Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rosebud 2007 Summer Missions Trip

God is faithful. He does what no man could do, or even dream.

This was our 5th summer to go to Wood, South Dakota (just a few miles of the Rosebud Reservation). In the past we've stayed in a dorm in Mission, SD (which is on the Rez), but this year God provided for us to stay in the town of Wood (populations 73, the sign says). (The pic is old - I don't have the new ones ready).

We saw God's hand in so many ways. Travel went well (even with me pulling a major idiot move - forgetting to put the pin back in so the hitch would stay on - it came off in Swea City, IA just after some railroad tracks - but not a scratch on anything). There were some professions of faith. We made more inroads in adult relationships than ever before. We were able to take some older kids tubing - which kind of forced them to trust is more and just helped our relationships. God provided an incredible building to stay in and do Kids' Club in (the Native American Community Building in Wood - a gym, 2 bathrooms, nice kitchen, computer room, and utility room - all air conditioned!!!). Our students were touched by God in so many ways.

Probably the biggest highlight for me and something we've been dreaming of for years, David, a 14 year old young man from Wood (we've known since our first day there) is home with us now for a week. We're very excited to have him with us. Please pray for his week here. I was told the day before we left that the non-Native Americans in Wood have said for years that he is a very special young man and has the greatest potential of anyone they know in Wood. He is so polite and is great with my kids. He is smart and kind. I'm loving having him with us. Pray for his schooling next year - none of the options are great so far (gangs are becoming worse and more necessary all over the Rez).

Thanks for all the prayers so many of you prayed.

Ephesians 3:20-21 is true!!!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.


At 3:14 PM, Blogger Raven said...

I love the story u made about Rosebud 2007! god bless ya Tim and sure miss ya nd be prayin 4 ya!
a friend - rAVEN eVANS


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