Thank you to the team who painted the youth room!
Wednesday evenings at 6:45pm
Part of our Wednesday at the Word program is our ministry to teens. You can sign up to share a meal at 6pm or come at 6:45 for the activity. Middle School and High School groups meet separately or together, depending on the activities for the evening. We try to provide a mix of fun, growth and service throughout the year in a safe and welcoming atmosphere that keeps our teens coming back week after week! Some of the service projects we have supported in the past include: 30-hour famine, Bite-Back, SERVE, Haymarket Food Pantry, CareNet PRC, Operation Christmas Child, International Justice Mission, and One-by-Youth.
Red Lake Indian Reservation Mission Trip
July 25 to August 3, 2014
The team from our church, Liz McCaslin, Kaye Taft, Michael Taft, Joey Miller, Halle Williams, Michael Bridgman, Hunter Long, and Auburn Forbes, were privileged to go and serve the natives of Red Lake Nation, from the Ojibwe (their preferred name but better known as Chippewa tribe.
We stayed in their beautiful Middle School and worked with teams from a Baptist and a Lutheran church from Iowa, a Catholic church from Illinois, and an athlete’s ministry from Minneapolis. We were separated into five teams, mixing folks from the different groups. The teams went out to worksites together and did chores together: meal prep/cleanup and building cleanup. Our days began around 6:45 am for adult leader meetings and ended with lights out at 11:00 pm.
Our YouthWorks leaders were amazing and the work for that week was so well organized. Each work group spent two days working with the Kid’s Club, which was when we got to spend time with the children of the reservation between the ages of 4-12. Through some of our conversations with these children we learned a bit about how their lives have been impacted by poverty and the common results of poverty. It was hard to hear about, but it was important to allow them to talk and we did that while we played sports, crafted, and read books alongside them, showing them love in the name of Jesus. We also taught them a memory verse, the verse for our week was “We love because He loved us first.”
Each work group also spent two days in work projects. We finished up some home repair that other groups before us had started by painting a house and deck with a ramp. The home belonged to an older couple with a 40 year old daughter who has Down-syndrome. We enjoyed meeting her and speaking with her father “Dutch”. He was such a loveable man with a sense of humor and through our time with him we came to understand that he has some bitterness in him about the tense relations between the native people and the government as well as some bitterness toward the church. Though he calls himself a Catholic, he does not worship with the church on the reservation. We did what we could during our short time there to witness to him, and will continue to pray for him.
Another work project site was at Rosie’s Rescue, which is an animal rescue for dogs and cats, we painted dog shelters, cleared debris and washed dogs and especially enjoyed the litter of puppies that had just been rescued.
We spent six days on the road, but we had a wonderful time traveling thru a total of 9 states and staying the night at 3 Anglican churches for our stopovers. They all showed us such wonderful hospitality!
We spent the entire time sleeping on the floor on air mattresses and going without showers some days, or using the community-style gym showers at the middle school, so our last night, after enjoying a few hours of Cedar Point on Lake Erie, we stayed at a Ramada Inn and we so appreciated real beds and a hot shower!
Liz McCaslin did an awesome job organizing this trip and we are so grateful for her leadership and all her effort to make for a wonderful experience! Thank you to all those who prayed for us and gave financially to this trip! We all made a great team! We hope that you will join us in praying for Dutch and his family, as well as the people of Red Lake who will always be in our hearts!! By Kaye Taft.