Native American Apostle Jay Swallow Passes Away

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Dr. Jay Swallow has gone home to be with the Lord.

Swallow was a Cheyenne-Sioux and a U.S. Navy veteran who preached, taught, fed, clothed and prayed for native people from the Arctic Circle to Central America for over 50 years.

Swallow was widely regarded as an apostolic father to Christians of all colors and backgrounds. In recent years he traveled to other continents to minister to indigenous and non-indigenous people, with the intent of healing their lands and nations through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

"Another general in the body of Christ passed into heaven early this morning, Apostle Jay Swallow of the Southern Cheyenne tribe," says Rebecca Greenwood, co-founder and president of Christian Harvest International. "We will truly miss him. He was a great man of God who brought unsurpassed supernatural healing to the land, between First Nations people and us, the white man. He was a true father in the faith and great lover of Jesus. Please pray for his wife, Joan, their children and grand children during this time. Greg and I love and honor you Apostle Jay Swallow!"

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Swallow served as an instrumental adviser to 253 Native American tribes. As a direct descendant of two notable Cheyenne Nation Chiefs, Chief Black Kettle (Peace Chief) and Chief Little Bear (Military Chief), he is remembered as one of the leading influential men of the Cheyenne Nation.

"Today many reservations, isolated geographically from the mainstream of city life are still pressing toward establishing churches in their part of the world. Dr. Swallow saw the need to train leaders who could be a support to pastors," reads a bio on his website. "These leaders could travel to remote areas and assist pastors in their efforts to effectively reach their communities with the gospel. In 1997, Dr. Swallow and Dr. Bigpond realized that by combining their visions they could reach more people. In 1998 Two Rivers Native American Training Center was formed and officially opened its doors."

Swallow was awarded an honorary doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in Florida. He played an active role in the development of a joint resolution of apology to Native peoples for ill-conceived policies by the U.S. government regarding Indian Tribes, frequently traveling to Washington, D.C., to work with former Senator Sam Brownback, who is now Governor of Kansas.

In light of his tireless work with the resolution, Charisma magazine named Swallow one of the Ten Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2006. 

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