It was awesome.
Next we went into Cherokee down #19. After lunch, we gathered to pray at Echota Mission, now the site of Cherokee Methodist Church. We had deep intercession over the boarding schools and the 19th century educational system which forced Cherokees to become white, speak only English, and become “civilized” in order to become Christian.
Afterwards, the team moved down to pray at the site is Tsiskwaki on #19 just below downtown Cherokee, now the site of a sewage treatment facility on the Oconoluftee River. Randy Woodley led in prayer asking the Lord to restore to the Cherokee the meaning of Tsiskwaki, which is “birthing place,” and Ada Winn, our Beloved Woman, led us in throwing salt into the waters (2 Kings 2) for healing of the waters and the peoples.
From there we moved to Stecoah Old Fields, the home of William Thomas, and a large town which was burned four times — by the British in 1761, by the Americans in 1776, by John Sevier in 1781, and then by an arsonist in 1804. Here the Lord led us in praying along the lines of a kinsman redeemer, since the Lord had made William Thomas, a white man, a kinsman redeemer for the Cherokee. Just as Boaz dropped barley into the shawl of Ruth as a sign of her redemption, Lisa McClelland, descendant of Thomas, dropped wheat into the jacket of Ada Winn, Cherokee, as a sign there at Stecoah Old Fields of the redemption of the Cherokee People.
Then on to Kituhwa, one of the most important sites in all of Cherokee history. It was on this spot, just upriver from Bryson City, NC, where the Cherokee culture originated. Here, they say, the Creator, according to them named Yowah, visited them and gave them a moral, ethical, and religious code at their mound. Similar to the Jews with Mt. Sinai, and as Paul wrote in Romans, they had received a law unto themselves for moral conduct from the Creator. There we read Hebrews 12 prophetically over the land, declaring that while Mt. Sinai was good, that a new mountain had come, Mt. Zion, and a new mediator, the Creator’s son, Jesus Christ.
Then we celebrated Christ’s redemption of the Cherokee people with a friendship dance led by Randy Woodley, as we sang a song in Cherokee, “Father, we want Jesus.”
In the evening those of us with energy left enjoyed some mountain music on the square in Franklin.
Day 3 – October 17, 1999
The team left after breakfast together from our beautiful spot on the Little Tennessee River to head over the mountain to Cherokee, NC, to minister at the Cherokee Methodist Church.
The fall colors and the dissipating fog and mist were incredible in these Great Blue Hills of God, as the Cherokee call them.
At the morning service, Ada Winn (Western Band Cherokee), Fern Noble (Cree), Henry Redding (Cherokee), and Randy Woodley (United Ketoowah Band, Cherokee) helped lead the service along with Edd Stovall, Christy Lynn Poe, Bob Ensign, and Gene Brooks.
Randy was in regalia and had the sermon in dance to a taped presentation of the Gospel which he had beautifully choreographed. The pastor preached on reconciliation.
When he opened the altars, 3/4 of the congregation made its way forward to commit themselves to a life of reconciliation.
After lunch our team went to the Qualla Wesleyan Chapel just outside the reservation which Pastor Jim Barefoot (Snowbird Cherokee/ British) planted. The chapel has been doing poorly, and Pastor Barefoot has been offered the church again. However, with his voice gone due to throat cancer a few years ago, he does not feel adequate to preach and teach. One of our own is praying about coming to pastor this church. We went there to pray, and the Lord moved powerfully for us to deal with the half breeds vs. the full bloods issue and divisions led by Kevin LaPlante. Fern Noble confessed in prayer to hating her Scot
great grandfather, and she thanked God for her Scot heritage.
After a visit to a Native American bookstore in Cherokee, the team returned to our hideaway cabin for a wonderful meal of soup together cooked by Linda Fulmer. Then Everett Hamilton played George Otis, Jr’s TRANSFORMATIONS video for the team in order to fuel our vision and prayers for the long week to come.
Day 4 – October 18, 1999
This morning the team met Rev. Tina Evans in Bryson City and headed to the Nantahala Gorge to pray at the site of Nundayeli (Nantahala) town (located at the Nantahala Outdoor Center), burned by Andrew Williamson in 1776. We prayed over deep issues of the Cherokees hiding in refuge and being raped and killed in that place, everything lost. (The word Cherokee is a derogatory Choctaw term meaning, “cave dwellers”). Our team called forth the Cherokee people from their caves.
“Say to the captives, ‘Come forth,” and to those in darkness, ‘Appear!’ (Isaiah 49:8-9)
We spoke the name Ani Kituhwa over the Cherokee, which literally means, “I am God-given.” Ani Kituhwa is the Cherokee name for themselves.
Much prayer over native-white issues of trust, repenting of phrases like “The only good Indian is a dead Indian,” and “White man speaks with forked tongue.” Repentance over continental issues regarding white men taking advantage of native women and the anger among both Native men and women. We called forth the Cherokee into their destiny as evangelists for the other nations. We prayed there over three hours straight without stopping.
After lunch we went up the gorge to Ustanali to repent regarding gambling. On this river many Cherokee would bet everything on canoe races and lose all they owned. Could this be a root to the gambling issue?
We were so exhausted from prayer that our team could barely think. We went home for a nap and to prepare for the Feast of Reconciliation/ Propitiation/ Cementation. It is a four day festival which has not been celebrated since 1835 and is full of redemptive analogies and shadows pointing to the Messiah. It is a time to cement old friendships, allow the deeds of the past year to wash away and the new to come. According to Randy Woodley, we are 126.96.36.199% sure we are the first to celebrate this feast since 1835, and even more confident that we are the first ones to do it in Jesus Mighty Name! It was wonderful as Henry Pennington and Henry Redding exchanged jackets as symbols of friendship.
Afterward, we watched the video of the May 1999 worship service in which Ada Winn spoke at United Assembly of God in Seneca, SC, as we ate a Cherokee meal: Cherokee cornbread (white cornmeal with pinto beans), cabbage, hominy, and ham.
Day 5 – October 19, 1999
First Day of Reconciliation Feast of Cherokee
Today the team went to the sites of the Cherokee War battle sites of Etchoe Pass. In 1760, British Colonel Montgomery with 1000 Scot Highlanders based out of New York had come at the request of the
insolent SC Governor Lyttleton to “humble” the Cherokees. Montgomery was ambushed in Etchoe Pass south of Franklin, NC, and the Cherokees on the high defiles fired down into the sitting ducks of the kilt-clad Scot Highlanders. Heavy losses for Montgomery caused him to retreat. He went back to Charleston and announced that he had defeated the Cherokees and was going home. (He had already destroyed the Lower Towns in SC). Charleston had a parade for him and sent him home, but the Cherokee raiding continued.
The next year (1761) his lieutenant during the first campaign, Colonel James Grant came with the same Scot army and was ambushed two miles from the first spot. Grant, having learned from the previous year, ordered his troops to keep marching no matter what. They made it through the Pass with losses, but the battle was chalked up as a Cherokee defeat.
From there Grant laid waste the Cherokee towns, killed their hogs, cattle, horses, cut down their orchards, killed and scalped the old and infirm, torched the cabins and corn cribs. Everyone who could be massacred was exterminated.
We prayed at these battle sites. A rejected people, the Scots, fighting a rejected people the Cherokee — and fighting an English war. It was very hard going. We eventually broke through in a small way, but our
little band of prayer warriors on Middle Creek near the Little Tennessee River were exhausted when it was over after a 2 1/2 prayer battle on a dirt road.
From there we prayed and repented in the afternoon at the sites of Tessuntee, Cullasaja (Sugar Town) on the south side of Franklin on Wayah Road where the Cullasaja and Little Tennessee Rivers come together. We continued prayer at Ellijay on Ellijay Creek just outside the Cullasaja Gorge. Then on to a “hidden town” mentioned by one of the 1776 Rutherford campaign soldiers. A Cherokee, in order to save his own scalp, took the American rebels to this town hidden in the Cullasaja Gorge where the troops were not able to kill any but those who could not climb the rock walls of the gorge and torched the supplies and food.
Day 6 – October 20, 1999
Second Day of the Reconciliation Feast
Today the team went to Snowbird Mountains reservation for the Eastern Band. We met at Pastor Jim Barefoot’s home for lunch and prayer for several hours, dealing with a spirit of jealousy among Native ministries continentally. With the 40 days of prayer for Native Americans going and this CPI segment, we are not surprised the enemy is stirring things up.
The Snowbird Cherokees are part of the Eastern Band of Cherokees. They kept their land through treachery toward their Cherokee brothers and sisters. When the US Army was, like the Gestapo, rounding up Cherokees, evicting them from their homes, and moving them to concentration camps,
the Snowbirds made an agreement with the government that if they would help the Army round up the Cherokees around Murphy/ Hayesville/ and Andrews, they could keep their land. We prayed a lot about Cain/Abel and brother against brother.
We have also had a lot of prayer concerning the releasing the voice of the Cherokee. In Genesis 4, the Hebrew is more graphic than “Cain killed Abel.” It is literally, “Cain slit Abel’s throat.” Abel, ironically, can mean “breath.” We have been praying and repenting into these issues of betrayal, jealousy, greed, slander, and internecine conflict.
After some deep and very tiring prayer at Pastor Barefoot’s, we headed to pray at the Church of the Lamb, a struggling originally Native American church and to meet two families of Snowbird Cherokees who are believers.
The team is wearing down from the intensity of the atmosphere & the prayer, and we are taking communion every morning for the strength and endurance it provides. The depth of rejection and hopelessness is overwhelming, and sometimes some of us individuals on the team get a foot caught in one of them.
Day 7 – October 21, 1999
Third Day of the Cherokee Reconciliation Feast
Wow! What an awesome day of prayer!
After some incredible insight into Cain & Abel as brother against brother in our morning prayer meeting, our team headed to Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin, NC. Here we had great prayer.
Redemptive analogies are a missiological term denoting items, practices, or stories in a culture which God has placed there to prepare a people for the coming of Jesus Christ’s message. For instance, among the Jews, God’s people, there was Passover, a perfect picture of Christ coming to “pass over” us when judgment comes if we have the blood of the Lamb on the door posts of our hearts.
Another example would be the Karen people of Myanmar (Burma). When the great missionary Adoniram Judson arrived as a missionary to the Burmese, he had no idea of a story in Karen culture from their old prophets that one day a white man in black clothes would come to them with a large black book in which they would find the words of God for life forever.
Similarly, Cherokee culture is inundated with redemptive analogies. One of them was at Nikwasi Mound in Franklin. The Cherokee called Nikwasi the Holy City because the Creator Himself visited them many centuries ago. He said His Name was YoWaH (similar to YHWH Yahweh), and He brought to them a flame of Eternal Fire. He promised that if they would burn this flame eternally in His honor, that He would covenant with the Cherokees that their people would not perish from the earth. The Cherokees every year put out the fires in their own home hearths, reignited from the Eternal Fire, cleaned their homes top to bottom, went to water (mikveh or baptism) for cleansing of sin from the past year.
“The fire on the altar must burn continuously; it must not go out” (Leviticus 6:13).
It was easy to pray at Nikwasi, especially with the similar connection to Mission Carolina’s mandates of 24 hour prayer over the Carolinas using the same Scripture.
Next was Joree in the Iotla community north of Franklin. Joree (where the Macon County Airport is now located), was the city of priests, the discipleship training center where priests learned to tend the Eternal Fire. These priests went forth from here all over the Nation to for teaching, healing, and ministering. We found it no coincidence that our team cabin is located in this community, not 1/2 mile from the site of this city. What a blessing. Our mission every morning has been to go forth each morning to the Cherokee Settlements with healing and ministry and prayer.
From there our team went to Burningtown, a city of watchmen who stood watch for the Cherokee. Their town was located another mile or two farther back on Lower Burningtown Road in the Iotla/ Cowee Community of today north of Franklin. Here Henry Redding asked for and received his Watchman’s anointing for the Cherokee people.
Thence on to Cowee, the capital city of the Middle Towns. Through a prodigious set of circumstances, our team was allowed to go on private property to pray on the still 3 to 4 story Cowee Mound. On the very top we found a depression which may have been the fire pit of the old council house which sat on top of the mound. We sat around in council to legislate in Jesus’ Name. Pastor Jim Barefoot sat in the place of the Peace Chief. Randy Woodley sat as the Right Hand Man (Sergeant at Arms). Henry Redding sat as Priest, and Ada Winn as Beloved Woman. These were the officers in the Cherokee Councils. The rest of the team sat around in the places of the seven Cherokee clans. It was incredible. The sun was getting low in the sky and the colors on the trees in the mountains surrounding us with the silver Little Tennessee River a ribbon below us was out of a storybook.
First Gene Brooks stood as a yonega (white man) and asked forgiveness for burning, raping, destroying Cowee four times and all the other towns of the Middle Settlements. The Right Hand Man said these deeds were deserving of death, and since only the Beloved Woman could consider this request (since she alone was the person in the tribe who decided what to do in these extraordinary war cases), he passed the decision to her.
Beloved Woman Ada Winn stood and recounted the depredations, sin, wickedness of Yonega (white man). She told of the pillage, genocide, theft, burning, hate, racism, and ethnic cleansing of Yonega. Then said ordered the Yonega to stand for sentence to be pronounced on him. As Yonega stood, the Beloved Woman began weep. In Beloved Woman tradition (which waved a cape of beautiful green mallard head feathers over victims to signify redemption and forgiveness), Ada waved over Yonega Gene a green jacket which Oklahoma Cherokees had prayed over and sent on this trip saying Ada in prayer they could see Ada at some point waving this jacket as a symbol of healing. Beloved Woman then declared Yonega redeemed, forgiven, and set free from the bondages of bitterness and hate and unforgiveness of the Cherokee. The Right Hand Man then took a drum and announced the news, “The white man is forgiven! He has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Remove all bitterness and unforgiveness and guilt! The white man has been freed and forgiven!”
Beloved Woman then said, “This yonega will now have a new name. He has obeyed the word of the Lord to come and pray for healing of the Cherokee Nation in the name of Jesus. He is breaking down walls. We always see him breaking down walls for our people. Therefore, from now on he will be known as ‘Brooks Against the Walls.’ Further, my Cherokee clan is Bird Clan, and with this Bird Clan bolo tie, I adopt you as a son in the Bird Clan.” Imagine my surprise. Then the council welcomed the new brother.
Ada was full of surprises, as she also adopted Kevin LaPlante, prophesied over him, and gave him the name “One who listens to the Birds.” He was visibly shaken and honored.
Next we commissioned Ada Winn as Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Prayer Initiative. This position of authority gives her the right to speak at all times. In Cherokee culture, the Beloved Woman was a special war woman recognized for bravery and wisdom. She alone stood as an intercessor for war victims and by the simple waving of the mallard cape over a victim would completely save the victim.
Day 8 – October 22, 1999
Fourth and final day of the Cherokee Reconciliation Feast
Today our team went to the Tuckaseegee Valley to pray at several sites. We repented for Grant’s Cherokee War burning of the towns of Tanise, Kansaki, and Cullowhee. At Cullowhee, John Sevier (an American rebel and opportunist) in 1781, attacked the town, killing sixty elderly and kidnapping forty youths to sell as slaves.
Afterward we drove to the campus of Western Carolina University at Cullowhee where we prayed at the McKee building where an ancient mound of a people culturally different from the Cherokee lived among them or before them. Bones and skulls found during construction of McKee suggest the town was peopled by a race of pygmies who had tunnels into and under the ceremonial mound — tunnels too small for regularly sized human beings to manage. Could this dwarf culture be what the Cherokee believe in as the Little People? Certainly, the Little People were mythologized through children’s stories through the generations and took on a spiritual meaning like leprachauns or trolls. Demonic forces are always ready and willing to assume roles cast by human beings in myths, it is true, and we must be careful. However, could the Little People have been a real race of pygmies like the ones in Australia, Philippines, or Central Africa?
Then we drove up the valley to Judaculla Rock (a huge petroglyph) where Randy Woodley (United Keetoowah Band, Cherokee) confessed his feelings of jealousy and hatred and vengeance at this beautiful land lost to the Cherokees. He took a hatchet and voluntarily laid it down while Fern
Noble prayed for healing in his heart and counseled that at every time of prayer in places like these have been, she has to lay down the hatchet voluntarily and choose to take no offense for the sake of the
From there the team went to Tuckaseegee Town which John Sevier and his Tennessee outlaws attacked at dawn while many were still asleep. He killed all he could in the town, captured people to sell as slaves, and hauled off so much plunder that it took 200 stolen horses to carry it all back to Tennessee.
After waiting a long time unsuccessfully for a meeting Christian believer June Smith, descendant of Tsali, at Cherokee, NC, the team returned home and celebrated the beginning of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath).
We have a great team. Henry Pennington is a rock of Gibraltar and very present help at all times. Bob Ensign is always alert and filled with tears for the Cherokee people. Randy Woodley is always well thought and wise in counsel. Edd Stovall is steady and sure, full of humor and always the first to volunteer to repent for white aggression. Ada Winn is our Beloved Woman, and Jim Barefoot is our resident, warm, and sure elder. What a wonderful group with which to pray. Everyone is contributing in some measure.
Day 9 – October 23, 1999
Today the team headed out early to Wayah Bald overlooking Franklin and the upper Little Tennessee River Valley. It was cold and windy, so the team did not stay long there in prayer at 5342 feet elevation.
We headed down through Aquone to Andrews where we went to Tatham Gap Road and prayerwalked a mile on this trail over the Snowbird Mountains. Tatham Gap Road was built for the express purpose of bringing Cherokees from Fort Montgomery (a concentration camp) in Robbinsville straight across the mountain to Fort Delaney at Andrews. It could be considered part of the Trail of Tears. As the team walked in the same footsteps as some of their own ancestors, the emotions could not be contained. Wailing and weeping and deep sobs accompanied the prayerwalking down this forgotten dirt road in the mountains. When we finished the walk, realizing that those Cherokees in 1839 would have never seen their homes again, we interceded, released the anger we felt, repented and forgave. Then we quoted some lines from Andrew Jackson’s speeches about the Cherokees which were malicious and genocidal and repented for the broken treaties, removing them from the covering a Bible. (Treaties have caused the Native peoples not to believe the written words of God.) Andrew Jackson was born on the NC/SC line near Charlotte.
After lunch the team then moved down to Fort Butler at Murphy, NC, to pray. People in Murphy say the Trail of Tears started there because Fort Butler on the hill just above McDonalds at 64/441/23/19 was the rendezvous point for all Cherokees being moved out of the Carolinas. No sanitation, no shelter, cold, wet, herded like animals, the Cherokees’ small children and aged were the first to die. Birth rates plummeted to zero. Pregnant women were especially in danger. Dysentery and parasites were rampant as the US soldiers gave the Cherokees raw corn and undercooked or raw salt pork as rations. The army rationalized that the more that died in the camps would be less to deal with on the march
west. 25,000 Cherokees were rounded up. Of those 1/4 died before arriving in Oklahoma. Of those who died, 1/2 died in the concentration camps.
These camps have a direct connection with the Jewish holocaust. This camp model was used for the POW camps on both sides during the American Civil War. Prussian army observers of the Civil War here in America took these ideas back with them, and when the Third Reich arose under Hitler, Prussian military acumen was used including these Cherokee concentration camp ideas for the Jewish holocaust.
Afterward, the team went to the Mission station where Evan Jones and Jesse Bushyhead brought thousands of Cherokees into the kingdom near Hayesville/ Peachtree, NC. Jones and Bushyhead eventually went on the Trail of Tears with the Cherokees where they had revival and had fruitful ministry in Oklahoma.
It was a hard and great day of prayer.
Day 10 – October 24, 1999
Today our team went to minister at Cornerstone Christian Center in Waynesville, NC. Each team member had a part to contribute as we led the service of worship.
After lunch the team debriefed for about 90 minutes and headed home.
CHEROKEE PRAYER INITIATIVE
MIDDLE TOWNS DEBRIEFING
1. How has this prayer journey affected the Cherokees and this area?
2. How has this prayer journey affected me?
3. What suggestions do you make to improve the next prayer journey?
1. This prayer journey has been heard by God, who has promised to hear and, “I will answer.” He promised. So, God has recorded our effort and will work accordingly.
2. This prayer journey has brought me into a greater awareness of the Cherokee history, of my responsibility to confess the sins of my forefathers and, I believe, has broken the power of Satan in the area of spiritual freedom. Therefore, freedom to love Christ in a new dimension for both Indians and Caucasians.
3. It would be hard to improve on this walk. It might help if two groups could be forwarded so as to get a greater involvement by all participants. Say, limit of eight to a group and a secondary leader under Gene’s supervision.
1. This journey has dealt a goodly blow to the evil power sources related to blood– blood vengeance. It has cleared the path more to remove obstacles in the way of revival among the Cherokees. Progress on voice/Cain/Abel.
2. Has taught me to keep my eyes open more to what God is doing around me. Has taught more about dealing with witchcraft coming against a team– dizziness. Has taught me to allow others to help and contribute.
3. More scouting, more local relationships.
1. I believe it has opened up this area for the five-fold ministry to come and reach those already here and, like the Jews returning to Israel, the Cherokee people will be coming back to this area, their homeland, to live side by side with other races.
2. I believe I have grown in several areas. Respect for differences has increased and respect for hidden sameness in the Native American has grown with awe as we learned more about ceremony.
3. I feel it was really on track with the increase of prayer warriors at home standing in the gap. May this increase even more. I hope God will provide more housing like this, cheap and no need to move, so lets really pray for this provision. And communion each day, right on, let’s continue.
1. Broken spiritual bondages and curses that will allow the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of the people and set them free and heal the curses on the land.
2. Has brought me much closer to my roots and to have more understanding of what has happened to the Cherokee of this area.
3. Begin on Saturday night and end on a Wednesday or Thursday. All people together in the house, with integrated levels if two-story, rather than separate levels (like this one), for those not camping. Less meals eaten out, more simple if do eat out.
1. One immediate effect– Encouragement to Pastor Jim, Helen, Steve, Tina, and those Cherokee believers from his church. Communicating the vision to the pastors today was important. Effects in heavens may not be seen for a while.
2. I notice some changes after “identity” prayer last Sunday– in thinking a little more “Native.” This was unexpected. Also, some of our prayer led us into issues I have wanted to see healed for a long time– brother against brother, identity, broken treaties, and education.
3. Should we try dividing team at least a few days to pray at more sites?
1. I believe Satan has lost a lot of his authority over the Cherokee nation because of our prayers and repentance.
2. I have received a lot of truths about Indians I never knew. It opened my eyes about how our lands need healing in a lot of areas, also how important it is to pray. All revelations are not to be shared immediately.
3. Being on time for appointments, day off, and manage seven or eight people
1. I feel there has been a break in the spirit realm to release God to accomplish His will in healing and releasing the Cherokees to be free to accept Him and worship Him. I would like to see more return to their land. (blood, voice, revival)
2. I am much more informed on the Cherokees and how they were treated. My heart’s cry is for them to be healed and returned to the land that was taken from them. I’m sure I will be more in prayer for them in the future. I feel so honored to be a part of this.
3. Possibly seven days instead of ten, accommodations with more bathrooms to ratio of people, and time to assimilate what is happening.
1. It has brought some of the needed acknowledgment and repentance that will begin paving the way for restitution/reconciliation/and the return of the blessing to the land. And this will lead to revival and spiritual awakening among the Cherokees and other people groups in the area. Opened a door for Cherokees to return to the land through the cleansing of the land from bloodshed, racial pride, and bringing light back to the land that was overcome from darkness from the sins that were committed here.
2. Brought healing from rejection– made me feel whole in a way that I can’t really express except that I identified with parts of who I am that I had both rejected, did not know were there, or was uncertain about expressing. Networked in a way that I don’t know where it will lead to. Brought a cleansing through repentance of pride. Intercession.
3. If possible to have more representation from direct descendants although there was some significant members on this team represented.
1. From the first time my feet touched the trail of tears, I realized how deep and huge the pool of grief was. I feel like our prayer at the different sites dipped into this pool of grief and brought the tears, cup by cup, to God our Father– each tear drop being so very important to God. A new understanding of how to battle worldly sorrow. Redemptive gift– Trail of Repentance/Cain and Abel/Blood Quantum/Voice issues/Education
2. As I watched the different national wounds being touched and healed by the hand of God, I knew that inside I was also being healed. My own personal life was healed as I was able to own my different ancestral lines. I felt a peace come upon me as we confronted the education wound. Another huge wound inside me was healed as we confronted the broken treaties– the voice from the past seem to grow silent.
3. More scouting. Maybe try to extend our team worship time in the morning by adding an extra day or so and less sites per day and less hours in the day.
1. It has started a healing process to the land and the Cherokee people by the repentance and prayers.
2. It has brought me to a closer relationship with Father, therefore it will effect my earthly life. It made
me have a stronger feeling for my Cherokee heritage.
3. No need of improvement noted at this time.
Christy Lynn “Little Possum” Poe
1. This prayer journey has begun clearing the way for revival. It has released people from some of the bondage. It also has brought the cases of our sin before the Lord so that healing can begin. In a sense, many of the broken treaties are being wiped off the Bible. (Cherokees have also been encouraged and things have been brought to light by our going into churches and sharing.) The “airways” are being cleared because God can’t look upon sin and the sin is forgiven.
2. I had gained a little bit more understanding before the trip so I understood more. This time I was able to feel more of the pain, especially on the trail of tears. It’s like I could hear children asking questions and could feel the hatred of the soldiers which made me angry. I also learned more about warfare and that prophetic actions are important…it seems like there is more I don’t understand but it’s not time yet. I also think it’s neat that God put each individual on the team and I was able to see some people’s gifts (somewhat). Gave me more love for the Cherokees.
3. I don’t know. You did well in dealing out responsibilities and getting the Qualla book. Also, instructing on warfare, and giving history lessons are good. Maybe have someone in charge of emails to intercessors.
1. It has went to the root to brotherhood in the family in dealing with Cain and Abel this is where betrayal began along with murder and many other things as fleshly efforts (work of our hands).
2. It has taught me there is always more layers of the onion skins around my heart to be revealed and healed. Also, it has really confirmed some areas of God’s calling, one to this area in some divine bondings. Taught me to be more vigilant in all we are doing.
3. When you cast the vision God has given you, walk in that vision no matter what. We need the prayer journals to send out earlier. Our scouting should focus towards bonding local people to leave the unfinished warfare with more. Increase to twelve days and give off time.
Ed “Big Sugar” Stovall
1. Healing and forgiving and a closer walk for me.
2. I have come to know my brothers better and understand better of what we, white people, did to the Indians.
3. We did fine on this one. I don’t know if we could do any better. Don’t back track so much.
1. This prayer expedition has set captives (of every race) free in this area. I believe the Lord used it to prepare this area for a great “work” He is wanting to do. Cherokee Nation has been set free to move forward and advance for the Kingdom’s sake.
2. I have seen the barbaric cruelty my ancestors (and therefore myself) have inflicted on a race of people that are God’s own. I experienced some of the shame and had to own up to my participation through their actions. Because of this, I’ve learned to flow/move into a new area/level of intercession. I saw God’s grace and Christ’s forgiveness through Ada and Randy and others as they forgave us, white people. I am so undeserving of that forgiveness. We deserved death but they spoke life and I could see Jesus in their faces.
3. Keep the cook! I really don’t know. I know everybody gave it their best and I think we’ll all learn from our own mistakes and that will improve it next time.
Beloved Woman– Ada Winn
1. Awareness of people in this area that need to be networking together. There has been a word from the Lord that His plan for this team has been accomplished. Over different areas, God has already been touching hearts for the Host peoples and we can truly see His awesome handiwork that will bring this harvest in– The favor of the Lord is upon the Native peoples.
2. Have become more sensitive to the Lord’s voice and know that He is holding me accountable for a higher level of intercession for both the Cherokees and all peoples of the land. Learn how to accept honor and being waited on.
3. A third van. This was a wonderful time. A bit more time to read the books for historical info. Copy of the map with sites marked. Prayer list (Henry’s).
1. Time will tell– my hope is it has broken curses and watered for future revival.
2. I dredged up sins of racism I would not have admitted to other wise and it allowed me to be freed up. It showed me how deeply I care for my Cherokee people and also allowed me to appreciate the total plan of brotherhood God intends for this country. Visiting sites was awesome.
3. Personal opinion– Try to hit sites of key issues but not so many sites. Also– physically/emotionally we need a day off in the middle of everything. I know Sunday was planned for that, yet it was a very [long] day. Even a half day to [venture] out or tourist about would be enough of a change to rest our minds/emotion, etc.
This page created November 3, 1999.
Copyright © 1999-2003 Gene Brooks.
Last updated February 6, 2003.