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Pine Ridge Mission Trip 2015: Day 3

Today the entire team focused on the Lakota home. We had four Lakota working with us. We trimmed trees, glued carpet down, installed trim, did finishing work on the steel roof and siding, installed cabinets, etc.

House Build 2    House Build


In the evening we headed off to a prayer meeting in Kyle, SD (55 mile drive one way) to participate in a monthly prayer group to pray for hope within the community and specific prayers raised by the Lakota and other participants. This was not planned, we were invited just this afternoon, but we are grateful for all opportunities God has presented. The session was very moving in many ways:

  • Hearing prayers with Native American terms – “warriors of salvation and against evil”, “walls of fire for protection”, "spear of justice”, “strength of traditions”, etc.
  • Prayers focused on getting Jesus' help to stop the suicides by seeking ways to love, raise leaders/examples, help educate the lost, etc.
  • Learning that this is a sister church of the Restoration Church we built five years ago. Meeting the new pastor and hearing that the church has grown significantly even since last year was a major God moment, as this team was instrumental in building the foundation of this church.
    • This may be the only new church that has been approved by the reservation council. The council only approved this based on the reputation of the main church as they are very concerned about several church organizations that have come into the reservation with the intent of changing the very fabric of the Lakota and not coming to share their love and teach salvation.
    • The board is composed mainly of Lakota, but the pastors are now both “white”. However, their purpose is to develop Lakota leaders to replace them

Prayers for today include:

  • Safety for our team as we work on these homes
  • For God to answer the prayers we heard from the community this evening
    • Encourage love of those that are struggling and lost
    • Grow leaders in the community to be examples
    • Build relationships between the lost and the found
    • Open the hearts of everyone to care for those that are struggling
    • Open the minds of the lost and break down barriers to the salvation of Jesus
    • Enable the lost to move away from the evil in their lives and repent for their sins
  • Encouragement for the Lakota that are working beside us
  • No rain on Wednesday as we will be pouring concrete
  • Good turnout at our community BBQ on Wednesday (flyers were sent out today)


Pine Ridge Mission Trip 2015: Day 2

Today we started by unloading the trailer and sorting through everything we brought. Then we headed over to Pine Ridge Baptist Church for Sunday Service. God started to set the scene for our day by allowing us to hear a message focused on saving the lost. Ian blessed the church by playing the piano before and after the message, which he had not been told he'd be doing before we showed up! Some of us stayed and had lunch with the Lakota church members, while others used the day to do some sightseeing. With so many projects needing attention at Hands of Faith, we're anxious to receive our priorities from the director tomorrow morning. We will have help from four or five Lakota as well. The main project is the Forward in Faith rehabilitation center. The funds we have provided helped to get the building to its current state and we will pour more concrete later in the week. The picture below shows the future kitchen and basement in the foreground with the large mound of dirt marking where the living area will be, and behind that restrooms on the left and dorms on the right. The center should be able to house about 14 men.

Forward in Faith rehabilitation centerForward in Faith Rehabilitation Center



We will also add finishing touches on a home we helped get started last year. During the last year the Lakota team took it from a framed building to an almost complete home. We have already loaded a large trailer with furniture and some major appliances, and we will be building bunk beds, finishing some minor trim work, and then moving the furniture and appliances into the home. About five years ago we were introduced to Justin and his four children. Since then Justin has had some issues. Today we had an opportunity to visit him in prison and pray with him. To our surprise, Justin is scheduled to be released on Tuesday morning. This will give us the opportunity to be with him the rest of this week as he works along side us. After hearing the message on “Saving the Lost” this morning, it was such an awesome demonstration of God's perfect timing and why God moved this trip back one week, as this opportunity would not have occurred last week (our normal week for this trip.)

Praise God for his sovereignty!