[H]e set about his work by learning all he could about Native American customs and beliefs, believing that by knowing the people he hoped to minister to he would be more effective. He also learned the native languages, eventually translating the gospel for his Native American congregates.
He also "earned the trust of the tribal leadership" and was known for his "fairness in dealing with them."
Doesn't it seem like this should be the baseline for, you know, being a Christian, much less ordained ministry and mission work? Father Roberts sounds like a very worthy man and worth remembering, but it does unsettle me that he needs to be held up as an example. Learn about the people you're working with and treat them fairly. I suppose we still need to be reminded that that's our call. Kind of sad.