OIMC charters church at Durant
On July 18, Chihowa Okla UMC in Durant officially welcomed 20 charter members and three constituent members. Nine children and youths were baptized on that special day, according to The Advocate, the OIMC newspaper.
The church’s name means "God’s people" in the Choctaw language. The congregation will continue to meet at the Choctaw Nation Community Center. Lay Missioner Diana LaRocque is newly appointed as pastor. The church had been meeting as Durant Indian Fellowship for five years.
The OIMC recently launched two other fellowships: at Bryant Chapel, Pryor; and in Kansas City, Mo.