How long do you believe it would take to prepare for a mission trip to Pine RidgeIndian Reservation? Dale and Jeanie Ritter, Native American Outreach Directors, believe in being instant in season and outof season. They saw a small window of opportunity and took it mid-October. Their two young grandchildren, Callie and Carter, wentalong
they love missions. A truck and trailer loaded with blankets, firewood, a bicycle, lawn mower, lamps, shelving,three large boxes of picture frames to be used by Lakota Sioux artists,some furniture, miscellaneous housewares and a lot of home and Christ-mas décor was delivered for needy families on the reservation.Keeping in close touch with our ministry partners, Bruce and MarshaBonFleur of Lakota Hope Ministry, formerly the A.B.O.U.T. group, we are seeing God change the face of His work at Pine RidgeReservation. We are joining them in whatever way possible to encourage and assist them in their endeavors. Lakota Hope Ministry
is a fresh new name for a fresh new vision “
to bring hope and wholeness to the Lakota People of Whiteclay, Nebraska through alife-saving, life-
changing relationship with Jesus Christ.”
fold mission is “
Establishing Relationships, Building Trust, Restoring Dignity.
They are endeavoring
to establish relationships based on the common ground of Biblical values and cultural
virtues; to create a bridge of understanding that spans cultures, heals injustices and realizes God’s promises for each person’s
future; and to help restore the Lakota People to the place of dignity for which they were created
—to ‘raise up Rising Warriors’!
Bruce and Marsha have shared, “Still another change is in the direction of our work within the Lakota Nation, a people groupwhich is consistently counted as one of the top three areas of poverty in America. When we asked the question, ‘If Jesus was
where would He be?’ the answer was loud and clear—
Whiteclay, Nebraska, a tiny town (population 12) just across the Reserva-tion border that is notorious for its beer stores which sell 12
13,000 cans of beer every day to the residents of Pine Ridge where
alcohol is prohibited. God has pinpointed our ministry to serve the LEAST of the ‘least of these’ as we narrow our focus to l
ovingthe men and women living in the filth and squalor of the streets of Whiteclay. God has
also given the ‘street people’ a new name; in our desire to speak life over them we nowcall them ‘Rising Warriors.’”
The walls of division between people (and God) are coming down as new insights
and relationships are forming, especially through a weekly “Rising Warriors” breakfast.
It is an early morning time of gathering with the current 20 to 30 men and women whohave awakened after a night outside or in an abandoned building in Whiteclay. It is oneway the BonFleurs and other staff and volunteers let the homeless and hurting knowsomeone notices and cares, as well as witness and encourage the spark of life God has
put in each person. Lakota Hope staff say, “We guarantee anyone who comes to one of these breakfasts won’t leave the same. It’s healing and hope coming together.”
From the gracefully matured to the innocent child, a cul-ture is being renewed through the Gospel and the preservation of their skills.
in Dominican Republic
The Haitian orphans, and the families who are sheltering and caring for them, were filled with joy at thegoodness of God when they received a special Christmas dinner and gifts on December 14, thanks to House of Friends donors and our Dominican Republic Christian friends, led by Bolivar Reineso, who gave of their time tomake it happen.