People sometimes ask me what they can do to help the mission at Pine Ridge. First, thank you for your interest and support! It is SO good to know that our friends care about taking the Kingdom of God outside the walls of the church to share the love of Jesus with others.
Here are some things you can do to help support the mission efforts at Pine Ridge:
- Pray. This year we have a much smaller crew than usual which means it will be a much bigger challenge. We need your prayers more than ever.
- School supplies. After sharing God's love, our priority is to provide as many children with the necessary tools for school as possible. Doing this gives them hope for a better future. (see www.BackpacksForPineRidge.com for a list of supplies)
- Heaters. Winters are brutal on the Reservation, sometimes reaching 40 below wind chill factors. Heat on the other hand is limited. These conditions are especially difficult on the elderly. We accept electric space heaters all year long to take with us each year.
And as always we have a crew of people who are willing to sacrifice their vacation time from work, often without pay, to go out and put in a hard week of work to share God's love with the Lakota people. It is a financial hardship and a sacrifice for every single one of them. This year the cost of the trip is higher due to the lower number of crew members. Below is a list of our crew for 2009. The one's with a * beside their name need sponsors. If you would like to help any of these out, please see me (Amber). Your sponsorship is tax deductible when your check is made out to the Winton Rd. First Church of God.
The cost for each crew member goes to purchase fuel, food for all of the children and the crew for the week we are on the Rez, VBS materials, Work Project Materials, and truck rental. The cost is so great this year that we may need to cut out feeding the children a lunch each day. We really don't want to do that unless we absolutely have to.
- In addition, Wint Martin is a professional auto-body fixer. Sorry, I don't know the correct term. :) If you know of someone who needs auto body work done he is able to work with insurance companies and has 25 years of professional experience. Any work done through the church family will go to support the Pine Ridge mission.
- Charles Jackson also does mechanical work on cars/trucks to raise money for the mission. He's honest and good! See Charles for details.
Cathy Jackson *
Charles Jackson *
Rachael Kirk* (Darlene's daughter)
Thanks so much for your support! You can keep up with all that is going on with the trip at our web site http://pineridgemission.blogspot.com
Hoka Hey! (Its a good day to die! To self.)