Monday, October 10, 2016

RE:

You can't miss this! http://level.lafitprive.com/Brian I can highly recommend it!


Brian

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

How Do You Make a Difference?

I shared this story with my team at our last meeting.  I hope you enjoy it too. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shopping

I've been shopping for the non-perishable food for the trip. It is quite an endeavor and takes several trips.  Here is a small portion of it.  I've spent around $1000 so far.  Meat, fruit, veggies and bread will be last minute items to buy.  We plan to feed about 150 kids a day plus the crew of 18, the missionaries and their family, and anyone else who happens by in search of a meal.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Introducing Charles


 
Charles

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
I like to work on cars which I have been doing since I was 8 years old,watch wrestling with my son and his friends, I like to hunt and spend time with friends. 

Q. What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I used to be a machinist.  I have been a School Bus Mechanic for about 14 years.  I am looking forward to retirement soon.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
This will be my 8th year going to Pine Ridge

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
No

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
 I like going because I feel like I am helping the kids

Q. What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 
I'm looking forward to working with everyone out there and helping Barry and Shelly with whatever they need done.

Q. How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
 Please pray that I have physical strength, good health, and an open heart.

Introducing Cathy


Cathy
 
Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
 I enjoy quilting, making different types of crafts, camping trips (in a comfy motor home with beds and a bathroom!), weekend trips with the girls, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. I love chocolate and coffee! I love to laugh and have fun.

Q, What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
 I am an Educational Assistant. This is my 13th year working with elementary children. I love watching their faces when they learn new things and feel successful, especially as they overcome difficulties and begin to believe in themselves.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
This will be my 10th year going to Pine Ridge.
Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
No

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
Pine Ridge is the poorest place in the U.S. A. and is literally in the middle of no where. As an educator, I know the importance of school. They are so thankful for the backpacks and school supplies we take to them. This relieves a huge financial difficulty from the adults and the kids are so excited about them. If this encourages one child to graduate, it is so worth the hardships of the trip itself.

Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 I am looking forward to seeing some of the kids again who are now adults with little ones of their own! We also are growing to love the new little ones who we are being blessed to meet now. I can't wait to see Barry, Shelly, Madison, and other friends I have made throughout the years.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Please pray that I am in tune with God's purpose and will for those He places in my path, gives me knowledge for every situation, and to show His love freely. Pray for my health to be good and to stay healthy. Any time you are willing to work for the Lord, obstacles try to stop it. Pray for my team and their families. Pray for the missionaries and the Lakota People. 

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Introducing Pat

   PAT 

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?

Playing piano, Reading, Crocheting


Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?

Retired Elementary School Teacher


Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before?  If so, how many years?
 
         No

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?

No


Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?

We have always just given money to missions and wanted to get personally invollved
.


Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?

I hope in some small way to make a difference in some child's life


Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?

That I will be prepared spiritualy and physicaly for the trip


 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Introducing Earl

 
 
Earl
 
Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of mission?
I love to spend time with my wife and family. I like to read, go camping and woodworking. I love to teach Sunday School.

 
Q.  What kind of work do you do?
I have worked in a machine shop since I graduated from high school.

 
Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge reservation before? If so how many years?
This will be my fourth year going to Pine Ridge.

 
Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
My best friend Fred Howell asked me to go in 2010 to help with the work project that year. To be honest that was the real reason I went, but working with the Lakota children made the biggest impact on me, they really tugged at my heart strings. I want to get to know them better as well as teach them about Jesus. I would also like to build on the relationships with the adults

 
Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
I look forward to see the children and continue building relationships with them. I’m also looking forward to seeing Barry and Shelly. . Oh yeah!! I can’t wait to go on the Kool Aid run.

 
Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
My request is that I will always show Jesus to everyone that I come in contact with no matter who, or the situation.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Introducing Angie

 
 
Angie
Q. What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
 I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Q. What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I am a receptionist in a combined general and pediatric dental office.

Q. Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
 
This will be my third year out to Pine Ridge.

Q. Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
No, only Pine Ridge

Q. Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
I love the fact that we are doing an outreach here in the United States. I understand the importance of mission trips to other countries but I love helping out here.

Q. What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip? 
I love spending time with the children. It is fun to see how much they change from year to year. I am also looking forward to working with the group of people from the Arkansas church. It will be fun learning about them and the way they share the love of God
.

Q. How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Please pray that I stay healthy and that I keep an open mind and heart to all God has in store for me. Pray that we have safe travels and build wonderful new relationships.

Introducing Lisa

 
 
Lisa

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?


Card making, teaching, singing, cooking


Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?

Pastor’s wife, Teacher, youth leader, women’s leader.


Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?

NO


Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?

YES. Alaska and Philippines


Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
 

To show/teach the Lakota People, especially children and youth, about the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 
      First, the Children. Second, the unity of us working together for the Lord.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
 
       Pray for God’s will and Holy Spirit to lead us in this mission.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Introducing Rose

Rose
(No picture available)

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
Reading, Piano, Sewing and Travel

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
Worked at a Bank, Was a secretary at an elementary school for 18 years

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
no

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
 
no

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
I have always wanted to go on a mission trip and this is my first opportunity

Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 
          Doing something helpfut for others

Q. How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Help me to have courage and good health

Friday, March 29, 2013

Introducing Carrie

 
Carrie

Q. What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?

      Spending time with my family and friends are number 1 on my list. I have a six year old           Niece  and 2 nephews age 5 and age 4. They fill my heart with love and joy. I also enjoy traveling the world. I have been so blessed to have visited some beautiful and amazing places. I am a huge Olympic follower and have to say standing on the grounds in Greece where it all began has to be one of my favorite highlights.

Q. What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
             I have worked at Carthage Mills for the last 14 years.I started out as the receptionist and 
            after 5 years moved up to the Customer Service Department. I enjoy what I do.
Q. Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
 
          Yes, last year was my first trip.
Q. Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
 
         No, But I hope to someday.

Q. Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
 
 My best friend Angie Coffey came back from her trip to Pine Ridge back in 2011 with the most  amazing stories, pictures and memories. I knew this was something I must do and see for myself.I am so happy to be going back this year.I can’t wait to see those beautiful little faces and smiles.I knew before I left there last year that I would be going again this year. I have spent the last 8 months spreading the word about the Lakota people to anyone who will listen. Backpacks for Pine Ridge is something I am proud to be part of.

 

Q. How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
 

Pray for good health and strength and safe travels for me and my team

 
 
What is something else you would like for us to know about you? 

I try to live my life to the fullest.I hope to continue to always make my friends and family proud.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Introducing Bailey


Bailey

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
I really enjoy reading. My favorite types of books are mysteries, romance, suspense, and thrillers. However, I do enjoy biographies and historical fiction as well. I am also currently reading some fantasy titles. I enjoy running. I like that it helps me stay fit but I really run just for me. Its a time that I can be alone and work through any issues going on in my life, it helps clear my head.

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I am a teacher. I am still looking for a full time classroom job but have spent the last 3 years working at Northwest Local Schools as a Title I teacher. I pull small groups of children to help improve their reading and math skills.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
This will be my fourth trip to Pine Ridge.

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
This is the only mission I have been on, and this trip actually helped bring me back to church.

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
I am a firm believer that the best way to change the future for any culture is to reach out to the children and educate them. This mission does both of those things. We show the Lakota children that people outside of their village do love and care about them. We also help give them the tools to get an education. In my heart, I know that with those two tools, education and love, they can do anything.

Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
I am excited to see how the kids have grown and changed. It always amazes me how much they mature over the course of one year.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Please pray that I have found a full time job, prior to the trip so I can put my full focus on the children out there and not be worried about missing interview opportunities. Also pray that the team can come together and work as a unified force to show the children our love and God's love.

Introducing Linda

 
Linda
 
Q.  What are some of your interest, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
 
              My interest is bird watching and nature walks.  My gift is the gift of song. I love to sing
             I’m  no Amy Grant but I am what the Lord made me for his honor and glory. So that’s good   
             enough for me. My hobbies is trash to treasure so they call it. I love to take old stuff and  
             make them new.

Q.  What kind of work do you do?
 I have the best job in the world. I babysit for two of my five grandchildren. Can’t get any better than that.


Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before?
Last year was my first mission trip to Pine Ridge. My husband had been two years before me.


Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before?
 
I’ve never been on a mission trip before but always felt the desire and tug at my heart to someday go on one
.
 
Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
This question is easy. I have heard so much about the trip from my husband and others that have went and saw the compassion they have for the kids and people of Pine Ridge. I always felt like I was there with them. I was in prayer and in spirit. Now I know why Pine Ridge is so important to the crew. The kids are such a blessing and so are the leaders of the mission there.


Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 Seeing the kids again for one. I missed them so much after we got back home. I’m constantly wondering what they are doing. I’m also looking forward to having another church join us this year. It’s going to be such a blessing to share this experience with them.


Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
I feel the best prayer that could ever go up to the father for me and the crew is that we are spiritually ready. I know if we are prayed up and studied up that the Lord will take care of the rest. So all I ask is pray for guidance to withstand any adversaries that we might face.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Introducing Ann

 
 
Ann

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
I like to travel, read, paint, and spend time with my family especially grandchildren. I believe my gift is teaching.

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
 
I was an elementary teacher and taught first and second grade.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
No

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
 
No

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
 
When I read about Pine Ridge and saw some of the statistics I couldn't believe that this was a place in the United States. My heart was touched by all I read.

Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
 
Being with the children and sharing about Christ with them.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
That I will be spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally ready for whatever happens.

Anything else you would like for us to know about you.
 
   I am very excited about the trip and meeting all of you and the people at Pine Ridge. We were in this area last September on vacation and did all the tourist stuff. I saw Pine Ridge on the map but never thought I would be coming
back on a mission trip.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Introducing Clayton

Clayton
Sorry, no picture is available 

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
 
Ministry, Hunting, Fishing, Outdoor activities.

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
Pastor, Area Administrator, General handyman
.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
 
         Three Years ago.

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before?  If so, where have you gone?
Mexico, (twice) Guatemala, El Salvador, Equador
.

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
Always had a heart for the American Indians.

Q..What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
Getting better acquainted with life on a reservation.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
 
That somehow I can make an impact on those we will be working with that will glorify God.

Anything else you would like for us to know about you.
Due to my hearing disability I perhaps can be most useful on some work detail, but I am willing to serve wherever I am needed most.

Introducing Scott



Scott
 
Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
Teach, Preach, Spend time with Lisa (wife).  Like to play and watch football, basketball, baseball, etc
Q. What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I pastor now full-time.  I used to be in ministry bi-vocationally along with doing Sales (HAVAC, Insurance), Management (Restaurant, Warehouse).
Q. Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
No
 
Q. Have you been involved with other mission trips before?  If so, where have you gone?
Yes, Costa Rica '91, Romania '93, Philippines '99
 
Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
The main reason I am interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach at this time is for our church (Grape Chapel Church of God) to be "hands on" in a mission trip/project.  I want to be an inspiration to the Lakota Sioux people. 
 
 
Q. What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
      
         1. Building relationships with the Lakota Sioux people of Pine Ridge.
         2. Spread the Love and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Pray for Souls to be saved and lives to be changed because of the seeds of love being planted.  Pray for favor with the people and God's will be done.  Pray for safety traveling, working and ministering
.

Anything else you would like for us to know about you.
Personal Mission Statement - "Building the Kingdom of God; one soul at a time."

Introducing Ericka

 
Ericka
Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
I spend most of my free time with my family and friends. I have recently learned to ride a motorcycle and enjoy doing that with my dad. I spend a lot of time during the summer at the pool. I like being outdoors. I love trying new things and traveling. I have been skydiving and ziplinning and would do either activity anytime. I am always up for an adventure!

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I am an Intervention Specialist at an elementary school. I am also a receptionist at a hair salon part-time.  
Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
I have been on the trip before. This will be my 8th year going to Pine Ridge.

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
I have not been on any other mission trips. Some day, I hope to go on other trips but right now I feel very blessed and fortunate to be participating as a member of the Pine Ridge Mission Team.

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
When I first signed up for the Pine Ridge Mission Trip, I felt that it was a good mission trip to start out with. I liked that it was in the United States. I also liked that we were going to be delivering backpacks to the children and promoting education along with hope for a better future. Amber had told me that the trip was mostly about forming relationships and a lot of the relationship building was with children. Since I truly value education and love working with children, it sounded like the perfect trip for me. After going on the trip the first year and seeing the relationships that other crew members had built, I knew I wanted to continue being a part of it. I return every year to continue building the relationships with the amazing children that I have met on the rez.
Q. What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
I am most looking forward to seeing the kids and spending time with them. I enjoy getting to know the crew and the experiences that we go through as a team.
Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Pray that I listen and follow God's lead with confidence in situations that I am put in during the trip. There are always situations on the trip that put me outside of my comfort zone and challenge me. During those times, I hope that I know what to say and do to show God's love.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Introducing Amber (Team Leader)

Since we have two groups from two different states coming together for the 2013 trip, I thought a way we can "get to know" each other a little better is to post a short bio for each team member.  I'll go first, NOT because I think I'm more important, but because its simply easier - I don't have anyone else's info back yet.  Check back for other team member bios in the near future. 

 
Amber



Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
     
Where to begin ... I enjoy family get togethers and my dogs.  My twin grandsons are some of my favorite people to hang out with because they have such a fresh, and unique view of the world.  A favorite thing for me to do is to sit by a fireplace and read or crochet.  I like to kayak.  I've had a lot of fun going skydiving and would do it every week if it weren't so expensive.  I'm interested in family history and I like going to the shooting range to practice shooting.  I like gardening - most of the time.  I am a ever-starting over runner - I love it but it doesn't love me so much.

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I have been a stay at home mom while my kids were growing up.  I've done all kinds of odd jobs - everything from driving a bread truck to working in a day care center.  I've done retail work and made the always famous Cinnabons.  Now I do volunteer work for the most part
.

Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
This will be my 11th year going to the Rez and my 10th year leading a crew. 

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
I have gone to Romania not long after the Revolution that freed Romania from Communism.  Roy and Scott were also on that trip and were a joy to work with.  I have also been to Haiti.

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
There are a lot of reasons.  I first was interested in it because it was more accessible for people in our church who were not able to go to another country but still wanted to go and do something of service.  Once I got to know the Lakota people ... well, I have such an enormous respect for them and the challenges they have bravely faced and love their sense of humor that now I can't imagine not going back
.

Q.  What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
Oh several things.  It is always amazing ... no, really it is amazing to watch God at work.  Things always come together in ways that you couldn't plan or predict and you just know it was a God thing.  It grows your faith.  And then there are the kids.  There's just nothing like them.  You never know what to expect from them but they are always incredible.  Sometimes they challenge you, sometimes they make you laugh, and sometimes they make you cry.  They are always unforgettable.

Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Pray that I am sensitive to God's leading.  Pray that I stay  healthy.

.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Being Spiritually Prepared

This can be a difficult topic to address because so many people in various degrees of spiritual maturity go on these trips.  There are however, some basic principles that we all can strive toward as we begin to prepare to go on a mission trip.  All of us are always striving in all of these areas but because of what we are facing, it is important to make sure we are doing all we can on our part. 


What are we facing?

Well, from the moment you signed up for the trip, you became a target.  Rest assured, the enemy of your soul does not want you to go on the trip and share the love of Jesus.   Yes, its true that bad things happen to people all the time anyway, and yes, the Bible says it "rains on the just and the unjust alike", but it is also true that those who are taking a more active role in sharing Jesus will be under attack.  You, as a team member, need to be prepared for that.  Both as we prepare to go and once we are there, you may come under spiritual attack.  How will you handle that?  Are you ready? 

We are also facing huge challenges.  There is the challenge of traveling to an unfamiliar culture and trying to be a representative of Jesus.  To this end, it is even perhaps a greater challenge with Native Americans because of the atrocities that have been carried out against them by those claiming to be doing God's work in the past.  Its a sad fact that many of the abuses against the Lakota were done by white Christian missionaries.  So, we have a tough job - showing them a more accurate picture of what Jesus is about.

We also have the challenge of dealing with the annoying habits of those on our own team.  After being in close quarters with people who have all different personalities for an extended period of time ... well .... patience can wear thin quickly sometimes.  And yet, we still need to respond in love to our teammates not only because its the right thing to do, but also because the people we are trying to reach out to are watching. 

We also need to be prepared to deal with whatever situation may come up while out there.  I tell the crew every year that ANYTHING can happen at ANY TIME.  You may be thinking that if something arises that you don't feel confident in dealing with that you'll go find someone who is, but that is not always an option.  You may find yourself in situation where the only option is for YOU to deal with it. 

And so ... you should be prepared. 

What can you do to prepare?

  1. Pray.  Pray for yourself, those on your team, for the missionaries out there, and for the Lakota people.  Pray for your family too - they will either be your biggest supporter or your toughest obstacle.  You were given a prayer partner that you can email, text, call, or meet with once a week to support each other in prayer.  Ask them how you can pray for them and let them know how they can pray for you. 
  2. Have a "working knowledge" of Scripture.  If memorization works for you, great, but I'm far more concerned with having Scripture become such a part of who you are that you live it out - not just memorize it.  Anyone can memorize scripture.  Living it out is much tougher.  That's what I call a "working knowledge" - so that when you encounter situations you have the working knowledge of God's word so ingrained in you that you will handle it in a God-pleasing way.  It may still scare you to death, but you'll do the right thing.
  3. Fast.  Find a way to fast that will work for you - if you are diabetic or have other health issues, don't do something to put your health at risk, but there are many ways you can fast.  Find a way to do it.  I may be different but I do not believe fasting changes God or changes God's mind about anything.  I don't believe God is the one who needs changing.  Rather, fasting changes US.  It helps us be more attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Fasting was often used by those seeking God's direction in the Bible.  Fasting also helps us develop discipline.  And lastly, we have been asked by one of the Lakota people to "fast and pray" for his people. 

You were also given a Bible Study to use as you prepare to go on the trip.  The topics covered will help you prepare your heart and mind for the challenge ahead.  You may do that on your own, or with a partner or in small groups. 

And the result?

You will experience an adventure in faith that will leave you amazed!  Completely amazed!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Being Physically Prepared

Its almost February and that means that its time to talk about being physically prepared for the trip.  That will include some easy things, and some that are not so easy - all are important and all are worth the time and effort. 

I suggest the first thing you do is schedule a visit to your doctor to make sure you are healthy.  You will not need any shots for this trip, however, if you are not current on your tetanus vaccine, it would be a good idea to get up to date on that - you never know what you will encounter, step on or get cut by on these trips. 

While you are talking to your doctor, if you are one of those folks who have allergies that cause you to go into Anaphylactic shock, see if your doctor will prescribe an EpiPen for you to take with you on the trip.  We've never had a problem like that, but ... you never know.  Since medical help can be far away (the nearest big hospital is 2 hours away) you will want to do everything you can to take care of yourself. 

And while you are at the doctor, check with him/her about an exercise program.  (This will make your doctor very happy.)

What does exercise have to do with mission trips??  Well ... a lot actually.

These are very physically demanding trips.  The way I see it, you can suffer some now while you have all of the comforts of home, or you can suffer more there where you have none of the comforts of home.  Either way, you're gonna hurt.  You will hurt less if you do everything you can to get in better shape for the trip.

It doesn't have to be a lot.  Just do something.  Walk for 10 minutes.  Then next week, walk 15 minutes.  Keep doing a bit more and soon you will surprise yourself and you'll be feeling better.  I find it easier to keep up an exercise program if I find something I enjoy doing.  If its something I like, I'll be more likely to stick with it rather than dread something I have to do because I should.  Think of it as time to go out and play like a child, or as time for yourself.  Whatever it takes, please, please, please do it.  It''ll mean more room in the van. : )  Just kidding.  You will be more productive and more effective in serving God if you are more fit.  That my friends, is just a fact. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

What Can You Expect??

It’s not about you!   You've heard me say that a million times, right? What does it mean??       

Sometimes … some people ….sign up for a mission trip thinking it will be a good thing for them or thinking it will be a good time for their family.  While that can be the case, it is not a good reason to sign up for a mission trip. 

Mission trips by their very nature are demanding.  They demand your time, your commitment, not only to do the actual trip, but to prepare for it as well.  They demand that you put yourself, your wishes, and your comforts aside.  The days are long and hard as you will experience some of the following:


  • No privacy – even when you go to the bathroom, someone will be there.
  • Food that is not what you would choose if you were at home.
  • Crowded, cramped conditions.
  • A climate that you are unaccustomed to.
  • A culture you are unaccustomed to.
 
Those are just to mention a few of the challenges you will face on a mission trip.  It takes someone who has the ability to put themselves last.  That sounds simple enough, but can you do it?  There are 52 weeks in a year and most of us spend every one of those doing everything within our power to make ourselves comfortable and happy.  Doing differently for a week or more can challenge the best of folks.  For those able to pull it off, they discover a joy that is unattainable if you merely are trying to make yourself happy and comfortable.

Yes, yes, I know that we ALL need the help of the Holy Spirit to pull that off or to even come close – that’s a whole other topic and one we will address when we talk about being Spiritually Prepared.  This post is to give you a head’s up about what to expect.


Our Mission

To Build Relationships with the Lakota people

To share the love of Jesus is practical ways

To Listen and Learn from the Lakota people
 
 

 

Expectations

What can you expect?  I’ve mentioned a few things here already.  Let’s go a bit further. 
 
It is HOT in South Dakota in July.  Temps can reach as high as 110.  BUT, don’t plan on it being hot.  In the evening it can cool off to the upper 50’s or 60’s.   Plan your dress accordingly.  Shorts are fine, but don’t forget to throw in a pair of jeans and a jacket or sweatshirt.

 
You will be dirty.  You will be working, sometimes outside.  You will be outside teaching and playing with kids all afternoon.  There is some dust.  J  You will get dirty and will likely stay that way. 

You will be tired.  A typical day looks like this:

Breakfast at 6am.

Work Projects after breakfast – 11-11:30am

Pick up kids for VBS

Noon - Lunch – feed up to 100+ kids lunch

After lunch - VBS

After VBS - Playtime on the playground

4:00pm  - Take the kids home

Pick up Teens

5:30 - Dinner with the teenagers

Teen Night activities

9PM – Take teens home

10pm – evening devotions and team sharing time

Besides all of that, there is kitchen duty, bathroom duty, cleaning out vans that needs to be done daily.  Yes, you will be tired. 
 

What I expect from the crew

I’ve been known to have high expectations of the crew – because I believe that 1, we are doing one of the most important things we as followers of Christ can do – affecting souls, and 2, I believe people going on mission trips are capable of great things.  Its really pretty simple stuff – stuff that your employer probably expects from you – and since souls are far more important than a job, its my belief that we should be no less responsible on mission trips as we would be to other responsibilities.  Here are some things I expect:

 
Be respectful –  That is really central to all of my expectations and all of the others hinge of this one.  Be respectful of the Lakota people, of the missionaries there, of your crewmates – even the one’s who get on your nerves.  If you have a disagreement with someone, handle it in a respectful manner – just as you would want someone to approach you with a problem.

 
Be responsible – be at monthly meetings so you are informed and equipped to carry out your responsibilities.  If meetings were not important, I wouldn’t waste my time on them.  Don’t ask if we’re doing anything important – we are, hence the meeting. 

 
Being responsible also includes being on time to meetings, and being respectful of your teammates time.  Others have taken time out of their day and made the effort to be on time, to do less is disrespectful of their time. 


Being responsible means making payments on time.  We have a person who spends hours and hours of their time keeping our accounts in order and making trips to the bank to deposit payments.  When someone is late, it really throws a wrench into all of that and makes their job MUCH more difficult than it should be.  Respect their time and willingness to serve our crew in this capacity and get your payments in on time. 


Oh, and one last thing that will really help you out a lot – a sense of humor! 

 

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

A New Year, A New Trip, A New Crew!

Meet  "The Dirty Dozen", our crew for 2013. 

We have a somewhat smaller crew this year but we also have some really cool possibilities ahead for this year's trip.  There is a chance that we'll be joining with another congregation from Arkansas for the trip.  Their pastor, Scott P. contacted me about their interest in going along with us this year, and it couldn't be at a better time! 

On our end, we have 12 crew members:

Amber B.
Cathy J.
Charles J.
Earl B.
Linda B.
Ericka B.
Bailey C.
Dennis W.
Jeff S.
Roy H.
Angie C.
Carrie P.

We are looking forward to another year with our friends on the Rez!!