Sunday, December 23, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The deadline for the '08 trip to Pine Ridge is getting here fast. All of your registration materials along with your first payment must be in by Sunday, January 6, 2008.
To register you need to turn in:
- Your Team Member Information Form
- The Emergency Medical Information Form
- Team Member Agreement Form
- Your first non-refundable, non-transferable payment of $100
All of the forms can be found in your packet.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Here are the ages, etc.
- Hazel, the grandmother
likes bath items
Already Purchased - earrings, bath soap set
- Marie - the mother
Likes anything for her house, earrings, bath items,
Favorite colors are marroon and hunter green
Already Purchased - Winter Coat, flower arrangement, bath soap set
- Charlie the father
Likes tools and movies, gloves, cologne, hair clippers
Size 3 or 4 X shirt
Already Purchased - Watch, flannel shirt, hair clippers
- Arlo - age 11
Likes football, head and wrist bands, pants size 14 regular, man's size large shirts
Favorite color - blue
Already Purchased - football, basketball, wrist bands, blue shirt
- Michael - age 8
Man's shirt size large or XLarge
Favorite colors - yellow and green
Already Purchased - Spongebob dominos & Bingo game, game, green shirt
- Everet (Bubba) - age 7
Pants size 8 Regular
Favorite color - red
Already Purchased - Trouble game, game, red shirt
- Aleaha - age 6
Likes horses and dogs
Favorite color - pink and purple
Already Purchased - Gap hoodie sweatshirt, my little pony, pink running set
Please do not send used items.
See Amber for the address
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
In the past few weeks several young people on the Reservation have committed suicide by hanging themselves. The oldest was 21 years old. The others were younger still. The impact this has had and is having among the people there is hard to imagine. Perhaps the best way to illustrate it is to tell what the missionary told me yesterday.
One of the mothers in the village called the church in a panic because she had caught her 6 year old little girl with a noose around her neck and with the end of it thrown over the doorway and was about to pull it when her mother found her. This is a family that those of us who have gone out there know well. My son Logan has had a special bond with this little girl.
For us, this is not a story of tragedy far away. It affects our friends, our extended family if you will. It's personal and heartbreaking.
Monday, November 05, 2007
The latest news is that they now have enough money accumulated to get them through 1/3 of the winter. They also have an old cook stove that is about broken down - they are smelling propane leaking from it. They are unsure what to do about that.
I also talked to Stella White Eyes at the Porcupine Clinic. I called to let them know that our church had a check for them that I would be putting in the mail. Here is a piece of that conversation ..
"Porcupine Clinic, can I help you"
"Is Stella White Eyes available?"
"She just stepped out to get the mail. Can I take a message?"
"My name is Amber and we normally come out to Allen each year. We heard about your need of propane and I wanted to call and let you know that we collected $800 yesterday at our church and I will be putting that check in the mail tomorrow."
Before I could finish my sentence, I heard a wild gasp and the lady on the phone said, "OH! Wait and let me get Stella ... she will want to talk to you!"
A bit later Stella came on the line and I told her the same thing I had said to the other lady. She was very touched and grateful and told me to "thank all of those people for me".
It was cool to hear the relief and excitment in her voice.
The clinic is back up and running but they still have many needs. Continue to pray for these folks.
Monday, October 29, 2007
According to Stella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant for the Clinic, the Clinic has closed its doors until it can find resources to fund their heating costs.
Porcupine Clinic is the only independent Indian community-controlled health clinic in the United States. It is not connected with the Federal Indian Health Services (IHS) program and is funded primarily by grants and donations. Unfortunately, those resources have become exceptionally rare this year.Porcupine Clinic opened its doors in 1992 and serves the entire Reservation as well as the Porcupine District in which it is located. Patients are billed according to their ability to pay and many patients, including low-income Elders and children, receive free health care there. In 2004, the Porcupine Clinic opened its dialysis unit, saving countless lives of those diabetic patients who could not journey 120 miles away to Rapid City for needed dialysis treatment several times a week. The only other dialysis treatment available on the 11,000 square mile (2.7 million acres) Reservation is located in the small IHS Hospital in the community of Pine Ridge. But that facility hosts only a handful of dialysis beds, is up to 100 miles away from the more remote areas of the Reservation, and is completely unable to treat the vast need of the entire Reservation.
Recent statistics state that the diabetes rate on Pine Ridge is 800% that of the National average and the life expectancy rate is 52 to 58 years old. It is said that 55% of the adults on Pine Ridge over the age of 40 have diabetes.
Ms. White Eyes states that the Clinic has been unable to pay their annual propane tank rental fees of $245 (for both the Clinic and dialysis unit tanks) or for the propane to fill them. They have three tanks: a thousand gallon tank which services the main clinic and two five hundred gallon tanks servicing the dialysis unit. The minimum propane delivery from their provider, Western Cooperative (WESTCO) out of Chadron and Hay Springs, Nebraska, is $360. If all the tanks were filled, at $1.69 per gallon, it would cost well over $3,000. Further, that will need to happen more than once this winter.
While the dialysis unit helps to fund at least part of its own propane use, the Clinic is out of funding now, just as winter is approaching fast. Harvey Iron Boy, Porcupine District Vice President and Head Man, spoke of the vital role that the Clinic plays in the local district as well as the Reservation as a whole. Not only are the health care services, bi-lingual assistance, diabetic education, and dialysis treatments all meeting critical needs on the Reservation but there are more basic needs met by the Clinic as well. He pointed out that locals often come into the Clinic simply to get warm on days when they have no heat in their own homes. Ms. White Eyes has contacted various non-profits and assistance organizations but has largely gone unanswered.
Anyone wishing to donate towards propane fuel for the Porcupine Clinic may do so directly to the propane company. Please contact: Loretta at Western Cooperative (WESTCO) 170 Bordeaux St Chadron, NE 69337-2342 Call Toll Free 800-762-9906 Credit Card and Bank Card donations by phone will be accepted. Small donations are also welcome and will accumulate until the minimum delivery has been reached and then the company will make a delivery of propane to the Clinic.Please clearly mark any donation "For Porcupine Clinic." Donations may also be sent directly to the Clinic.For more information, please contact:Porcupine ClinicStella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant P.O. Box 99 Porcupine, SD 57772 Internet Information:http://www.lakotamall.com/porcupine/Phone: 605-867-5655Note: Due to lack of heat, there may or may not be anyone available to answer the phone at the Clinic at this time. Please leave a message.Stephanie M. Schwartz may be reached at SilvrDrach@Gmail.com Visit other writings of Stephanie M. Schwartz at www.SilvrDrach.homestead.com
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Please order from the person selling the item you wish to order.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Good Afternoon Amber,
I am happy to inform you that Backpacks for Pine Ridge was selected as our monthy mission focus for Mission Coffeehouse. Over the course of the month we collected $638.18 for your cause.
Mission Coffeehouse was opened just over one year ago. We are a fully functioning coffeehouse with a foundation in faith. We are located in the First Lutheran Church in Brookings, SD. We not only sell Fair Trade Coffee but all income over expenses goes to support missions such as yours.
We want to thank you for your dedicated efforts and wish you wll on your next trip to Pine Ridge.
(name omitted for online security)
I don't even know what to say. I am continually amazed at the generousity of strangers.
If you are ever in the Brookings, SD area, stop by Mission Coffeehouse and have a cup of coffee and thank them for caring for others by selling Fair Trade coffee and giving to missions.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The dinner will be following the morning worship service in the fellowship hall.
We will sell tickets in advance, so team members may sell tickets at work or to family or neighbors.
We will need team members to help with all aspects of this event. Team members who work the event will benefit from it, and those who do not, will not benefit. Proceeds will go toward team member's trip costs.
Monday, October 01, 2007
We are going to do it different this year to allow people who are not going with us in '08 to be a part of the trip if they want to. I am going to open it up to the church and will take the first 15 people who sign up. Crew members are welcome to sign up too, in fact, we'll need some of them, but this way some who are not able to travel to the Reservation with us can still have a "hands on" experience in helping.
So, if you want to come - let me know so I can add you to the list.
By the way, we are still collecting money, backpacks and school supplies. We currently have enough for 3 villages but if we get more, we will take more - we'll just have another backpack packing party to get them filled and packed.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
As I've researched what it would take to pull this off, my heart has been broken all over again. Reading the statistics about Pine Ridge will do that to you. If I didn't know the Lakota people, their sense of humor and their incredible ability to survive, I would be tempted to despair.
I've often said that the Pine Ridge Reservation is the "poorest place in America". Here is what Wikipedia says about it, and particularly about Allen, the village we go to.
Allen, SD is considered to be the Poorest place in America About 95.9% of families and 96.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 97.1% of those under age 18 and 100.0% of those age 65 or over. Only Haiti has a lower life expectancy anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.
Like I said, it's heartbreaking.
Monday, September 24, 2007
These display cases look like the one pictured and are made of solid oak with a glass front. They can be used to display the Flag, Military, Police or Firefighter memorabilia.
Here is how it will work...
These cases will be available for anyone making a donation of at least $100.00.
Team members can include this in their sponsor letters to take orders for them from family/friends/coworkers. Money from any cases you sell will go into your account to pay for your trip costs.
Any donations of $100 or more outside of sponsor money will go toward the purchase of product from Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash. We hope to be able to take another truck load of product to the mission next summer but we will need to raise at least $2500.00 to do this.
John also makes wooden toaster tongs that he is making available for $2.00 each to the Mission teams.
John will need to know ASAP if you have any orders for these cases.
We will kick off the fundraiser at church on Veterans Day but you can put this info. in your sponsor letters now.
If you have any questions you can email Amber
Monday, September 17, 2007
That is really how these trips came to be and each year there are several instances where that kind of thing happens.
I just spoke to Shelly a few minutes ago. I called to check on the electric problems they are having and to see how everyone is doing. I also wanted to talk to her about the possibility of taking backpacks and school supplies to a 3rd village.
Our supporters have been very generous this year. We had originally hoped to expand the backpack project to include the village of Allen and Wounded Knee, but it is only September and we already have enough backpacks and school supplies to expand to include a 3rd village! I needed to find a contact in a 3rd village where we can distribute them. I wasn't sure where we would take them or how it would work but I knew there were plenty of children on the Rez that needed them and that we would figure out a way to get them to them. I had been thinking of taking them to Kyle but I wasn't sure. I don't know anyone in Kyle and was not sure how many kids were there and I wasn't sure if maybe there was another village that would need them more. So I called Shelly and told her we had enough backpacks for Allen and Wounded Knee and that we still have 100 more that could go to another village. She immediately suggested - you guessed it - Kyle.
So many times that's the way things go. It has been my philosophy to just collect all we can and we'll figure out where to put it and how to get it there. I have no idea what will happen but we move on. I rarely have clear "leading" from God on a matter but I don't want to limit what God may be trying to do so we just move on and then figure out the specifics as we need to. And every single time it is crystal clear that He is really in control and has been leading all the time. Some may say that we're getting ahead of God. Maybe so, but I assure you we've not had that happen yet.
Besides, I think I'd rather be out there doing something, even if it's making mistakes, than to sit around wondering what we're supposed to do and end up doing nothing.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
That includes all of the following expenses:
- Truck Rental
- Van Rental
- Pallets of Product
- Backpacks/school supplies for 150 kids
- Teen Nights
- Work Projects - at the Pass Creek Church as well as in people' s homes
If we had to pay for all of that and had no donations the cost of the trip would have been $736.00 each. (with 26 people going)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here's how it works...
You can buy the coffee and 48% of the money from your purchase will go toward purchasing backpacks and school supplies for the children on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It's a situation where everyone wins and we have an opportunity to make a difference in many ways.
- First, we will be making money to purchase school supplies and making a difference in the lives of children on the reservation.
- We will also be helping the farmers who in developing countries by purchasing Fair Trade coffee.
- And, we will be raising awareness about Fair Trade products.
That's 3 different ways we can make a difference!
Will it cost more? Yes, but your money will be doing so much good on so many levels and the products are so much betterAbout Fair TradeFair Trade ensures that the farmers who grow the coffee in Third World countries are paid a fair wage for their crops, that they do not have to work in hazardous conditions, and that no child labor is used.
Some things you may not know ...
- The farmers who grow the coffee we drink are often paid less than it cost them to grow their crop, keeping them in a cycle of poverty.
- With chocolate, the story is far worse. "While chocolate is sweet for us, it can be heartbreaking for the hundreds of thousands of child laborers that pick the cocoa that goes into some of our favorite treats. In 2001, the U.S. State Department, the International Labor Organization and others reported child slavery on many cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, source of 43% of the worlds cocoa. Subsequent research by theInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture revealed some 284,000 children between the ages of 9 and 12 working in hazardous conditions on West African cocoa farms. Of these children, it was reported that some 12,000 child cocoa workers that had participated in the study were likely to have arrived in theirsituation as a result of child trafficking". - From The Global Exchange
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007 @ 4PM
Anyone who has interest in going on this trip needs to be at the meeting. Attending the meeting does not in any way commit you to going on the trip.
If you have never been on a Pine Ridge Trip before it essential that you attend this meeting. You need to know what you're getting into before you make a decision about registration.
If you have gone on two (2) of these trips in the past, you need not attend this meeting but you will need to see me for your folder with your registration materials in it.
All youth 13-16 must have a parent attend the meeting with them.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
- ALL of the school supplies for the village of Allen!!
- 64 Backpacks for the village of Allen
- We still need 86 more backpacks and then we will have all of the backpacks AND schooll supplies for the village of Allen
- ALL of the Folders for the village of Wounded Knee!
- ALL of the crayons for the village of Wounded Knee!
- ALL of the notebooks for the village of Wounded Knee!
Of course, we still need $ to finish purchasing backpacks and school supplies.
This is Cody's old room, now the "Backpack Room". Brian came in today and took a look inside and said, "That's a LOT of school supplies ... oh look, we have labels on the walls".
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
We are exhausted! We gave up vacation time. We've traveled many hours, worked hard, put in long days and short nights. We averaged 4 hours sleep a night. Some of us were sick. Others got sick. Some of us were bitten, slapped, and snotted on. Some of us had our hearts completely broken.
We've delivered food to people who had none. We delivered water to people who didn't have water. We've put in electricity to someone's home. We took a truckload of product that can be given out to the people as needed. We took life-saving heaters for the winter. We visited in homes. We bandaged a drunk Indian who had been stabbed. We were given the honor of being invited to join in one of the Lakota sacred ceremonies of a sweat lodge. We ate a lot of dirt on rez roads. We painted over gang graffiti in the village - and added some positive graffiti of our own. Physically, we were miserable. Emotionally we were drained. Spiritually we were enriched. Jesus walked with us in unexpected places. None of us will ever be the same again.
Unloading the truck - all 7 tons of it, by hand