Thursday, September 1, 2011
“God’s Warrior” is an epithet by which David Pendleton Oakerhater (b. 1847; the date on the picture above appears to be inaccurate) is known among the Cheyenne Indians of Oklahoma. The title is an apt one, for this apostle of Christ to the Cheyenne was originally a soldier who fought against the United States government with warriors of other tribes in the disputes over Indian land rights.
O God of unsearchable wisdom and infinite mercy, you chose a captive warrior,
David Oakerhater, to be your servant, and sent him to be a missionary to his own people,
and to exercise the office of a deacon among them: Liberate us, who commemorate him today,
from bondage to self, and empower us for service to you and to the neighbors
you have given us; through Jesus Christ, the captain of our salvation;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.