COVID-19 has changed everything in the world, even Indian Falls Creek (IFC). The IFC Board of Directors decided to go virtual, following the decision to cancel the remainder of the camping season at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center.
The IFC Board and Native American Churches were saddened by the decision but agreed it was the right call. Safety has to be the number one priority especially with the large number of elders who attend IFC each summer.
The theme for camp is “Awaken,” taken from Eph. 5:14, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Mike Keahbone a Cherokee, Comanche and Kiowa Native American will serve as IFC’s camp pastor. He serves as the senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Cherokee Hills.
The dates for camp are July 26-31, a Sunday night through Friday evening. This year’s IFC will have nightly worship services, beginning at 7 pm and featuring Joshua Street Band leading worship through music. There also will be daily classes for age-specific groups, activities, a statewide blood drive, a virtual early morning prayer walk, sports events and other exciting offerings.
The pandemic has stirred the creative juices of the members of the IFC Board of Directors. They have seen the potential of going virtual this summer and utilizing the same format alongside IFC 2021. The new format will allow every indigenous congregation in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada to experience Indian Falls Creek for the first time.
Indian Falls Creek has never been cancelled in 73 years, and this summer, IFC will have the opportunity to reach more people with the Good News than ever before. Best-selling author Henry Blackaby believed the next Spiritual Awakening could begin with Native Americans. Pray that IFC 2020 may become the catalyst to reach Native American people and start a revival in America.
The schedule for Virtual IFC 2020 will be posted on indianfallscreek.org and facebook.com/groups/indianfallscreek beginning in late June.