“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
One thing about mission trips that is often not celebrated enough is the joy that it is to be able to work as a team for the glory of God. We’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, and we’ve been given a new name. We belong to Him! I think that everyone on our team would agree that we have absolutely experienced the joy of our salvation during our time serving with one another in South Dakota.
This morning, we were able to tour the Rosebud Reservation. We saw homes and important places–such as the location for the Sundance–during our tour. Cheryl, who is the manager of Hope Next Door, was an awesome resource for us since she grew up in the area and knows a lot about the culture we’ve been soaking in.
As we are seeking wisdom in the next steps of our partnership, something that is incredibly important for us to understand and communicate to you guys at home is the culture of the Native American people. That’s what today was all about for us–seeing, experiencing and learning about this place. We’ve eaten buffalo, visited a giant mountain memorial of an important Native chief, seen the sight of the Massacre at Wounded Knee and driven in snow. Yes. Snow in the middle of May!
The insight we’ve gained today has been invaluable, and we’re increasingly encouraged about what the Lord is doing. Again, we’ve not made any commitments towards our next steps, and we ask that you’d continue to pray that the Lord would be very clear! Our partnership will unfold in the Lord’s timing–we are certain of it!
We’ve earnestly, prayerfully and joyfully sought wisdom and guidance from the Lord on this trip, and the Lord has been so gracious to us–as I’ve already shared. I just want our church family to understand the blessing that it is to be apart of a mission team. To prove it, here are some pictures to recap our day of travel. I hope you get a kick out of these snapshots! (I’ve put them in order of most informative to most ridiculous.)
Cheryl–Hope Next Door manager, tour guide and amazing sister in Christ!
A beautiful snapshot of the threads used to build the gorgeous star quilts at Hope Next Door.
Painfully cute Parmelee kids.
Snow and a buffalo–enough said.
At the Crazy Horse Memorial. The statue behind us is 1/34th (!!) of the mountain carving–I would show you a picture, but it was covered with snow.
A replica of a Native American Sweat Lodge.
The following images are a result of putting beach bums in the snow…
Keep on praying, prayer warriors!