You can help!!!
There are many individual and group projects available on the reservation year round. We have observed other groups visiting the reservation mostly conducting their visits primarily during the summer and warm weather months. Some needs are most critical during the winter months.
Whenever possible it is in the Lakota people’s best interest to work along side of the missionary groups, thereby giving great opportunity for those people involved to gain trust, see very closely the Love of Christ, and to conduct personal evangelism.
Some people on the Reservation are physically unable to assist with projects or they are unable to assist for financial reasons. There are also some unable to assist because of age or disability, however for real encouragement whenever possible, pride in accomplishment should be encouraged. We have observed in many cases with all things considered, some people have lost heart and motivation due to the most severe of physical circumstances.
Some suggested projects may include:
- Cutting, splitting and stacking of firewood for winter months.
- Door to door evangelism, delivering food and/or coats always along with gospel tracts.
- Fixing windows, porches, mobile home skirting, screens, water pipes and furniture
- Painting inside and out
- Fence building
- Winterizing windows for cold weather months
- Trash, clean up and trips to the dump
- Planting gardens
- Shoveling snow
- Shampooing furniture
- Helping on house building projects
- Building Goat pens/shelters
- Building Chicken Coops
(These are just a few suggestions, but we understand everyone’s talent or gift is different)
The types of work projects can be as vast and different in relation to the number of people you may encounter. The selections of projects are often coordinated with local already established Churches, and/ or local Lakota leaders. Work projects should be conducted as “unto the Lord” and scriptural principles should never be compromised.
Work projects are available for children as young as ten through senior citizens. I have often been accompanied on personal visits by seniors. The Lakota people place high value and respect on elderly citizens within the community and watch work groups very intently to determine sincerity and respect.
It is important to understand “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man how to fish you feed him for a lifetime.”