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2016 Pine Ridge - Day 6

We continued to work on this week's projects, discovering more issues than we expected and challenges that must be overcome. In passing it will appear not much has been accomplished, but we are all wore out. We still put priority into having time for devotions and prayers twice daily as a team. Even during our labors we spent time to understand the spiritual needs of each other and the Lakota men we are working with. This year we have the largest team, not only by the size of the team visiting Pine Ridge (15 men), but also the size of the Lakota team (11 men).    

Here is a picture of the outside of the building with the new sheet metal roof.

One of the biggest challenges has been getting the old trailer moved so that the "new" trailer can be installed. Even with a truck in front pulling, and a bobcat in the back pushing, the trailer didn't budge. They almost flipped the bobcat, but just when it was about to go over, God whispered and it rolled back forward. (Sorry, it happened so quickly and everyone was so shocked that we have no picture.)


So let's push part of the trailer off to lighten the load.  

This worked! Here is the vacant lot.

Some of the kids ran in and picked up what we thought was junk but to them are new toys.

Prayers include safe travels for John Two Bulls. His son had recently died in an accident in Arizona. His son had seven children. The mother is willing to take six of them, but not the twelve year old son. John Two Bulls arrived back at 6:30 a.m. this morning and learned he could be the guardian, so he has already turned around and has a court meeting on Monday. On his trip earlier this week to Arizona, he hit a cow had to go to the hospital due to back injuries, and still did the service on Tuesday. He is still upbeat as he has been blessed with the opportunity to adopt his grandson.  

Prayer requests from the Lakota men we are working with focus on giving them the strength to be leaders in their family and enabling them to provide financial support. Work is very hard to find here as there are not many jobs and those that are available are short term.


2016 Pine Ridge - Day 5

We continued working on the rehabilitation center (staining kitchen cabinets, running internet cables, and the roof sheet metal is almost done). In addition, we continued work on getting the old trailer dug out so it can be towed away for the new (well, it's 40 years old) to replace it. You can see in the picture below the kids playing. They excited to have a new home arriving soon, possibly tomorrow. Several of us will need to move out of the "new" trailer before we move it (where we go is not clear at this time).


This evening we invited a local Lakota Bible Study group to have dinner with us and we joined their Bible study. Many of the members are from the church we built and attended for several years. We learned of their struggles, and we jointly prayed with them for help from Jesus.

Prayers included continued good weather and that we continue to have so many opportunities to reach the local Lakota community.

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