Mission Trips


Edgewood United Church will send two teams to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in July 2019. The teams will work with Re-Member (www.re-member.org Wink, a non-profit organization that partners with the Oglala Lakota people to improve their quality of life.

 Each Edgewood team will have 15 members and participants will work on projects such as building bunkbeds and repairing homes.  A major purpose of these trips is to learn about the Lakota culture and to build relationships with the Lakota people.

Volunteers will hear native speakers, visit historic sites, participate in an artisan night and learn about the traditions of the Lakota people.

The 3,467-square mile reservation in southwest South Dakota is bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Parts of the rugged landscape have a wide-open western beauty. But it is also one of the poorest communities in the United States with high rates of alcoholism, diabetes, and infant mortality.

The first trip will be from July 5 to 13, 2019. Jim and Connie Detjen will be the co-leaders. Participants must be at least 12 years old.

The second trip will be from July 19 to 27, 2019. Marcia Beer and Laura Miller-Purrenhage will be the co-leaders. This will be Edgewood’s  summer youth trip and participants must be at least eight years old.

The cost of the trip is $575 for people 12 and older. The cost for people 8 to 11 is $287.50 . The cost includes all meals, lodging and supplies while at Pine Ridge. Scholarships are available.

A deposit of $50 per family will hold your spot. Make all checks out to Edgewood United Church with Pine Ridge on the memo line. Please indicate which trip (1 or 2) you are sending in a reservation for. Spots are limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. Send your checks to Nancy Lynn, Edgewood United Church, 469 North Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

We expect to organize at least two fundraisers in 2019 to support this trip. In addition, there will be informational meetings to prepare participants for the trip.

It takes about 18 hours to drive to Pine Ridge. On the first trip participants will car pool together. On the second trip we’ll rent a large van and will take a mini-van for luggage.

Edgewood will cover the following travel costs: $30 each way towards the round trip cost of a motel (four people to a room); $30 towards food each way; and all gas costs. If you like, you can bring along some spending money and support the Pine Ridge economy.

If you are interested in going, each person must pay $100 by February 1; $225 by March 1; and $250 by April 1. For more information about Re-Member go to www.re-member.org . You can also contact Jim Detjen at jamesdetjen@gmail.com, Connie Detjen at conniedetjen@gmail.com, Laura Miller-Purrenhage at lampurrenhage@gmail.com or Marcia Beer atmarciabeer@yahoo.com .


Feel free to view our Nicaragua Trip slideshow from 2 years ago:

June 2014 Nicaragua Trip Slideshow

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.

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