Since 2009, Edgewood has been sending teams of youth and adults to the reservation to learn about Native American culture and to work with the Oglala Lakota people on a variety of projects. In 2017 we will be sending two teams of 15 people each to Pine Ridge the weeks of June 23 to 30 and July 21 to 28. Edgewood will work with Re-Member, a non-profit organization, on a wide range of service and learning projects. The trip to Pine Ridge is a life-changing experience for just about everyone.
The leaders of the June 2017 trip will be Jim Detjen and Pastor Liz Miller. The leaders of the July 2017 trip will be Laura Miller-Purrenhage and Marcia Beer. These trips are a powerful way to lean about the Oglala Lakota history, art and religion. There is much poverty at Pine Ridge but the Oglala Lakota people have an incredible spirit and a powerful, resilient culture. On previous trips participants have installed insulation and ramps at people's homes, constructed bunkbeds and outhouses, assisted in gardens and worked on other projects. Participants have also sampled Lakota food, visited a powwow, met with artists and enjoyed the beauty of the windswept reservation.
Feel free to view our Nicaragua Trip slideshow from 2 years ago:
Nicaragua Mission Team Updates:
Edgewood Church is sending 5 people to Nicaragua this year and another 6 people from Webster United Church of Christ are joining us.
The members of the team include: Emily Barr, Judy Bemis, Jerry Champine, Donna Champine, Claire Lewis, Nicolas Lewis, Marcia Meabon, Carolyn Ojala, David Polley, Mary Swain, and Kris Wisniewski
The team will be working in the little village of Bijaque, (150 residents), 30 km outside of Managua. We will be working with the community on a water reservoir and with community gardens. We will also spend a lot of time learning about the community and its hopes for the future. Thanks to all who have financially supported the mission trip. We raised about $3000 from the silent auction. These funds will help provide scholarships to team members in need of support for this trip and for our projects in Bijaque.