South Suburban Evangelical Free Church's summer mission trip to the city of St. Francis on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The Indians here are Lakota, which is a subset of the Souix tribe. This was such a great experience. We got to work with the kids at a kids club we put on, hung out at the teen center and halped build basketball hoops. We led a basketball camp for the kids and had a tournament. The other neat thing about this trip was that we got a huge connection with the radio station out there. They broadcast a couple of our worship services and Bruce got to talk about our ministry on the radio. We stayed at the high school in teh gym with some other churches. Sundance was going on at the same time and so there were some ladies doing beadwork and making dolls.
They were nice enough to let Becky and me do some beading and talk with them awhile. It was interesting because some of the people from the other churches were buying things from them, which was great, but it was the way
they talked to the ladies and how they went about buying the things that really irked me. There was sort of a lack of respect, I almost wanted to apologize, but they weren't from our group...it was a strange situation. Anyway, I love the people there and really want to make a difference in their lives the way they have really touched mine. I am so grateful for my experiences there and from that stemmed my interest in American Indian culture and my minor in American Indian Studies.