Friday, Nov. 2, was one morning when Native people of different tribes and non-native people gathered to celebrate and give thanks to the Creator – The Great Spirit-Father God.
Cahuilla Native Lighthouse Ministries offers this opportunity once a month on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Cahuilla Tribal Hall. They offer good food, worship, and learning of spiritual ways. One of the goals of the Cahuilla Native Lighthouse Ministries is to encourage Native Americans and non-natives of faith to gather. They also aim to provide a place that they can join in on worship and spiritual growth together, a place where they can enjoy the Native way, understanding that God loves the unique differences found in all His children.
The Native worship was lead by Glenn of the Hopi tribe and his wife Shelly. Flute, rattles, guitar and drums led the music and was rhythmic and moving, stirring the spirit to rise up in praise to the heavens. Time passed and no one wanted the music to stop but Black Buffalo was to speak. He had shared some before the worship team had arrived and everyone was excited to hear him finish what he had to say.
Born poor, Ray Wilson, Black Buffalo, had seen many miracles of God’s provision in his life time. His father was of the Washington state Yakama tribe and his mother, a farmer’s daughter, fell in love and fell on tough times. Ray’s father had gone blind in an accident and could no longer provide for his family and this profoundly changed young Ray’s world.
Friends had prompted and then insisted Ray’s father should go see a visiting healer, Dr. Prince, who they had witnessed laying hand on the sick and infirmed with amazing results. He finally relented and went. Dr. Prince laid his hands over his eyes and prayed, he opened his eyes and things were a blur, then clear; he was healed!
Able to work now, the family would travel to wherever the work was. Mostly seeking construction jobs, the Wilson’s often found themselves in parts of southern California. Roy grew a lot in his sixth year while living in Walteria, a small town near Torrance in California. It was there that he learned many skills that would serve him well in life and it was in a church that he gave his heart and life to His Lord and Savior. He has put his faith and trust in him, serving Him ever since.
Now in his 80s, Ray Wilson-Black Buffalo has many more stories to tell. He shared that he was a Veteran of World War II, he had applied for war correspondent but because so many news reporters already had the job, he entered the war as the correspondent’s assistant.
It did not matter to him as he puts it, “I love to write and I love to tell stories, I was never sorry that I served in that war. When I came out, I was invited to be an investigative reporter for the LA Times, not a coffee getting cub reporter at the entry level, but a full-fledged investigative reporter.”
This was a big deal being he had not gone to college or taken journalism before he went to war. He also shared about the time he was called to visit the Regan White House and serve on his security counsel. He was in awe of all God had done in his life considering his humble beginnings. He had been around the world, met presidents, kings and queens.
Black Buffalo loves to tell stories, particularly to children, many portions of his ministry revolve around children. Psalms 127: 3-5 has inspired him, it says that children are heritage from the Lord…like arrows in the hands of a mighty warrior…blessed is he that has his quiver full of them. His stories teach of the Creator’s love and His principles found in His Holy Word in a way that is simple and leads to understanding.
He founded North American Indian Missions, Inc. in 1976, and since then he has been ministering to Native Americans and non-natives alike all over the world. He has penned many books and built many churches for native peoples. Working most recently in South America, Black Buffalo offers a free cruise up the Amazon, to those of faith that would volunteer. All you have to do is buy a plane ticket and fly to South America, then take the cruise up the river and he will put you up in the large mansion he purchased.
It is now being put to good use as an orphanage, housing homeless children from Columbia and from other surrounding counties.
“You don’t need to speak the language because we have interpreter that will follow you around. You just need to have a willing heart to read and teach the Bible or help build a church. That is all it takes to get a free cruise up the Amazon,” Black Buffalo says with a smile.
On that day, Black Buffalo shared many things that encouraged and spoke to the heart. He also shared about the miracle that happened recently in his own body. His doctors had him clear his schedule; they did not want him to travel. Normally he was with the Amish this time of year. He is one of the few ever allowed to teach in their churches.
Non-Amish are not even allowed in their churches, yet he has been invited to teach in their churches for years during the months of November and December. The health issue that had the doctor’s concerned was a blood clot in his heart. When they took a closer look it had miraculously disappeared, and that is why he was able to be with us that day at the home of the Cahuilla Nation.
To learn more about Black Buffalo, purchase his books – they are very reasonable and the money goes back into the ministry. He has two just on his life’s story, “Tales of My Life” and “Smoke Signals from God,” they are an interesting read. He also wanted groups to know that due to his miracle, he was available at this time to share if he is invited; but only for the next few months. The Native American worship team is also willing to share, if interested, contact Nella Heredia at (951) 763-0856.
A note from Black Buffalo’s ministries website www.blackbuffalo.org: “Ray “Black Buffalo” Wilson chartered Black Buffalo Trails with North American Indian Missions, Inc. in 1976. All of the ministries that are displayed on this Web site were inspired and directed by him and his wife, Priscilla “Singing Waters” Wilson. As of April 3, 2006, Ray has passed the directorship of these ministries to his son, Ray “White Buffalo” Wilson Jr. and his wife Gayle. In June of 2007, the board officially changed the name to Black Buffalo Global Ministries, to better reflect our vision of reaching native people all over the world. We hope you enjoy seeing what God has done through the years, as well as what He is yet to do!”