WORKTRIP IS FULL
64TH SUMMER YOUTH SERVICE TRIP
Oglala Lakota Native American Reservation at Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
June 11-June 17, 2017
HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN THROUGH GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
$100 deposit with registration by January 15, 2017
Serving in Pine Ridge
We will be working with the Youthworks organization on the reservation. They work with local ministry partners returning to the same communities year after year. It is our desire to walk side-by-side with the people living on the reservation in service, helping support the work God is already doing through them. We realize every community we enter has both struggles and strengths, and we have much to learn from them. We will serve through painting, cleaning, yard work, and planning and leading programming for children in the community. Details of specific projects will be available closer to our arrival.
After our work is complete we will spend Friday visiting Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial and time at the Water Park in Rapid City. Friday night will be spent at the United churches of Hot Springs in Hot Springs, South Dakota. We will also see the beauty of this place with a morning hike in the hills overlooking Manderson, a night of feeding buffalo and an evening in the nearby Badlands. We will better understand the history and heritage of the Pine Ridge Reservation while meeting real needs within the community. We will return to Denver in the evening of Saturday, June 17.
About Pine Ridge
South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation is surrounded by the panoramic beauty of the Badlands. Rolling hills, forests and river valleys. Pine Ridge was established in 1889 in the southwest corner of South Dakota on the Nebraska border. Today it consists of 3,468.85 sq mi (8,984.306 km2) of land area and is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. The Oglala Sioux Tribe has an estimated population of close to 40,000.
It is divided into eight districts: Eagle Nest, Pass Creek, Wakpamni, LaCreek, Pine Ridge, White Clay, Medicine Root, Porcupine and Wounded Knee. Despite the natural beauty of these communities, residents of the reservation are struggling with poverty, unemployment, addiction, health problems and more. The realities of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation are nothing short of heartbreaking. Around 97% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Most 2-3-bedroom homes on the reservation are occupied by more than 20 people. Life expectancy is shorter than in any other community in the Western Hemisphere aside from Haiti. Although there are no easy solutions, there is much to learn from a people who have weathered both present and past trouble.
The week we will spend together will be packed full of work, fun, and opportunities to deepen relationships. We hope you can join us in this ministry with Pine Ridge and Youthworks.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As God has sent me, so I send you.”