By Jeffrey Smith
"I'm all choked up this morning trying to talk, because this is a high moment for me. You just don't know how deeply moved I am," Roberts said during the sermon.
What you didn't see was a surprise visit to a small Native-American Church, two days later.
"Everyone was just taken aback; you could see it on their faces," Pastor Negiel Bigpond said.
Oral Roberts was a fan of Bigpond's book on Indian women, called Women Warriors.
He wanted to meet privately with Bigpond to discuss their ancestry.
"He was proud of his blood; he kept saying I'm very proud of my bloodline, my Cherokee blood," Bigpond said.
Oral Roberts Biography & Notes
He was born in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma as Granville "Oral" Roberts, the fifth and youngest child of Rev. and Mrs. Ellis M. Roberts. His mother was 1/4 Cherokee.
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Below: Oral Roberts and Negiel Bigpond.