Kin Cheoss - A Medicine Man Who Found True Peace

Kin Cheoss Medicine Man Baptist Indians Native American

Kin Cheoss was a Waco Indian born in 1800. He grew up along the Brazos, where present day Waco, Texas now exists. Cheoss would grow to become a leading medicine man for his tribe. Since boyhood Kin Cheoss had been searching for a better way to know the Great Spirit.

He remembered as a child hearing a prophecy told by the elders,

"that a white man would come and tell more fully of the Great Spirit."

Owing to the warfare the Wacos had with the whites and how they were driven from their land in Texas into Western Oklahoma, Kin Cheoss found it hard to believe anything good would ever come from the white man. Yet Cheoss would often find himself crying out in agony,

"Come, O Great Spirit and tell us."

One day a chief from the Wichita tribe, named Soda Arko, told how he had seen this white man with his own eyes while on a trading trip to the Seminoles. He told his fellow Indians that this white Father-Talker had promised to visit them the following spring. Kin Cheoss longed for that day; he began to make medicine after the custom of his people, hoping to bring the white Father-Talker sooner.

In June of 1877 the promised white Father-Talker arrived. John McIntosh along with A.J. Holt and John Jumper came and preached about the wonderful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The sermon lasted for several hours and the Indians soaked up every word. Even before the sermon could properly have been said to come to an end, many Indians began falling on their faces crying out for this wonderful Saviour to save them. After the message, along with several others, Kin Cheoss knelt in prayer to make a public profession in Jesus Christ. Arising to his feet, with tears streaming down his face, Kin Cheoss told how he had glad peace and was for the first time in his life supremely happy. Along with the others who trusted Christ for salvation, Kin Cheoss was baptized in a nearby creek by John McIntosh.

Kin Cheoss gave up the practice of making medicine to an unknown god and began to share about the great peace he found in Jesus Christ. A.J. Holt would later write of Kin Cheoss that

he "was one of the most sincere and spiritually-minded persons I have ever met. That he was a true child of God, I have never once stood in doubt. Long ago he departed, in the regions beyond he is watching and waiting."

Holt pastored for a short while the church that was organized in the area of those tribes. Due to Indian hostility, Hold was relocated to a different field. Before leaving, he met with Kin Cheoss who was now a very aged man and knew his departure from this world would be soon. This would be the last time these two would see each other this side of Heaven. Cheoss gave Holt a farewell speech, part in sign language.

"You may go, me stay, you live long, me soon lie down and get up no more. When me lie down and get up no more, Jesus come and take me to Him. Then me be very happy. But me watch for you come. By and by after long time, you lie down and get up no more. Then you come up and I see you come. Then I come and take you by the hand and lead you up to Jesus and say, 'Here Jesus, this is the Father-Talker that told me about you.'"

A tract from W.G.C.

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 3:36 "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
Romans 5:1 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"