Volume 11 Issue 3 101 N. Zeysing · P O Box 228 · Alma, MO 64001
School children in Debre Markos, Ethopia now have a kitchen by the school so theycan eat at school, thanks to House of Friends supporters. Previously the childrenwalked a great distance down a muddy pothole-filled road to a place for lunch.Also in Debre Markos we maintain a widow program, in collaboration with Cedar Rapids House Church Network, helping meet needs of eight widows and their children.October 15
, 2011 was the celebration of Hay Days #4 for the PineRidge, S.D. Lakota Sioux families held at the Green Tee Pee Gardens inWhite Clay, NE., which is just off the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is anannual event sponsored by local mission directors, Bruce and Marsha BonFleur of The ABOUT Group, for families to enjoy a day of fun andgames. There was a large crowd and God provided a beautiful unseasonablywarm day. Several games were set up for all age groups. A large blow-upslide that entertained most of the children, a hay stack of loose hay that had$1 coins hidden in it, a horse shoe game that is a favorite with the adults, andseveral other games as well as pumpkin carving. Lots of candy (35 lbs.) was donated and distributed among the children.Lunch was provided by a local church youth group. There was also a thrift store where donated beds, dressers, heat-ers, bedding, lamps, toys, and misc. household items were available to be purchased by the Indians at a much discounted price. The items that were not sold were donated to a local foster home which was ingreat need. Most of the items for the thrift store were donated by Alma, MO neighborswanting to help the less fortunate.This year was the largest group of volunteers since the beginning of theevents. Bruce said it also was the first year thatsome of the Lakota Sioux wanted to be involvedand were volunteers as well. It was a great day anda very big success.Kailen Ritter, age 17, of Brookfield, Mo, alongwith her grandparents, Dale and Jeanie Ritter of Alma, helped with the event. It was
Kailen’s first mission trip, but she says it certainly won’t be the last.
She was verymoved by what she saw and experienced.
Hay Days Event VolunteersKailen helping
trailer of dona-tions.