Missionaries to tell of their burden for Native Americans, education

Wednesday, January 7, 2004
James and Sue Comer

"The need for ministers to [minister to] those of their own culture is intense," states Rev. James Comer, Assemblies of God nationally-appointed home missionary to Native Americans. "God is raising up native American pastors and leaders who minister with great sensitivity and effectiveness among their own people, and we are thrilled to be a part of that training process."

On assignment with Assemblies of God Home Missions, Comer and his wife, Sue, will be guest speakers at Harvest Assembly, Oak Grove on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 10:45 a.m., according to Pastor Leonard Hodges.

After an extensive career in foreign missions with the Assemblies of God, the Comers are currently serving at American Indian College in Phoenix, Ariz., where he is vice president and business administrator, and she is the graphic artist.

Their appointment as foreign missionaries took them to Zaire, Africa, currently the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1979, first working with International Correspondence Institute and later as director and instructors at Bethel Bible College. When they were no longer physically able to serve in Africa, they served in Brussels, Belgium, at Continental Theological Seminary. In 1995 they returned to the United States where they began their service at American Indian College as home missionaries.

"It is evident God has called us to this ministry," Rev. Comer said. "God has taken every experience in our past to prepare us for this work."

Comer attended Trinity Bible Institute in Jamestown, N.D., Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich., and other schools, and received a Master's degree in Biblical Literature from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo. Mrs. Comer also attend Trinity Bible Institute. They have two grown children.

All interested persons are invited to hear the couple share their burden for Native Americans and American Indian College. For more information, telephone (870) 749-2750.

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