We are home! It's been a traveling day, stopping at the Worlds Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, ND for a quick picture, watching a couple of movies, lunch at Sonic and conversations about the week. It was a week of ministry that will be embedded in our memories forever.
Our students and leaders were the definition of servants this week. The reservation is a hard place to serve, but they served with enthusiasm and grace. Tipi Wakan church did a recent survey in Cannon Ball. Out of the 100 homes there, 90 had at least one resident that was either a drug user or drug dealer. Meth is the drug of choice on the reservation and it has taken over alcohol as the most abused substance. Many of the kids that we served this week show signs of fetal alcohol syndrome or being born as a drug baby. This affects attention span and cognitive abilities. We witnessed the affects in both the kids and adults that we met throughout the week. Despite these issues, our team loved on the kids and they responded with smiles and hugs. Barriers were broken down, relationships established and Jesus displayed in words and actions. We pray that God will use this week to bring kids and adults to Jesus.
We said good bye to Pete and Angela last night but Pastor Boots was out of town doing ministry. This morning he showed up at the hotel, it was good to have a last meal with him and say our goodbyes. These 3 serve tirelessly and have been such a great example to us of a servant's heart. We will miss their stories and their smiles. It's hard to say goodbye, but good to know that the kids that we have loved this week have people in their lives that will continue to demonstrate God's love.
PS: Pete asked to look at our bus engine this week. He was a trucker, worked on large engines over the years and was curious what kind we had, etc.. As we were discussing the bus, he noticed that we had a belt missing on one of our alternators. That particular alternator uses 2 belts and the second one was frayed. Pete got 2 new belts and installed them for us ... what a huge blessing and answer to our prayer for safe travels. Thank you Pete and thank you God!!