Monday, February 26, 2007

A Bit of News From The Rez

I talked to Shelly again today. The newsletters are coming! As soon as I get them I'll pass them out.

Something cool - I told her we were doing a Safari theme this year and she told me that she would decorate the place for us before we get there. She did a Safari theme VBS in Rapid City a few years ago and still has all the stuff! It's just kind of cool how God works things out!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Kicking Off 2 Weeks of Sacrifice!

Feb. 25 - March 11th will be Two Weeks of Sacrifice to help build wells in Africa through the ministry of Blood:Water Mission.

What You Do:
  • Voluntarily give up all beverages except water for 2 weeks.
  • Keep track of what you would normally spend on those beverages and save keep it in a cup or jar
  • On March 11th bring your saved money to church and place it in the "well" in the narthex.
This is a way to give without it costing you anything more than what you normally spend. You can also choose to simply make a donation.

Why Africa?
  • Because the need is so great and the solution is so easy.
  • ONE dollar can provide clean water for ONE African for ONE year!
  • Millions of people in Africa do not have access to clean water. (See THIS STORY.)
  • 2800 children in Africa die every day from Malaria.
  • Scripture tells us that when we see someone in need and have the ability to help them, we should.
    1 John 3:17

What You Should Know About Blood:Water Mission

  • They are a Christian ministry started by the guys in Jars of Clay. Your gift is given in the name of Christ
  • They do not simply send water - they build wells to provide a sustainable source of clean water
  • 100% of the money given through this project goes toward building wells in Africa. The operating expenses of the ministry are raised in other ways. Money raised to build wells, goes to build wells.
  • Make checks out to Blood:Water Mission. Your gift is tax deductible.

If You Do Not Attend Winton Rd. First Church of God but would like to participate in the 2 Weeks of Sacrifice we welcome you to join. You do not need to send us any money. The mailing address for the 1000 Wells Project of Blood:Water Mission can be found on their web site (linked above).

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Rabid Granny

I've been getting a lot of requests for the Pine Ridge videos on The latest is from a rock group called Rabid Granny! Check them out as you have time. They have linked to here and are using the Lakota "One" video on their site.

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Penny War Results

The total received from the Penny War was $396.40.

Divided by the 7 people who worked.... comes to $42.34 with .02 left over for the "slush" fund.

And the winning class is ........ you'll have to wait to find out!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

2007 T-Shirt Design

We are going to try to get olive green (Army green) t-shirts with this design that Cody did on them.
We are now making this t-shirt available to our church family and friends. The team member will sign them and they can serve as a reminder to keep us in your prayers while we are on the trip. If you would like one, email me at
They are priced according to the number we order so we will have to set a deadline to do this. Let me know
how many and what size you want by Sunday, Feb. 18th and then I will get back to you after I price them out. Then I will need your money by March 1st to put in the order. I can order more after that date but the cost would go up because the order would be a smaller order. They should not cost more than $14.00 and may be less.

This is NOT a fundraiser - none of the money will go toward our trip - it is just the purchase of a t-shirt for youself.

Monday, February 05, 2007

News From the Rez

It's been a "Pine Ridge" morning.

I have worked on pricing out the t-shirts, and a few other Pine Ridge business matters.

Then the water guns arrived via FedEx. I know the FedEx man is very familiar with our addres and probably wonders what in the world we are doing. I never actually see him - he drops it and runs, but he's got to wonder why he's bringing so many packages to our house. :)

Then I called out to the rez to see if they wanted/needed a small chest-type freezer. John has said he would raise the money and get one for us to take out if they wanted it. They do!

I also needed to ask them if there were any items they, the school, or the people in the village might need. Matthew 25 Ministires has a warehouse full of "stuff" and so I asked Barry and Shelly to make a list and to also call Stan over at the church in Wounded Knee to see if they needed anything. They will be making up a list and then we'll check with Matthew 25 Ministries to see if they have anything on their list, and we'll take it.

I'm thinking ... we're going to need a bigger truck!

When I talked to Shelly today, she shared with me some really exciting news ....

She has started a Youth Group which meets on Thursday evenings.

She also has a dinner and movie night each Friday ngiht. The kids come for dinner and then have a Christian based movie.

This is just too cool and has been badly needed for a long time!

They also have started a newsletter and she is sending me a copy of the Dec./Jan. newsletters. She will also send them each month in the future but thought we would be especially intersted in seeing the Dec./Jan. issues because our pictures are in them! I'll make copies and pass them out at church once I get them!