When Pastor Chris Richards of Immanuel Baptist Church in Havre was asked to begin preaching at Chief Cornerstone Fellowship in Box Elder, he knew this new calling would be filled with unique challenges and incredible opportunities. One of his goals was to develop and empower indigenous leaders and three have emerged as faithful men with a heart for their community. As the relationships with Jason Rosette, Robert Laroque, and Bill Newton have grown, a wonderful and life-giving partnership has been formed. They mutually submit to Christ and the Word of God as their ultimate authority, while honoring one another in the various roles they play. Chris is the main teacher, but these “elders” oversee the work of the ministry on the Rocky Boy Reservation.
Over the last two years, Jason has become a “Timothy” to Chris. He is growing deeply in his walk with Christ, with an ambition to pursue a Biblical degree. Jason knows the hardships of the reservation. He is celebrating 2 years of sobriety and understands the deep physical and spiritual needs of his people. Jason has been active in children and youth ministry and, now, with the support of his wife Lisa, they have begun a feeding ministry on Wednesday nights. Those who come hungry for food, also receive spiritual nourishment as he shares his story and the Gospel is proclaimed. Jason and Lisa have been preparing food at their home and have invited their neighbors to join them at the church. Several of the women of the church have also taken an interest in helping, so the ministry is expanding. Just a few weeks ago, a young man under deep conviction, professed faith at one of their first Wednesday nights. They see God at work with each act of faith.
The Elders pray that this ministry will expand its capacity. They have just purchased a new stove for the church and their next project is to remodel the kitchen. They are praying for ministry partners that will help with additional kitchen equipment and money for food and supplies. Jason’s long-term dream is to see a new addition to the church that will facilitate feeding his community. Until then, they are taking one step of faith at a time. They have begun simple, but they see great potential to impact their community in positive ways.
Robert is a long-time member of Chief Cornerstone and one of the galvanizing leaders in the church. He says one of their strengths is the great Bible teaching that Pastor Chris offers. A foundation of truth is being laid for his community to grow in Christ and he says Chris encourages them to love and serve their neighbors.
Please pray for these men and for Chief Cornerstone. Pray this church will be a light in the darkness. May God allow them to see great spiritual fruit as they are obedient to God’s call. Will you also consider ways that you can join them as partners in the harvest?