Our kids and adults did it again. We entertained basically the same number of reservation kids as last year: 40-50 a day, 80 on Thursday. Our youth numbered 22 with 7 adults, a somewhat smaller group than in years past, but these Pine Ridge Mission Trip
veterans made it happen just the same as last year.
Our activities at Church of the Mediator near Kyle, SD, included:
Morning prayer: Reciting the Lord’s prayer in Native Lakota Dialect: Thanks Fr. John
Morning and lunch meals: Thanks Dan Coonce
Daily crafts: Slime, sidewalk chalk, bottled sand art, dream catchers; all made from scratch on Site!!! Thanks Anne Dixon, Cathy Watson
Vacation Bible school interactive skits: Another out of the park Home Run!! WOW!
Refurbishing and repainting the Handicap Ramp leading to the front door of the church and painting, re-raising, and blessing the cemetery cross : Thanks Wayne Culp
Raising a new US American Flag (retiring an old tattered flag) done by an Honor Guard involving some of the Boy Scouts of our Youth Group!
Our School Supplies Backpack program again was a total success.
We also did a cold and rainy Niobrara raft trip. BURR COLD!!!
We were invited guests at the annual Sioux Indian Nation Pow-Wow at the city of Pine Ridge. WOW!
Our annual pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 2013 was a success.
Mission objective: “Sharing of Cultures” completed.
We were blessed to do this!
I personally would like to thank all of you at St. Andrew’s for supporting us and making this annual pilgrimage happen. You all know this is my passion: to make this happen for our church, our kids and the people of Pine Ridge and especially their kids. The kids are the future of our cultures. Always with the blessings of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Pine Ridge Guy: Keith Gourley
Please give special thanks to those attending:
Pine Ridge 2013 Members
Kayleigh Baker Isabelle Adcock Fr. John Schaefer
Elizabeth Nelson Evan Price Dan Coonce
Legare Dixon Audrey Coonce Anne Dixon
Hannah Coonce Max Mulnack Cathy Watson
Connor Mulnack Henry Hallgren Adam Chevalier
Jim Hallgren Cheyenne Rowe Wayne Culp
Anna Trufholz Ally Trufholz Keith Gourley
Lauren Carnes Harrison Cratty Special Guest: Kieran Conroy
Jayme Wyble Madison Miles
Nakita Dornan Edita Dornan
Priyanka Godbole Roland Ladensen