Pictorial History of Our Life Among the Seminole Tribes in South Florida

The name Seminole means “wild people” or “runaway.”  However, the Seminoles of Florida think of themselves as the “Unconquered People.”  Seminoles in Florida trace their history back to the Lower Creek tribe of Georgia and Alabama that migrated to Florida in search of new land on which to farm their crops of beans, corn, and other staples.  Following three wars with the United States government, it’s estimated that only 200 to 300 Seminoles remained in the state, and these survived the deportation by hiding in the swamps of the Everglades.

An Answer to David Brainerd’s Prayers is an account of my parent’s church planting work among these oppressed people who my mother and father loved enough to take the Gospel and share in their suffering. This was my childhood.

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My father and mother on a Sunday morning before worship (My mother is wearing a traditional Seminole patchwork skirt.)
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My mother (far left, front row) with her Sunday School class of adult Seminole women
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My mother (far right) with Seminole teen girls.  In the background is a “chickee,” a Seminole thatched-roof house.  This home style was adopted by the Seminoles in the 1800s when the tribe was pursued by U.S. troops and temporary shelters were a necessity.
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Seminole women dressed in their long-sleeved cape blouses and colorful patchwork border- striped skirts
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Seminole women preparing a meal
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My brother’s Sunday School class (my brother, who is the only one wearing shoes, is second from the right, front row).
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Waiting for lunch with our Seminole playmates (my brother and I are on the left)
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My brothers (each end) with their Seminole friends.  My older brother is wearing the traditional Seminole male patchwork jacket.
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My grandmother (far left) with the Seminole women on Sunday morning
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Mohawk friends
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Sonny, Alfreda, Cynthia Ann, Sharolyn Ruth, and Huron Claus
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Sonny preaching the Word

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