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Summer 2004 Rapport: Alumnus Starts Ministry to Native American Marriages

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Alumnus Starts Ministry to Native American Marriages

John Knoles, current D.Min. student and 1981 alumnus, and his wife, Doris, have been missionaries to Native Americans for 20 years. They recently founded Native American Marriage Enhancement. Consider these statistics about Native Americans:

  • 601 distinct tribes in the United States, combined population of over four million
  • Fastest-growing ethnic group
  • In 1991, the alcoholism and death rate were 5.5 times the rate for the entire United States
  • Suicide is six times the national average
  • 15.5% of couples report violence within their marriages; 7.2% report severe violence
  • 40% of women and 70% of men have reported seeing partner abuse as children

“After 30 wonderful years of marriage, it is our joy to build hope in the hearts of Native couples,” said John. John and Doris will travel to reservations to teach marital and pre-marital workshops. They have launched a website,, which will eventually host hundreds of biblical and marital studies free of charge. “Preparation of mature Christian Native American leaders must begin in the home,” said John. “This website will allow us to reach into homes of Native families across the United States and Canada."

Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2004 4:30 PM


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