Lakota Mission Team
Every summer since 1994, the church has sponsored an annual mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in order to:
1. Build, repair, and refurbish homes and community buildings;
2. Engage local reservation children with a stimulating program of activities;
3. Conduct other community development and assistance activities
5. Increase team members' understanding and appreciation of Native American culture, particularly the Oglala Lakota.
The Council meets monthly at the Church and welcomes team members from the congregation as well as from many other churches to join them. A successful trip requires careful planning. There are a variety of jobs to be done in this preparation: For instance, securing airline tickets for everyone on the team, maintaining the tents that we use on the reservation, planning activities for the children.
While on the reservation, a variety of cultural events enrich our understanding of the Native Americans. These include lectures and presentations by local elders, tribal council and other government officials, demonstrations of local crafts, side trips to pow wows, the hospital, courthouse, public schools, Wounded Knee, Oglala Lakota College, Red Cloud Indian School, etc. All these activities, as well as planning for the trip, are the responsibility of the Council.
LAKOTA MISSION FUNDRAISING LUNCH
Honor your Mother, Wife or Grandmother and join us on Mothers Day, May 11, for a sit-down lunch served by Lakota Volunteers,. Feast on a variety of Buffalo-based plates such as a traditional Native American stew, pulled Buffalo sandwiches and Buffalo burgers (alternatives available) as well as a variety of side dishes. During lunch, enjoy a mini-concert by our own and critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Natalie York (http://www.natalieyork.com) whose success is bringing her to venues all over the Eastern USA (the Post called Natalie's debut "One of the best local releases" in 2010!). Also bid on two magnificent Lakota star quilts and use the opportunity to learn more about the mission work of the Church of the Good Shepherd. Our team, joined by a number of other local churches, will be visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation for the 21st year this summer, performing major renovation and repair work in and around Pine Ridge.
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